A national survey discovered that one in three Americans reported having joint pain within the past 30 days! You’re not yourself when your joints are aching, but luckily, life gave us lemons for those moments when getting out of bed is too much of a physical challenge.
What Causes Joint Pain?
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 strain or sprain.
Joints connect our bones together, making it possible for us to move our limbs and other parts of our bodies, but sometimes, the cartilage that prevents our bones from rubbing together wear down for a number of reasons. This causes us to feel joint pain, which can be annoying at the least and debilitating at the most.
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, around 31% of our daily recommended value. Vitamin C is necessary to form an important protein in our bodies that makes skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
Vitamin C is also vital to our bodies’ repairing abilities. This vitamin helps to heal wounds, form scar tissue, and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth. Another friend of our skeleton is calcium, and lemon rinds have both the vitamin C and calcium that you need to maintain and improve bone health.
Lemon Rind Recipe For Joint Pain
Do this at night before bed. By the next morning, you should notice a difference.
- 4 lemons
- Olive oil
You will also need:
- A jar
- Plastic bag
- woolen shawl
- Put the lemon rind in a jar and pour olive oil in the jar until it is filled to the top.
Close the jar and let stand for two weeks.
- When this remedy is ready, you can put some on a clean gauze and place it on the affected joint.
- Put a plastic bag over the gauze and a woolen shawl over the bag.
You can eat the lemon peels too!
This might be a pretty weird thing to do. Usually, people squeeze lemons to extract their juice, then dispose of the skin, but the lemon peel is edible, and provides a considerable amount of health benefits:
- Can decrease cholesterol levels – potassium in the peel could help maintain blood pressure levels, and the polyphenol flavonoids it contains can help to lower bad cholesterol.
- Can boost immunity and digestion – lemon peels have dietary fiber that encourage healthy bowel movements, and have a substantial amount of vitamin C that can treat a sore throat, the flu, the common cold and similar infections.
- Can improve skin– the citric acid and vitamin C in lemon peels help to destroy free radicals responsible for aging and dark spots on the skin.
- Helps you lose weight – lemon peel has an element called pectin that prevents your body from absorbing excess quantities of sugar. If you haven’t been incorporating lemons in your diet, now is the time to start!