Fantastic Ways To Use Lemon For Your Health, Laundry and Home
I am sure that you well are aware that lemons are pretty impressive – a powerful acidic punch in a waxy yellow skin. We published a post a year ago regarding their fantastic properties, and we continue to build on the many uses of this wonder fruit here. They obviously taste delicious, with a zesty freshness, and are widely used as a natural cleanser, but I am sure you have not used them in every way we suggest here.
When combined with salt or baking soda, they become your natural secret weapon in the war on germs, plus there are many health benefits of munching on the sour fruits – all for a mere 50 cents a piece! There is no excuse to not have some on hand all year around.
Health and Beauty
1. Clean and Whiten Your Nails
Nails can become discoloured over time, particularly if you wear nail varnish. Use a lemon to give your hands a treat without a costly trip to the manicurist. Simply add the juice of half a lemon to one cup of warm water. Then soak your fingertips in the mixture for five minutes, while you relax. Push back the cuticles using an orange wood stick and rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail surface. Voila!
2. Banish Spots and Cleanse Your Skin
You can wash your face with a solution of lemon juice (1 part) and distilled water (3 parts) to naturally cleanse and exfoliate. Dab lemon juice directly onto spots and blackheads to draw them out. You should see an improvement after a few days of treatment.
3. Freshen Your Breath
You can also use your face cleansing solution as a mouthwash! Plus you can even swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath (not the liquid you use to swill though). The citric acid from the lemons will balance the pH level in your mouth, killing bad-breath producing bacteria. Limit your swilling to a few seconds, as the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
4. Treat Flaky Dandruff
It is so simple to treat an itchy flaky scalp. Just massage two tablespoons of pure lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with warm water. Repeat each day until your dandruff vanishes.
5. Manage High Blood Pressure
It has been suggested that as lemon contains potassium, it can help with controlling blood pressure levels, while reducing nausea and dizziness.
As lemons are a natural anti-oxidant, which mops up free radicals inside the body, it is thought that lemon water can reduce skin damage, and the physical affects of aging.
7. Fight Throat Infections
Lemon water also has antibacterial properties, and can therefore help in the battle against throat infections. Simply gargle with lemon water – add some salt for extra punch.
8. Treat Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemons are a diuretic, increasing your need to pass urine. This helps the body to flush out toxins and bacteria at a faster rate, reducing inflammation and easing the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.
9. Prevent Kidney Stones
The diuretic qualities of lemon water can also help to prevent the formation of urinary citrate, which gradually calcifiy into kidney stones – so drink plenty!
10. Promote Your Oral Health
The antibacterial properties of lemon juice can fight against gum disease, stopping gums from bleeding.
11. Lighten Age Spots and Highlight Your Hair
You can lighten liver spots or freckles by applying neat lemon juice directly to the area. Living it for 15 minutes prior to rinsing with warm water is said to naturally bleach the skin. This can also be done with your hair. Rinse your tresses with a 1/4 cup lemon juice mixed with 3/4 cup of water. Sit in sunlight until your hair dries. TExercise caution, and repeat once daily for up to one week.
12. Soften Your Dry Skin
For happy, smooth heels, knees and elbows, mix together a tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of one lemon to make an abrasive paste. Rub the mixture into your dry skin patches, and enjoy the soothing and smoothing treatment. Rinse thoroughly and massage with a natural oil to finish.
13. Disinfect Minor Cuts and Abrasions
This may be a little stingy – try pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly onto the cut, or apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for a moment to clean the wound.
14. Remove Warts
An old wives tale it may be, but if you suffer with warts why not try neat lemon juice? Apply with cotton wool over several days to allow the acids in the lemon juice to dissolve the wart.
15. Freshen Up Your Fridge
Remove refrigerator odours easily. Clean out any mouldy food culprits and then wash the shelves and walls with neat lemon juice.
16. Refresh Your Microwave
Chop some lemon and place in a bowl of water, placing it on the turn-table inside your microwave. Switch onto high power for up to 30 seconds and allow the lemon to work it’s magic. Grease and grime will melt away and you will be left with a fresh zesty scent.
17. Deodorise Your Chopping Board
Sanitise your board after all of those onions, garlic, and meats have been chopped on it. Rub it all over with half a lemon to keep it squeaky clean and sweet smelling.
18. Create a Natural Insect Repellant
Try squeezing some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills, plus any holes or cracks that are common entries for bugs. This should be enough to ward off ants, roaches and other unwelcome creepy crawlies.
19. Make A Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Reduce your exposure to pesticides and herbicides by washing your fruits and vegetables in a solution of one 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water. This can also help to prevent cut fruits and vegetables from going brown, and may even keep your lettuce crisp for longer.
20. Clean and Polish Your Metal Ornaments
Is tarnished on brass, copper, and steel a problem in your life? Create a paste with lemon juice and salt (or baking powder) and apply liberally to the affected area. Leave to soak for 5 minutes before rinsing in warm water and polishing dry. This solution can also keep stainless steel sinks, taps and chrome squeaky clean too. Apply the mixture, scrub gently, and rinse.
21. Make a Fresh Scented Room Humidifier
You can easily freshen and moisturise the air in your home, by placing a pot of water filled with citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves and any other spices you have onto your stove top and simmer occasionally.
22. Make Your Dishes Sparkle
Increase the power of your dishwashing detergent, by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to the basin while you wash. It will make grease a thing of the past!.
23. Deodorise Your Garbage Disposal
Cut a lemon in half and run both pieces through the disposal. So easy and effective at cleaning and leaving a fresh scent.
24. Brighten Your Whites
Lemons can transform your laundry. Just add half a cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a normal-size load to make your whites really bright and refreshed. The natural bleaching action will remove stains and discolorations and leave your clothes smelling super fresh and zingy.
25. Banish Mildew
Mix up a paste of lemon juice and salt to remove mildew stains from clothes that have been packed away for the winter. Simply rub onto affected areas and leave in the sun to dry. You may have to repeat a few times to completely eliminate the marks.
26. Repel Moths
Pierce a few ripe lemons with cloves and hang in your closet to keep moths at bay. They will also fill your room with a delicious spicy scent as they slowly dry out.
Are they any that we have missed? Some that you can’t wait to try? Let us know! We love hearing from you.
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