Did you know you can make your own Vitamin C supplement at home – without GMO, additives, and fillers – while saving a lot of money in the process?
Homemade vitamin C powder, tablets, or drinks are better than any store-bought supplement, they are cheaper to make and you can even make candy that your kids will love.
(In fact, it’s so easy a 5-year-old can make it… )
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As you know, proper doses of Vitamin C are essential for your immune system, your bones, your muscle cartilage, your dental health, and to prevent viral and bacterial infections.
(Our body does not make Vitamin C which makes it an important nutrient to have on hand.)
Why Homemade Vitamin C is Better
Currently, most vitamin C supplements you buy are made from genetically modified corn (yuck) and some filler chemicals that serve as binding and coating ingredients.
It also contains its natural source of rutin, hesperidin, and bioflavonoids.
(Can I mention the money-saving potential here once more?)
DIY Natural Vitamin C Supplement
All you’ll need is a few organic lemons (or any other citrus fruits).
You’ll be using the peels because they are loaded with Vitamin C – much more than the fruit itself.
By ingesting the peels – pith and all – you take in much more bioavailable Vitamin C than you would by eating the fruit or taking a synthetic supplement.
Note: it is important that the fruit is organic as you don’t want to be eating peels sprayed with nasty chemicals.
Follow These Steps:
- Wash the fruit (I use about 5 lemons for 2 weeks supply) and peel off the skin.
- Cut the peels into small squares, or leave them as strips.
- Dry them out. You can choose either of the below.
- Air Drying – place them on a cloth and put by the window in the sunlight. Allow them to dry and shrivel for a few days.
Once they’re dry, use a coffee grinder or a similar device, and turn your peels into a powder.
Store your Vitamin C powder in an airtight container.
Using this method you can use the powder for about a week, stored in the refrigerator.
- Dehydrator – place the lemon peel strips in a dehydrator at 100ºF for 6-9 hours. Then grind it into a powder and put it in an airtight container.
Using this method, the powder can be used for about 3 months, stored in a cool and dry place, or 6 months in the freezer.
Voila, you’ve just made your own natural, organic Vitamin C supplement at home!
Lemon Peel Vitamin C Candy for Kids
All you need to do to make this homemade Vitamin C child-friendly is to sprinkle a little Stevia on the lemon peel strips before you place them in the dehydrator.
When it’s ready, your kids will love munching on these sweet lemon peels, loaded with immune-boosting goodies.
If you want to take this a step further, here’s an awesome recipe for homemade chewable Vitamins that your kids will love – from Wellness Mama.
Ways to Use Your Homemade Vitamin C (+Dosage)
Just one rounded teaspoon of your homemade vitamin c, mixed in your smoothie, juice, or on top of your salad – Is more than your required vitamin C dose for the day, regardless of your size.
Note: Do not add it to hot drinks or foods, the heat will destroy the enzymes.
This homemade supplement can obviously be used to help treat the flu at home, the common cold, and just about anything else that involves your immune system.
In these cases, you can safely double your daily dose.
DIY Vitamin C Drink Recipe
Here’s another way to boost yourself with a lot of Vitamin C: The heavenly delicious fruit smoothie.
This drink contains 4 of the fruits with the highest levels of Vitamin C. You can freeze it in ice-cube trays for up to 4 weeks.
To make a smoothie, combine 2 cubes with 1/2 cup yogurt or almond/rice milk.
- 12 ounces fresh strawberries (preferably organic)
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed.
Combine the ingredients in a blender for about 1 minute.
Stir well before pouring and serve cold. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, but if you don’t freeze it – It’s better to drink it right away.
DIY Vitamin C Tablets (Pills)
If you prefer pre-made Vitamin C tablets, here’s an easy way to make about 35 pills:
Mix together the powdered ingredients and pour just a little bit of warm honey into the mix, until it holds together.
Make sure it’s not too sticky or moist.
Pour the mixture into pea-size molds.
Bonus Tip: Make Your Own Multi-Vitamin Supplement
If you love DIY health care as I do, you’ll love learning this simple way to make your own 100% natural multivitamin supplement at home.
Here’s my combination of some of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet:
– 1 part lemon peel powder – Vitamin C anyone?
– 1 part Alfalfa Grass Powder – alfalfa is known as nature’s multivitamin, and for good reasons.
It is mildly cleansing and the greatest source of nutrition and minerals of any of the grasses.
It is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
– 1 Part Spinach Leaf Powder – spinach is one of the best sources of Iron, which is most absorbed in the presence of Vitamin C (already in the recipe…).
Spinach is also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K and is famous for its “blood building” ability.
– Stevia – optional for taste.
Mix the ingredients and add 1 teaspoon to your juice, smoothie, or salad – it tastes great!
Getting your daily dose of Vitamin C is amazingly simple – no need for expensive, store-bought additive-filled supplements.
All you need is a few citrus fruits. You can dry them up and make them into a powder, you can make a juice out of them – whatever you want.
And you’ll get the best bioavailable Vitamin C – for you and your family – for a fraction of the cost.
What about you? Have you ever tried making your own vitamin supplement at home? Tell me about it in the comments below…
To your health and happiness,