The Versatile & Vitamin-Rich Lemon
If your climate is suitable and you have even the smallest garden, you should grow a lemon tree. After just a few short years, you will have an ample supply of your own organic lemons to use in so many different ways for several months of the year. The lemon contains many nourishing elements including vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium, phosphorous, proteins and carbohydrates.
Use lemons for your health
1. Lemon being a citrus fruit, fights infection. If you have a sore throat - gargle or rinse out your mouth with the juice of one lemon in a glass of warm water and 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also apply a compress of slightly salted lemon juice to the throat.
2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals, preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers while lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol).
3. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. If you have acid stomach, biliousness and digestive troubles - take a teaspoon of lemon juice (sweetened with honey) every half an hour.
4. Bunions and corns - apply neat lemon juice to soothe bunions and leave on overnight for corns. If you have a nose bleed, apply a plug of cotton wool soaked in lemon juice to the nostrils.
5. Painful joints, neuralgia, rheumatism can all be helped by rubbing half a lemon over the affected parts.
6. Mosquito bites - dab one teaspoon vinegar mixed with one teaspoon lemon juice. Sprinkle with talcum powder afterwards. Lemon juice can also be applied to the sites of other bites and stings of certain insects to relieve any poison and pain.
7. The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bathing to relieve a head ache and cool the body.
8. A few drops of lemon juice in hot water taken first thing every morning before anything else is eaten or drunk will help to clear the digestive system and purify the liver as well. An excellent detox.
9. For a healthy mouth, lemon juice can be taken to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis and inflammation of the tongue.
10. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems.
As a beauty treatment
A lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent, useful in foot relaxation. Add some lemon juice in warm water and dip the foot in the water to achieve this. Lemon can also be applied to those areas on the feet where corns or hard skin appears.
1. Apply lemon juice to acne to dry out existing pimples and even prevent others developing.
2. Lemon juice soothes a dry skin when applied with little glycerin
3. Lemon juice can be used as a natural hair lightener and skin bleach and is also an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.
4. Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps the skin looking younger.
5. Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.
As part of a weight loss programLemon is one of nature's diuretics, which is why it is often suggested to help with weight loss. For breakfast, take the juice of 3 lemons with 2 teaspoons brown sugar dissolved in it, or put 2 sliced oranges and 6 sliced lemons in a pan .
- Pour on 1 litre boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add 3 tablespoons honey.
- Boil again for 5 minutes, stirring all the time.
- Strain and leave to cool.
- Drink 1 glass first thing in the morning, another during the day and another at bedtime.
The lemon is such a versatile fruit and home remedy, finding the solution to so many health and beauty problems. The lemon comes with its own set of antiseptic and natural properties. Try to include at least a quarter or half a lemon in your daily diet. Of course, always go for real, organic lemons and avoid any artificial lemon flavoring.
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Chemistry Central Journal: “Citrus fruits as a treasure trove of active natural metabolites that potentially provide benefits for human health.”
Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. “Lemon Polyphenols Suppress Diet-induced Obesity by Up-Regulation of mRNA Levels of the Enzymes Involved in beta-Oxidation in Mouse White Adipose Tissue.”