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Build Bone Strength with This Juice

Bones are undoubtedly one of the most important parts of our body, giving it structure as well as supporting other body parts and functions. The adult human skeleton is made up of 206 bones which we need to keep healthy and strong. Our bones protect our internal organs and also provide support for our muscles. If we have strong bones it helps to protect against injury and also broken bones.

Osteoporosis, on the other hand, is when the bones lose density and become brittle. This bone disease isn’t the only thing that can lead to low bone density but it is common and one of the most well-known. Low bone density makes them weaker and more likely to break. That’s why building bone strength is important, especially as we get older and more susceptible to bone diseases and issues.

An important part of bone strength is exercise and the other is diet and the types of nutrients we intake. Calcium is a very important nutrient for our bones that most people know about, but there are other key vitamins and nutrients we need too.

Today, I’m going to show you how to build bone strength with homemade juice. For topical use, you can check out this salve.

Medicinal Benefits Of This Bone Strengthening Juice

This juice contains oranges, lemongrass, dandelion extract, horsetail extract, and water. All of these ingredients benefit bone health in one way or another. Let’s take a look at oranges first.


Build Bone Strength with This Juice - OrangesOranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is used in the process of forming collagen which contributes to bone health. As collagen is the major component of bone mass it’s important to consume collagen-friendly foods to support the healthy production of collagen in the body.

The potassium and citrate in oranges are also beneficial and help reduce calcium loss. Oranges also have magnesium which is essential in bone formation and preventing osteoporosis. The phytonutrients in citrus have been linked to bone mineral density and reduced risk of fractures in studies. One medium orange also has 50 milligrams of calcium which is essential for maintaining strong bones. Our bodies use 90% of the calcium we intake to keep our bones strong and the remaining 10% for other purposes.


Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Lemongrass

Like oranges, lemongrass also contains potassium which helps decrease calcium loss. Lemongrass also contains antioxidants that protect our bones from oxidative damage. It contains phosphorus too which is an essential mineral that helps in building bones. Lemongrass is also high in calcium so can help build new growth and repair damage.


Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Dandelion

Dandelion is loaded with silicon which can help improve bone strength. Silicon is also responsible for the formation of bones and contributes to happy bones by maintaining connected tissues healthy. The flavonoids also help to protect against bone loss.


Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Horsetail

Horsetail is part of the Equisetaceae family, which has been around for approximately 400 million years and has long been used for its medicinal purposes. One of the benefits it has on the body is improving bone strength. Studies have shown that taking horsetail regularly can increase bone density. Like dandelion, it contains silicon which helps bone strength.

Horsetail can also help in bone healing and remodeling. Our bones are constantly renewing themselves and adults will replace around 10% of their bones each year. This is done through a process of resorption (removing old bone) and ossification (adding new bone). There are two types of cells that do this work: osteoclasts perform the task of resorption, and osteoblasts work on ossification. If resorption happens faster than the bone can be replaced it leads to a decrease in bone mass. Horsetail supports this process by inhibiting osteoclasts and stimulating osteoblasts. This makes it useful in fighting bone diseases like osteoporosis which occurs when overactive osteoclasts weaken the bones.


Build Bone Strength with This Juice - WaterWater does so much more than just keep us hydrated, although this is obviously essential. It’s a huge part of us physically and makes up 60% of our body weight and constitutes 31% of our bones. While a healthy diet is critical for strong bones, none of this would possible without adequate water. It helps to bring calcium and other nutrients to the bones. Water also helps the body get rid of toxins and if these build up in your bones they can lead to low bone mass.

Another interesting benefit of water on the bones is that it can improve a bad mood. Since water affects brain function it improves concentration and feelings of stress or fatigue. These feelings produce the stress hormone “cortisol” which damages bones. So, by drinking adequate amounts of water you can help avoid this and stay happier at the same time!

How To Make This Bone Strengthening Juice

This recipe is for one portion of juice. It contains approximately 173 calories, depending on how large or small your oranges are.

  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Stick of LemongrassBuild Bone Strength with This Juice - Ingredients
  • 1 Dropper (20-30 drops) of Dandelion Extract
  • 1 Dropper (20-30 drops) of Horsetail Extract
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Orange squeezer or juicer
  • Small pot
  • Strainer (optional)
  1. Put 1 cup of water into your saucepan on high heat and bring it to a boil.Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Step 1
  2. In the meantime, peel the top layer of your lemongrass off and wash the rest under running water. Cut the ends off and discard those. Then cut the stalk into small pieces, approximately 1 inch long.Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Step 2
  3. When the water has come to a boil add the lemongrass pieces and set a timer for 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes is up, take the pot off the heat and set it somewhere to cool down.
  4. Once it has cooled completely, take out the lemongrass pieces using a spoon or other kitchen utensil of your choosing and discard these. You could also strain the lemongrass water if you prefer.
  5. Pour the water into a large cup.Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Step 5
  6. Cut 2 oranges in half and squeeze them or run them through a juicer. Then add the juice to the cup.Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Step 6
  7. Add 1 dropper (20-30 drops) of dandelion extract and 1 dropper (20-30 drops) of horsetail extract and give everything a good stir.Build Bone Strength with This Juice - Step 7

It’s now ready to drink. You can add some ice cubes if you like your drinks cold. As it’s always best to eat or drink juice from fruit as soon after opening them as possible, try and make this fresh every time you want one and don’t make bulk.

You’ll have a lovely, rewarding juice at the end that’s tasty and good for the bones.

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This is so true. I’ve started taking lemongrass and horsetail supplements a while ago and my joint pains have decreased significantly. I’ll definitely try this one

How often is recommended to drink this?

I’d take it for a couple of days and see how it interacts with your body. I’m 34 so I still get to play around with herbal remedies and see what works best for me. I’ve never had bad allergic reactions so far and if I’m consistent with my routine, I see results in about 2-3 months. I’ve started taking the supplements DAILY around 6 months ago, one in the morning and one at night, and got to one a day now. If you know you have ugly allergic reactions, check in with your local herbalist before taking any of these. But this one drink is pretty harmless, so once a day would be the answer I guess.

Thanks so much for this! I’m going to add this to my diet.

Hi Alaire,

Thank you for your comment.
I’m glad to hear you liked the recipe.

Many blessings!

Hi Alaire,
Is horsetail something one can safely take long term? Also, for me, fruit juice is going to be too much sugar (no I’m not diabetic) thanks

Thank you for this article. Can you please tell how to get the dandelion, and the horsetail extracts? I would like to start taking this juice for my bones.

Hi Yolene,

Thank you for your comment.
You can find both dandelion and horsetail extract here:

Many blessings and good health!

I don’t do sugar. Can fresh lemons be substitutes for orange?

Which company for the dandelion and horsetail extracts???

Hi Mary Jean,

Thank you for your comment.
You can find both dandelion and horsetail extract here:

Many blessings and good health!

Do you use dandelion extract from roots or leaves.

Hi Mary,

Thank you for your interest in our work.
We used dandelion root extract.

Many blessings and good health!

Since lemon grass isn’t likely to be available fresh year round can you make a teniture of it for the off season?

Lemongrass is pretty much always available in Asian markets. They’re easy to grow too.

This is awesome.

Can I use dandelion and horsetail extract in dry form, and if yes, how much?

Could you Use Lemongrass Essential Oil in this Recipe?

Hi Lola,

Essential oils can be safe for internal use if you are using high-quality, organic, adequately tested, and sourced essential oils.
If the essential oil says it is for “aromatherapy only” then do not use it in this recipe. Those types of oils have been blended with perfumes or toxins to achieve the aroma and are not safe for ingestion. If your oil says it is “natural” “organic” or “pure”, it may still have additives, so read the entire label to be certain the essential oil is fit for consumption.

Always ask your doctor or another medical professional when taking herbs or essential oils for health. Many herbs interact with prescription drugs and are not recommended for use by someone who is pregnant or nursing.

Many blessings and good health!

This is a repeat post from sept 2021 that was not answered.
“Can I use dandelion and horsetail extract in dry form, and if yes, how much?”

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your comment.
You can use dandelion and horsetail extract in dry form, but dried powdered extracts can be stronger than liquid extracts.

I would say 2mL liquid extract multiplied by 1/3 = 0.66g (in dry form)

Please be aware that some companies use harsh chemicals in the soaking solvent that can be unsafe for consumption. You can avoid these by buying from a reputable company that tests to ensure the solvent chemicals are fully evaporated.

you can find the extracts and powder here:

Many blessings and good health!

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