All you need to know about : Lemon

‘Lemons clean everything. It’s the greatest disinfectant.’

– Sandra Bullock

 

Benefits of Lemon

 

The Lemon is a citrus fruit cultivated for over 3000 years. They are thought to have first grown in Assam (a region in northeast India), northern Burma or China.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the lemon would fight against the effects of various poisons. Furthermore, due to its high content of vitamin C, it was also used as a remedy to prevent various epidemics, such as scurvy.

The origin of the word “lemon” is Middle Eastern. The word draws from the Arabic laymūn or līmūn, and from the Persian līmūn, a generic term for citrus fruit, which is a cognate of Sanskrit (nimbū, “lime”).

Its benefits are endless, not only in our diet but also outside the kitchen. It is truly the Swiss army knife of natural medicine.

In this post, I will tell you all the ways that Lemon can be beneficial. You won’t look at this citrus fruit the same way again :)

Health : 

Hot water with lemon : 

The use of warm mineral water (not boiling) is important! because cold water can cause a shock to the system and neutralizes all the expected benefits. You can then squeeze and add half a lemon (or a whole lemon) and drink it upon waking on an empty stomach , 15- 20 minutes before breakfast.

Use preferably organic fresh lemons and never bottled lemon juice from the supermarkets. This helps eliminate waste and toxins thanks to its atomic composition. It also :

  • Stimulates the liver and allows it to detoxify
  • Reduces the toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and relieves symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, referrals and abdominal distension.
  • Is a natural suppressant that stabilizes the sugar levels in the blood. With pectin, a fiber which swells on contact with water in the stomach, lemon sends a message of satiety thus preventing appetite!
  • Is also a mild diuretic, since it stimulates the activity of the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins from our body.
  • Helps freshen the breath and also relieves toothache and gingivitis. ( Do not forget that citric acid can erode the enamel, therefore it is necessary to brush your teeth before drinking lemon water)
  • Maintains a healthy and bright skin. Indeed, Lemon’s alkaline nature destroys some of the bacteria that causes acne and other skin problems. It also helps to combat free radicals with its antioxidant properties smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and ageing skin.
  • As mentioned earlier it has an alkaline pH, so it allows the pH of the body to balance.

hot water lemon ginger and honey

Sore Throat & Coughs

One of the most effective home remedies to reduce the intensity of sore throat is to gargle with a lemon-based drink.

Simply squeeze half a lemon and add a teaspoon of honey (you can add ginger as well) in 250 ml of hot water , the antiseptic and astringent properties of the lemon will stimulate the natural defenses by activating the production of white blood cells thus reducing the inflammation of the throat.

To soothe a cough ..

Start with one pint of raw honey over very low heat. Chop a whole lemon into a bit of water in a separate pan, warming for two to three minutes. Add that to the honey, warming for about an hour, then strain out the lemon bits and seeds. Cool the mixture, seal in a jar with a lid and refrigerate for up to two months. Give 1/2 tsp. for a child and 1 Tbsp. for adults, about 4 times a day or as often as needed.

Skin Problems

Lemon is know to quickly stop internal and external bleeding, nose bleeds, cuts and wounds while healing and disinfecting the skin (acne, oily skin, pimples, sores, frostbite, insect bite ect..)

Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply where needed.

Other Health Benefits

DNA cell protection, immune system regulation, and inflammation relief as well as a potential beneficial treatment for cancer, including breast cancer in patients undergoing chemotherapy. In a study in Saudi Arabia, lemon in extract form also showed promise as a treatment for breast cancer patients.

Lemon Cures between seasons can also give vitality and purify the body. A cure can be on average 2-3 weeks by taking 1-3 lemons per day in the first week increasing the dosage to 5-10 lemons a day for the following weeks for those that can tolerate it. It is also possible to add lemon in herbal teas in winter months to strengthen immunity against influenza and colds.

Beauty :

Hair Lightener

Mix lemon juice with almond or coconut oil , then apply it to your hair before heading out in the sun. The lemon will lighten your hair while the oil will keep it from drying out.

Whiten nails

Soak your nails in a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. While the lemon juice brightens your nails, the olive oil will help strengthen them.

Exfoliate

A combination of lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey makes a nourishing exfoliating scrub for your face and body.

Woman whitening her fingernails with a lemon

Age spots and freckles

Apply lemon juice with a cotton swab to help fade age spots and freckles or exfoliate the skin with the inside layer of the lemon once juice is squeezed out of it.  Leave up to 10-30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Brightening moisturizer

A few drops of lemon juice mixed with face oil or moisturizer to hydrate and brighten your skin.

Acne

Same method as ‘Age Spots and Freckles’ above apply to your face twice a day you will feel some tingling at first. You can also use the below homemade Face Masks.

Lemon juice and honey : Take half of a lemon and cover it with honey ( I like to use Manuka honey) Then rub your face with it. While doing it pay particular attention to the areas where acne is concentrated. You need to leave the mixture of lemon juice and honey on your face for a few minutes (around 5 minutes). After that wash your face it with cold water which will help to narrow pores.

Lemon juice and cucumber: Grind the cucumber into mash. Mix it with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask daily for 20 minutes. In two weeks you will see the result – no acne on your beautiful skin. You can also use lemon juice for acne scars preparing the same mask.

Dandruff

Massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp then rinse with lemon water. Repeat as necessary until dandruff resolves.

Deodorising

Room freshener

Simmer a pot of water and add lemon peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.

Humidifier

Add lemon juice to the water in your humidifier, then let the machine run for deodorising.

Hands

Add lemon juice while washing your hands with soap to help remove stubborn odours like garlic.

Breath

Drinking lemon water helps freshen your breath (rinse your mouth with plain water afterward since lemon juice may erode your teeth)

Cleaning 

All Purpose Cleaner

Combine water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and lemon essential oil .

lemon for cleaning

Stains

Mix lemon juice with vinegar or with salt and apply to the stain.

Leather shoe polish

Combine one-part lemon juice with two parts of olive oil, then apply to leather shoes. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then buff with cloth. You can do the same for furniture polish.

Insect Repellent

Mopping floors with lemon juice and water will repel insects.

Hardened Paintbrushes

Bring lemon juice with a splash of water to a boil, then add in hardened paintbrushes. Let sit for 15 minutes, then wash with soap and water.

Weeds

Spray weeds with lemon juice for a non-toxic weed killer.

Lemon Essential Oil:

Also known as Citrus limon oil, is extracted from lemon peels and approximately 1,000 lemons are needed to produce one pound of lemon oil. It has been shown to have anti-stress and anti-anxiety effect when inhaled or applied behind ear with an oil carrier (Effective carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil). You can also add 2-3 drops in all that has been mentioned above instead of the Lemon fruit.

 

 

 

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