A national survey found that only one in three people in the United States alone reported joint pain in the past 30 days. You stop being a big part of yourself when your joints hurt, but luckily, life gave us lemons, especially lemon zest , for those times when getting out of bed is too physically challenging.

What Causes Joint Pain?

The joint pain can be caused by a medical condition such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis , bursitis , and gout . Joint pain can also be the result of an injury such as a sprain or strain. Joints connect bones to each other, making it possible for us to move our limbs and other parts of our body, but sometimes the cartilage that keeps bones from rubbing against each other wears down for a number of reasons. This causes us to feel pain in the joints, which can be bothersome in the least and debilitating at the most.

Lemon as a help

Lemons contain vitamin C, about 31% of our recommended daily value. The vitamin C is necessary to form an important protein in the body that makes the skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also vital for repairing our body’s capabilities. This vitamin helps heal wounds, forms scar tissue, and maintains cartilage, bones, and teeth. Another friend of our skeleton is calcium, and lemon peel has both the vitamin C and calcium you need to maintain and improve bone health.

You can eat the lemon peels too

This could be a pretty weird thing to do. Usually people squeeze lemons to extract their juice, then you get rid of the skin, but the lemon peel is edible, and provides a considerable amount of health benefits:

  • May lower cholesterol levels – the potassium in the skin may help maintain blood pressure levels , and the polyphenolic flavonoids it contains may help lower bad cholesterol.
  • It can boost immunity and digestion – lemon peels have dietary fiber that encourages healthy bowel movements, and they have a high amount of vitamin C that can treat a sore throat, flu, common colds, and similar infections.
  • May Improve Skin – The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon peels help destroy free radicals, responsible for aging and dark spots on the skin.
  • Helps to lose weight – lemon peel contains pectin, an element that prevents your body from absorbing excess amounts of sugar. If you haven’t been incorporating lemons into your diet, now is the time to start.

Lemon peel recipe for joint pain


  • 4 lemons
  • Olive oil


  1. Put the lemon peel in a jar and pour the olive oil into the jar until it is filled to the top.
  2. Close the jar and let it sit for two weeks.
  3. When this remedy is ready, you can put a little on a clean gauze and place it on the affected joint.
  4. Place a plastic bag on the gauze and a fleece blanket over the bag.

Do this at night before going to bed. The next morning, you should notice a difference.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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