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Carioca Alkalizing Tea with Lemon Skin

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Most of us throw away lemon skins and rinds, but lemon skin is actually very beneficial for health. It contains essential oils that help instantaneously balancing the high acidic levels in the blood.  You will welcome this lemon skin tea recipe; the skins release pectin and essential oil. The oil aids in cleaning excess fat deposited in the liver, which helps boost metabolic rate, nourishes the skin, and boosts immunity.  Initially, this tea might taste a little bitter because of lemon rind, but you will get used to it with time and begin savoring the bitterness. Even with a mildly bitter, this tea is excellent in boosting heart health.

Scientific Name: Citrus Limonum, Synonyms: Citrus Lemon, Cedro oil

Benefits and Uses of Lemon Essential Oil:

  • Helps with indigestion
  • Relieves nausea
  • Facilitates the nourishment of the skin
  • When mixed with warm water and honey helps in weight loss
  • General purifier and cleanser
  • Prevents colic pains in the abdomen
  • Neutralizes deposits of cholesterol in blood vessels
  • Helps prevent heart diseases.
  1. Lemon is best known for its ability to alkalize the liquid environment in the body and cleanse toxins from all parts of the body. Lemon naturally helps purify your skin, detoxify the lymphatic system, revitalize and energize the body, and work as an organic insect repellant.
  2. The International Journal of Food Microbiology states that lemon oil can be a powerful anti-microbial compared to other essential oils. Other studies in Experimental Biology and Medicine hold that inhaling the scent of lemon essential oil can improve neurological activity, act to neutralize and reduce body fat.
  3. Lemon oil also works as a teeth whitener, facewash, and cream. So the next time, instead of reaching out for the hyped up-marketed brands, over-expensive cosmetic products, turn to nature’s lemon.

For thousands of years, lemon essential oil and the lemon itself have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for wonderous health-boosting properties. Today western science has validated those health benefits and healing properties of lemon and lemons essential oil.

Lemon Skin or Carioca Tea

Healing juice Mediterranean
By Dadaji Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 min Cooking Time: 5 min Total Time: 10 min

Nutritional Benefits: Lemon rind contains essential oils that help balancing high acidic levels in blood. The skins additionally release pectin, a prebiotic that aids in digestion and essential oils that aid in cleaning excess fat deposited in the liver, which helps boost metabolic rate, nourishes the skin, and boosts immunity. 


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2-3 slices of lemon skin (1 to 1 1/2 per cup)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey, optional



Heat water without bringing it to a boil.


Peel a few flat pieces of lemon skin, avoiding the white part (pith).


Add lemon skin to the hot water and allow the lemon essence to sip out gently.


When the water turns light yellowish in color, the tea is ready to serve.


Stir in raw honey and serve hot!


  • 32 Calories
  • 8.8g Carbohydrates
  • 0.1g Fiber
  • 0.1g Protein
  • 8mg Sodium
  • 8.7g Sugar


When making large quantities of lemon tea, 2 liters or so, I prefer adding whole lemons to the hot water. The white part (pith) of lemon has a very bitter taste and contains traces of' quinine'; hence try to peel the skin while avoiding the whites. While honey is optional, the tangy taste of lemon skins, combined with the sweetness, will give a delicious lemony-sweet taste to your tea.

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