What to Do with Citrus Peels

· January 10, 2015

Do you know what part of citrus fruits contain the greatest number of health properties? Their peel, which is beneficial for preventing cancer or cardiovascular diseases, to prevent fluid retention and fat accumulation, or to raise your defenses, as well as many other benefits.

That is why we will explain how to use lemon, orange, mandarine, lime, and grapefruit peels in order to take advantage of their medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic benefits.

It is fundamental that they are home grown or organic fruits so that you are sure that they don’t have pesticides or other toxic substances accumulated in their peels.


How to Conserve it

The first step is to wash the fruit well, peel them, and remove the white parts from the inside that can be bitter.

The first way to use them is grating them and using them raw because in this way they will be more aromatic. But if you want to conserve them in order to use them once in awhile, you can freeze the zest. Another option is drying them naturally or in the sun or oven as well (at a low temperature for a few hours) and smash them with the help of a coffee bean grinder.

Medicinal Uses

  • Powerful antioxidant action, thanks to its flavonoid content which helps you naturally prevent and treat cancer, especially skin and breast cancer as well as minimizes the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
  • Its high content in vitamin C helps you have a strong immune system.
  • Cleansing and depurative effects in your body, inside and outside. They also help prevent fluid retention.
  • Relaxing and slightly sedative properties. Citruses help improve mood.
  • Improves your digestive system, especially with fats.
  • Improves the assimilation of nutrients, like iron for example, which is why it can help for the treatment of anemia.

Culinary Uses

Citrus peels, raw or dried, will help give you a refreshing and very aromatic touch to your recipes, as well as provide medicinal benefits and facilitate digestion:

  • In cakes, desserts, and cookies: mix them with dough or as a decoration
  • In vinaigrettes and any kind of sauce or for seasoning oils
  • As a spice (drained or as a powder) to season meats, fish, soups, and stews
  • To give an original touch to ice cubes: add fresh citrus zest to the water in the ice tray
  • You can sugar coat the entire peel or just pieces of it by boiling them with sugar as if you were making a syrup. Dip them in sugar and bake them.


To make a syrup: boil the peel with honey or sugar until half is gone. Keep this syrup in the refrigerator and use it in the kitchen for a syrup for children and adults to raise defenses and prevent diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.

Cosmetic Uses


Thanks to its content of vitamins and minerals, citruses help you clean your skin and also improve its texture, preventing flaccidity, hydrating it, and preventing the appearance of wrinkles because they improve cellular regeneration and contribute to the creation of collagen.

  • Natural exfoliant: you can make a simple and effective exfoliant to clean your skin and help it regenerate by mixing sugar or sea salt, lemon zest or powder and olive or almond oil (if you have dry skin) or aloe gel (if you have oily skin). We will explain its properties and how to apply it in this article.
  • DeodorantIf you blend citrus peels, the juice that you get can be used as a very effective natural deodorant with no harmful substances. You should keep it in the fridge for a few days or freeze it and use it little by little.
  • Soaps: We will give you a recipe for making a natural lavender soap in this article. If you use citrus peels instead of lavender, you will get a cleansing and very aromatic soap.

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