Use Lemon Peels to Heal Your Feet

Lemon peels can be used directly on the heels or grated for use as an exfoliant. Both remedies will need to work overnight for best results.
Use Lemon Peels to Heal Your Feet
Carlos Fabián Avila

Reviewed and approved by Doctor Carlos Fabián Avila.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Today on our page we’ll explain the positive that taking care of your feet has on your feet health. We’ll also show you how to use lemon peels to heal your feet.

Are you ready to give this all natural remedy a try?
We tend to forget just how hard our feet work and often neglect to give them the care and attention they deserve. Everyone should take more steps to care for their skin to keep it healthy and prevent infections.

Keeping them smooth and looking great means practicing proper hygiene and personal care, especially when you want to wear revealing footwear.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to properly care for their feet or what to do if they develop problems. This tends to lead to discomfort and problems likes calluses, cracked heels and fungal infections.

Luckily, there are a few all natural remedies to combat these problems and restore and refresh your feet in no time. Among these remedies, we find the lemon peels that most people throw away have some of the best benefits for your feet.

Lemon peels to heal your feet

Putting lemon peels on the heels with a sock on

Most people just throw lemons peels in the trash without the least idea of the hidden properties they contain. Experts tell us they contain up to ten times more vitamin C than lemon juice, on top of essential oils and powerful antioxidants. Therefore, it’s safe to say that using lemon peels to heal your feet is a great idea.

Many of beneficial properties of lemon peels can be enjoyed by taking it internally, as it’s believed to be able to treat and prevent several types of diseases. For our purposes, we’re going to use lemon peels externally, to repair dry, damaged skin on the feet.

You’ll need:

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 pair of socks


  • Cut the lemon in half so that the two halves will fit perfectly over your heels.
  • Completely squeeze the juice from the peel before applying to the affected area.
  • Press onto your heels so they fit snugly.
  • Put on a pair of tight socks and go to bed.
  • Remember that this treatment needs to work overnight because it takes several hours for the lemon peels to heal your feet.

What type of results should I expect?

  • After two or three nights you’ll start to notice a significant change in the health of your feet. Calluses will feel softer and cracked heels will begin to heal.
  • Total relief from these conditions will depend on how consistent you are with treatment.

Grated lemon peels and petroleum jelly for your feet

Grated lemon peel

The combination of lemon peels and petroleum jelly is another alternative remedy to accelerate the healing of hard, cracked feet.

Both work to naturally exfoliate the feet and remove dead cells and other impurities that contribute to dryness.

Petroleum jelly is one of the most recommended natural products for moisturizing this part of the body as it protects the skin and retains moisture.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly
  • One tablespoon of grated lemon peels
  • 1 cloth wrap


  • Freeze a lemon and then grate the peel.
  • Mix this ingredient with the tablespoon of petroleum jelly to make a cream.
  • Rub the mixture on your feet and wrap them with a cloth.
  • Let it work overnight and rinse first thing in the morning.

What type of results should I expect?

  • By using this remedy just two or three times a week, you’ll have softer feet that are well-moisturized and protected.
  • Use this as a part of your pedicure routine in place of conventional exfoliants.

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Tips for best results

Woman with pain on her feet

For the best results with these remedies, remember to wear comfortable and breathable shoes. The majority of foot problems are caused by wearing improper footwear.

After bathing and before putting on shoes, apply plenty of moisturizing cream.

For really thick calluses, soak the feet in warm water and rub with a pumice stone.

Finally, remember that the nails also require special attention. Keep them away from moist environments and protect them from fungus.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.