Huge Healing Power of Lemons….

Healthy Facts and Uses For Lemons

Lemons are some of the most common citrus fruits in the world, and most of us use them almost every single day. But how much do we really know about lemons? Are we fully aware of just how beneficial they are for us, and how many other ways there are to use them, besides eating?

After reading these 15 facts and uses, you will definitely try to eat more lemons and use them in more creative ways. If you are the kind of person who never liked lemons, despite their rich taste, high vitamin C, antioxidants, B-vitamins, calcium and more, this just might be the thing to change your mind!

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Restoring the pH levels in your body:
The stress of modern life, junk food, pollution, lack of exercise and other toxins we accumulate can throw our body off balance. Although lemons are very acidic, their nutrient content is alkaline-forming and thus helps make our body more resistant to a number of health problems. A cup of warm water with some lemon squeezed in will help you start your day in a healthy way.
Helping with your digestion process:
Lemons are powerfully antibacterial and as such they destroy bad bacteria in your body and allow good bacteria to flourish. The good bacteria help with problems such as indigestion and constipation. A glass of water mixed with the juice of one lemon, or any other means of combining lemons with a large meal, will help stimulate peristalsis and the production of stomach acids that will aid the digestion process.
A helpful dietary aid:
When you’re on a diet, a lemon can be your best friend for a number a reasons. First, it contains Pectin, a fiber that can help you feel fuller and eat less. Thanks to this, a glass of lemon tea before a meal can help prevent overeating. Second, lemon juice happens to be a natural diuretic. This means it helps the body get rid of excess water it doesn’t need through increased urination, this will make you feel less heavy and puffy.

Natural parasite killer:
Parasites and intestinal worms are very hard to get rid of, but there is a key element to getting rid of them that lemons contain. Parasites love acidic environments and drinking lemon juice or eating lemons will make your digestive system a more balanced environment, one that is hostile to parasites.
Natural mouth wash:
If you have bad breath or canker sores, a lemon might be an easy, cheap and simple way to deal with them. Apply fresh lemon juice to the area or gargle just like any other oral care aid. If you have bleeding gums, you can massage freshly squeezed lemon juice to the problematic area and  deal with the bacteria causing all the pain directly.
Relax and increase concentration:
The gentle scent of a lemon has been scientifically proven to have a calming effect. The lemon’s essential oil has the ability to increase your level of concentration and alertness while working or studying, just by enjoying the fresh scent they emit

Exfoliate and renew your skin:
The vitamin C in lemons has a beneficial effect on your skin as well as your body. Many skin care products are high on vitamin C because it stimulates cell renewal by gently exfoliating your skin. By using a slice of lemon as a facial scrub, you will remove stubborn dirt and dead skin from your face and reveal the fresh, clean and healthy layer underneath.
Take better care of your liver:
Herbalists and naturopaths claim that the sourness of lemons signals the body to activate the liver and kidneys, and that the antioxidants in the lemon help enhance kidney and liver function. This enables them to better detoxify themselves and the rest of the body. As previously mentioned, lemons are also a mild diuretic, so they encourage your body to release stored, unused water along with the accumulated waste products flushed out by your liver.
Lower your blood pressure:
The Pectin in lemons can help lower cholesterol that causes high blood pressure. Flavonoids, as well as vitamin P, also serve to strengthen the blood vessels themselves and lower the risk of them being damaged by high blood pressure.

Keep a dandruff-free head:
A simple way to treat dandruff by yourseves is to make a hair mask using lemon juice and other natural ingredients like coconut oil. Use this mask to moisturize your dry scalp, but don’t use it for too long or too often as lemon juice can also lighten your hair color.
Take better care of your feet:
The solution for rough and scaly feet might be right inside your kitchen. The citric acid along with the vitamin C in lemons can take off dead skin, enhance skin renewal, and brighten dark skin areas. Simply soak your feet in some hot water mixed with the juice of 2-3 lemons, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ¼ cup of milk for about 20 minutes. Your feet will not only be softer than ever but will also smell much better!
A homemade cure for fever and chills:
Lemon tea and lemon juice have long been used as homemade remedies to help lower fever. A cup of lemon tea with honey every few hours should help subside any chill or fever you might have. Of course, if the fever persists – go see a doctor.

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Get healthy glowing skin:
Lemons aren’t just used to repair damaged skin, the high levels of vitamin C found in lemons are used by your body to make collagen and elastin. Both are tissues responsible for giving your skin a glowing and youthful appearance. Simply start eating more lemons, or apply lemon juice to your skin, and after a short while you will see the effect.
Pain relief:
The oils found in lemons create an aroma that relaxes blood vessels and reduces inflammation, both key factors in pain relief. If you suffer from sore joints or other inflammatory diseases, drink a glass of lemon water every day and it could help ease your symptoms. Lemon extract can even help alleviate pain caused by sunburn if applied to the skin with water and gently rubbed on the painful area.
A treatment for varicose veins:
Lemons have the ability to strengthen blood vessels, and so can be used to reduce the appearance of varicose veins, making your legs look younger and healthier. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a moisturizing oil of your choosing (like jojoba or avocado oil) and rub the mixture on the affected area. Doing so on a regular basis will slowly make the veins disappear from the top of your skin.

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Lemon… An “AllRounder”… !!!

Handy Tips for Using Lemons!

The lemon is a citrus with a great aroma, that blends wonderfully with food and drink, but also has many other uses, thanks to its antibacterial effect. The lemon is rich in vitamin C. It is considered a strong anti-oxidant and contains 5% acid, which makes him a very useful tool.

So we know it’s useful, but do we know how to utilize this potential? For that reason, we have collected 20 of the best things to do with a lemon, besides cooking with it!

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1. Ant Repellant – Pour some lemon juice around any infested areas to keep them at bay!

2. Air freshener – An equal amount of water and lemon juice, placed in an air freshener, will supply your house with a nice fresh scent.

3. A clean tub – An equal amount of water and lemon juice can also be a very effective cleaning supply against mildew and fungus accumulating on the sides of your tub and/or shower.

4. Disinfectant – A small amount of lemon juice can be a great companion to vinegar as a cleaning supply and can help neutralize the strong smell of the vinegar. It will also greats fortify the disinfection.

5. Microwave – Heat up a bowl of water and lemon wedges in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Next, clean the microwave. Those previously hard to remove stains will now be easily removed and the ‘food smell’ will be neutralized.

6. Refrigerator – Storing half a lemon in the fridge will help prevent unpleasant odors.

7. Cleaning Chrome / Brass / Copper – Mix lemon juice with drinking soda and dip a clean hand towel in it. Wipe down the surfaces thoroughly and then rinse well and wipe down with dry paper to get them to look like new!

8. Bathroom – Mix 1/2 a cup of borax powder with a glass of lemon to clean the toilet perfectly and leave it smelling clean and fresh.

9. Faucets and sinks – Use half a lemon to remove limescale build up on your sinks and faucets. Rinse well and redo as required.

 

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10. To make your laundry whiter, add a 1/2 cup of lemon juice for the washing duration of the machine and hang up the clothes to dry. A teaspoon of lemon juice in the machine during the wash cycle will give your fabric a fresher smell.

11. Dishes – To remove fat substances on tools, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the dish soap.

12. Drainage – A mixture of hot lemon juice and drinking soda can improve your drainage and help unclog it.

13. Trash can – If you throw a few lemon peels in the trash, it will help to neutralize the bad odors coming from the rest of the food stuffs.

14. Cutting Board – Rub half a lemon on a wooden cutting board, leave it like that for the night and wash it the next day. The lemon juice will help kill bacteria accumulating on the board, and will, of course, neutralize any bad odors.

15. Glass and Mirrors – 4 table spoons of lemon juice mixed with 2 liters of water will make for an effective mixture to clean windows, mirrors and glass surfaces.

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16. Furniture – 2 parts of olive or cooking oil, add one part of lemon juice to make a wonderful solution for polishing furniture.

17. Hair brightening – To brighten your hair, pour some lemon juice on it and sit for an hour in the sun.

18. Hair softening – Lemon juice mixed with a glass of warm water can be used as a great hair mask. Soak your hair in the liquid for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly. If you have a sensitive scalp, however, this may not be the solution for you.

 

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19. Cuts, stings, and skin irritation – dribble a small amount of lemon juice on small cuts, and although it will probably sting a bit, it should help stop the bleeding and disinfect the wound. In addition, applying lemon juice to stings should alleviate the feeling of discomfort and itchiness.

20. Removing bad smell from hands – If you were handling something odorous like fish or onions, washing your hands in lemon juice is a great way to get rid of those odors without drying or damaging your skin.

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Love to Drink Lemon Juice !!!

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Ask most people how they feel about lemons and they will either pucker their lips or insist that the yellow fruit’s only place is in lemonade. Yet little do many know, lemons are some of the most nutrient-rich and healthy fruits out there that can be used to ease a wide variety of ailments. Here is a list of a few ways that lemon juice can transform your bodily health, for the short-term and the long-term!
1. Boosts Your Immune System
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Although vitamin C is the key to jump-starting our immune system, the rest of the nutritional benefits of the lemon can certainly do you no harm. It’s good to drink a glass or two of lemon water when you are feeling stressed, because that is when your immune system is most likely to fall weak to any surrounding bacteria or viruses.
2. A Surprising Source of Potassium
Potassium is good for your heart health as well as your brain and nerve function. It is usually found in vegetables like potatoes and spinach, but lemons are also an excellent source for a potassium boost.
3. Eases Your Digestion
Lemon water should be drunk at room temperature as warm water helps stimulate smooth movement within the gastrointestinal tract. Lemons and other citrus fruits contribute to this effect because they are high in vitamins and minerals that loosen up the toxins in the digestive tract, known as ama. Lemon is an excellent natural remedy for symptoms of indigestion like heartburn and bloating.
4. A Natural Diuretic
Lemons increase the rate of urination and therefore are able to quickly remove toxins in the digestive tract that can affect the health of the urinary tract.
5. Keeps Your Skin Clear
The potent vitamin C in lemons helps keep the skin blemish and wrinkle-free. In addition the antioxidants in lemon juice can be applied to scars and age spots in order to reduce their appearance without diminishing the skin’s radiance.
6. Reduces Inflammation
Drinking lemon water on a regular basis may decrease the levels of acidity within the body, which is where disease is most likely to occur. It works to remove uric acid in the joints which is the main source for joint pain and inflammation. It’s best to drink the lemon water in the winter at a lukewarm temperature to fight off the effects of cold-weather stiffness.
7. A Caffeine Aid
Lemon juice is an excellent way to cut back on caffeine in coffee or soda because it has similar rejuvenating effects. Substituting your morning cup of joe for a cup of hot water and lemon may save you from an afternoon crash and quiet your caffeine cravings.
8. Keeps You Hydrated
Starting your day off with a cup of hot lemon water can not only prevent fatigue later on in the day, but also dehydration. Dehydration is one of the major causes of toxic buildup, stress and even susceptibility to viral infections. So if you are the kind that forgets to drink water, it is recommended that you drink lemon water in order to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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