Lemon peels are rich in properties: do you know what happens if they are put in oil? An ancient remedy that you will never stop using.

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Lemon peels should never be thrown away. In fact, they can be used in the kitchen and beyond.

Much appreciated on a culinary level, lemon peels can enrich desserts, such as those typical of the Amalfi tradition, or to prepare tasty liqueurs such as limoncello. They can lend themselves to the creation, for example, of completely natural remedies that are finding their footing not only in Italy. Let’s see one.

Lemon peels in oil: an ancient remedy

Lemon peels could also be used to create an oil, called oleolite. It is a completely natural remedy that serves to give vitality to the body but also unparalleled well-being.

In particular, the oleolite has its origins in antiquity and can be prepared not only with lemon peels but using different vegetables to add to a vegetable oil. The lemon peels are left to macerate in the oil . In this way, the benefits of the oils contained in the skins (or in the plants that you choose to leave to macerate) combined with the hydrating and preservative power of extra virgin olive oil are exploited.

The oil, in fact, performs a solvent function, capable of dissolving all the fat-soluble substances in which plants are rich. Extraction can occur when these elements are cold macerated.

The properties of the lemon and its aromas are combined with the mix of antioxidant substances contained in extra virgin olive oil, notoriously high in polyphenols.

The benefits brought by oleolite to our body can be many. In fact, it can be used as a tonic and can stimulate venous return . Additionally, when used as a massage oil on wet extremities, circulation is revived.

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How to prepare lemon oleolite: procedure and advice

Lemon oleolite can be considered as an oil for massages with different functions, it can also be mixed with salt to create a scrub. It can also refresh the eye contour, lightening dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, allowing microcirculation. The gaze and face will have lighter features and a fresher appearance.

To prepare it you will need:

  • lemon peel in the amount of 100 grams
  • EVO oil, in the quantity of 100 grams

As a general rule, the lemon peels should be exactly half the amount of oil, in proportion. The lemons must be cut thinly , the peels must be preserved and the white part removed. The peels must be left to dry for about two days in the air or, even better, in the sun.

The oil should be half of the peels obtained. The indicated dosage is an example of preparation. If you want to increase the quantities you should always keep in mind the proportion of the two ingredients. Drying prevents mold from forming. Then, the lemon peels will be placed in a previously sterilized glass container. At this point, you will pour in the oil which must completely cover the peels . The jar will need to be shaken often to ensure that the peels are always covered by the oil.

lemon peels in oil

The jar will need to be stored in a cool , dark place for a month. Subsequently, the contents will be filtered, the peels thrown away and the remaining contents stored in a very clean glass container.