Lemon Peels

What to do with Lemon Peels – Health

Lemon have so many nutritional factors that we recommend a good intake of lemons, but don’t throw out the peelings. They are bright, refreshing, and smell divine. Our Nutritional team have gotten in the habit of squeezing fresh lemon juice in a glass of water to help digestive systems first thing in the morning.

The lemon peel has so many additional functions so don’t throw it out. We have collated a few excellent functions for those peelings before you recycle them.

Uses for Lemon Peels: Culinary

Did you know that lemon peels are nutritional power houses? Seriously?

Lemon Peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber (things like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C) that can give your menu a nutritional boost. And even though you would have to consume large amounts of peel to glean significant nutritional benefits, it doesn’t hurt to throw in some peel when you can.

Remember, organic will be your best best when consuming the peel to avoid eating any pesticides.

1. Lemon Zest

Lemon zest is a common ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Zest some of your peel, use some now or freeze it for later.

2. Lemon Pepper

One of our favorite seasonings, and easy to make.

  • 5+ large lemons
  • 1/3 cup {scant} of crushed pepper corns {black and/or medley}
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt


  • Zest all the lemons and mix with crushed peppercorns.
  • Spread out on parchment lined baking sheet and bake on lowest setting until the zest is completely dried.
  • Add the lemon-pepper to a spice grinder and grind until desired texture.
  • Mix with the kosher salt if desired and store in a airtight container for up to a few months.

3. Candied Lemon Peel

What more do we need to say? We love Candied Lemon Peel recipe.

4. Lemon Sugar

All you need to make lemon sugar is a fresh lemon or two, some sugar and an airtight container. Pour the sugar into your container and zest a lemon right into the sugar. Use one large lemon for about 2-3 cups of sugar, depending on the size of the lemon and how lemony you want your sugar to be. Zesting releases the natural oils of the lemon and those oils absorb quickly into the sugar. Stir well, then let the sugar mixture sit out for at least an hour to dry slightly. Close up the container, give it a good shake and then store it in your cupboard so that it is ready any time you need it. To refresh the mixture after you use some up, add in some regular sugar and stir everything around. You won’t need to zest in more citrus unless you use up almost the whole batch

5. Lemon Olive Oil

Give your olive oil a yummy makeover for a bright flavor. Here’s a simple recipe to get you started.


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil or 1 cup olive oil or 1 cup grapeseed oil or 1 cup other vegetable oil
  • 2 -3 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated


  • Place the oil and the zest in a glass jar. Let it stand at room temperature for at least 2 weeks, shaking occasionally.
  • Pour the oil through a strainer and discard the zest. Transfer to a jar and store, tightly covered, in refrigerator. Enjoy!

6. Lemon Extract – How To Make Lemon Extract


  • Rind of 6 large organic lemons
  • 1 cup vodka


  • Wash and dry lemons.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, cut thin slivers of the yellow skin in long ribbons. (Or if you have a zester, use that!)
  • Make sure not to peel off the bitter white pith, just the outside will do.
  • Place peels in a jar and cover with vodka. Shake well.
  • Place in a dark cabinet for 4-6 weeks. Shake every few days for the first week, then occasionally after that.
  • When the extract has reached the intensity you prefer, strain peels and pour extract into a clean jar. Store in a dark cabinet or the fridge.


7. Lemon twists and ice cubes!

Brighten your drinks by putting twists of the peel into ice cubes. Perfect for summer parties. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to make long strips, cutting away from the white pith which can be quite bitter. Again, these can be frozen.

8. Herb-Lemon Zest Butter

  • 1/4 cup mixed herbs, such as flat-leaf parlsey, chervil, tarragon, and chives, chopped
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Put herbs on a work surface. Add butter and lemon zest. Finely chop together until well combined. Season with salt.
  • Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper, placing on edge closest to you. Fold paper over and roll into a cylinder, twisting the ends; wrap airtight in foil. Chill until solid.
  • DO AHEAD: Butter will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months

9. Keep brown sugar soft

Adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to your brown sugar can help keep it moist and easy to use.

10. Lemon AP Cleaner

Also known as lemon vinegar, this stuff is awesome at cutting grease and disinfecting. To make, simply place a bunch of lemon peels in any sized glass jar (mason jars would work great). Pour white vinegar over. Put the lid on and let it sit for 2 weeks (I promise, it’s worth the wait). Then strain the liquid. Combine this with water (using a 50/50 ratio) and then use as you would your normal all purpose cleaner.

11. Get rid of ants and pests

Place small slices of lemon peel along thresholds, windowsills, door entrances, or near  cracks or holes where ants or pests are lurking about. Ants do not like lemon and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against fleas.

12. Freshen your Fridge

Place a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb smells and bring a bright citrus scent.

13. Trash Can Deodorizer

Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the can. This will also help absorb odors and keep things smelling fresh.

14. Simmering Lemon Scents – Deodorizer for your home

Add lemon peels to simmering water. Throw in some cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels. This adds a wonderful scent and humidifies the air.

15. Clean your tea kettle or coffee pot.

To clean mineral deposits in your tea kettle: Fill the kettle with water and add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel. Bring it to a boil then turn off the heat. Let is sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well.

To clean your coffee pot: Simply add your lemon peels with some ice and salt. Whirl everything around a minute or two and the dump and rinse.
16. Sanitize your cutting board.

Lemon’s natural acidity provides great antibacterial properties to home cleaning. After properly cleaning your cutting boards, rub the surface with half a lemon. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
17. Freshen and deodorize the dishwasher.

Add lemon peels to your dishwasher every now and then to help rinse and deodorize it.
18. Clean your microwave.

Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for five minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Remove the hot bowl (carefully!) and wipe away the mess with a towel.
19. Deodorize the garbage bins.

Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage bin and bring that amazing citrus smell to your kitchen. Fake lemon cleaners have nothing on the real thing. Simply put a peel or two into the bin, add boiling water and scrub, empty and job done.
20. Firelighters

Bake discarded lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters. So cool, and sends a beautiful aroma into your living room.

21. Make drawer sachets.

Dry your lemon peels (either out in the sun or in a dehydrator) and place them inside of fabric sachets. Add spices, as desired such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom. Place in drawers to freshen.

22. Clean your stainless steel, polish your chrome, and make your copper shine!

Sprinkle some sea salt on the metal, and then use the lemon peel to scrub away any dirt, grime, or stains. Rinse and polish!

23. Skin Brigthening Scrub

Have a look at Skin Brightening Scrub recipe from Mommypotamus.

24. Nail Whitener

Whiten fingernails by rubbing with a lemon wedge.

25. Travel Sickness Cure

Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.

26. Lighten age spots.

Here’s a fun use for a lemon peel: Many folk remedies suggest using lemon peel to help lighten age spots. Apply a small piece to the affected area and leave on for an hour.

27. Soften dry elbows.

Use a half lemon sprinkled with baking soda on elbows; just place your elbow in the lemon and twist the lemon (as if you are juicing it) for several minutes. Rinse and dry.

28. Use as a skin tonic.

Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic; then rinse (be careful around your eyes).

29. Make a sugar scrub.

Mix 1/2 a cup of sugar with finely chopped lemon peel and enough olive oil to make a paste. Wet your body in the shower, turn off the water, and massage the sugar mix all over your skin. Rinse off and bask in your smooth skin.

30. Make a scented humidifier.

If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, you can put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.

31. Make a foot soak.

Boil citrus rinds for several minutes. Allow to cool completely and strain. Add ¼ cup cow or almond milk, 2 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil and a couple of drops of lemon essential oil. Soak feet for about 20 minutes and then pat dry to moisturize and soften feet.