I recently saw a post somewhere about easily making your own vitamin C from the peels of citrus fruits. I recalled my mother telling me that the largest concentration of Vitamin C is indeed in the peels of the fruit, rather than the flesh itself. So I decided to do some research...
What I found is that making your own Vitamin C from citrus peels can be more beneficial than taking store-bought pills because they contain enzymes making the nutrients more easily assimilated by your body. According to The Global Healing Center, orange peels also contain natural histamine suppressing compounds, good news for those of us who suffer from allergies year-round.
Livestrong reports that there is "8.2 mg [of vitamin C] in a single tablespoon of [orange] peel. Other vitamins include riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-5. The peel’s mineral content includes 10 mg of calcium along with small amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and selenium."
Eating citrus peels straight may not sound very appetizing due to the bitter taste. There's a better method that is available at no extra cost to you! In this post I've primarily discussed oranges, but lemons can be used as well.
Save your citrus peels, drying them out on a drying rack for a few days. You can also use a dehydrator.
Once dry, give them a whirl in the food processor until they become a powder.
The powder can be taken straight by the Tablespoon or added to juices, smoothies and raw foods recipes. It can also be made into tea, but the hot water does compromise some of the beneficial properties.
Your homemade Vitamin C will last about a year in a sealed glass container, but if you use it every day, that timeline isn't all that relevant.
Note: It's best to use organic fruits to avoid consuming harmful chemicals.
So there you go! Super easy and inexpensive Vitamin C you can make at home. You can also make a beneficial face scrub with the peels, check out the simple DIY here. You can also try making easy and flavorful Moroccan Preserved Lemons if you have some extra citrus on your hands. Let me know if you try any of these recipes!
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