We have 2 very productive lemon trees in out garden. Every year we get so many lemons, we don’t even use half of them.
SO, I’ve been looking at ways of using lemons in natural remedies, from cosmetic to health.
I thought I would share with you how good lemons are, in one long blurb.
One of the best things is to have a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. This is what I often do.
This is a great detox, and it really works fast. It is good for all sorts of things.
-It boosts your immune system. All that vitamin C!
-They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
–Lemon Juice balances PH. (this means its great for rinsing your hair with too, and washing your face, along with baking soda)
– Lemon juice can help with weight loss.
– Lemon juice really helps clear up skin.
– It can freshen breath…but as it actually is TERRIBLE for your teeth I would try chewing parsley instead. It works very well.
– It can help coughs and colds and sore throats.
-You can even highlight your hair with lemon. Squeeze a lemon onto your hair and sit in the sun for an hour or two.
Well, there are so many things lemons can help with, I’m actually wondering why they even have that “if life gives you lemons…” saying.
Because lemons are good!
Here are a few little recipes and remedies I found on pinterest/collected from somewhere:
(Oh, and putting lemon juice on your face COULD be a bit harsh for your skin. doing it only now and then is ok though.)
-For blackheads- Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar in a cup. Stir until the ingredients are evenly blended, and then apply the scrub to damp, just-cleansed skin. Massage the skin gently with your fingers, concentrating on dry patches or problem areas. Let the mask soak in for 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Read more here.
-Baking Soda Lemon Exfoliating Face Cleanser Ingredients: Lemon juice Baking Soda Instructions: In a small bowl, add about 2 tbs baking soda. Slowly apply lemon juice. The mixture will foam and fizz. Apply enough juice to make a thin, loose paste. Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or 2. Rinse with a warm cloth and water. Smooth, clear skin! Read more here.
-Oh, and try a Sugar and lemon juice gardeners hand scrub. I didn’t get this off pinterest, I don’t know how I learned this, but it works AMAZINGLY! (even if you aren’t a gardener.)
Just squeeze a lemon onto your hands, and sprinkle lots of white sugar over, and scrub your hands thoroughly.
Afterwards your hands feel sooo silky.
I did this on my sisters and myself, who don’t garden (if we can help it lol), and our hands felt amazingly different. I also did it on my mum, who does a lot of gardening and her hands get very dry. She was so pleased with the result!! You wouldn’t think that 2 simple ingredients would work so much better than a commercial hand scrub.
But they did!
-MINT TO SHRINK A PIMPLE Peppermint contains menthol & menthone compounds that reduce redness+inflammation, and it also acts as an astringent, clearing away pimple-causing oil. Pulse a handful of leaves in a food processor + 1 tsp lemon juice. (The acidic juice temporarily changes the pH of your skin, preventing bacteria growth.) Cover the blemish for 15 min, then rinse. Repeat 2x a day until the spot is gone.
-Lemon Honey drinks for when you have a cold. I really don’t like lemon & honey drinks, but i force them down because they are so good. Some people love them, though. I looked on pinterest at recipes and there are so, so many. I will have to try some.
But what we usually do is very simple. A mug of hot water with a lemon squeezed in, and a couple of teaspoons of honey.
-Have an itchy, flaky scalp? Squeeze lemon juice over the crown of your head. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. The acidity from the lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin and clear up any dandruff. Read more here
Have a look up about lemons, because they seem to be great for every little ailment. 🙂
Thanks for reading this Rant about Lemons!