If you’re like me, you love the occasional sprinkle of fresh lemon on your asparagus, over a salad or a slice in your ice tea, but lemons can do so much more for your environment and good health.
This power packed little yellow bullet is jammed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help ward off colds or keep you looking younger.
Just a quarter of a cup of fresh lemon juice has 38 percent of your dietary referenced intake, the amount healthy people eat per day. It also contains pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium and calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, and copper.
While you might only use the juice from a lemon, you’d be throwing away the best part, the peel.
Grate it and sprinkle it on salads. The white part—the pith (soft or spongy tissue in fruits )—is especially good for you. It contains bioflavonoids that help promote blood vessel and capillary health, fights allergies, inflammation and even may deter or help cancer.
Mix it in a smoothie to hide the bitter flavor. I like mine in a salad that’s topped with a sweet or salty dressing.
① Brighten the Nails
If you have stained or discolored nails, you can brighten them with the help of lemon. Just mix 3 parts olive oil to one part lemon juice and apply it to your nail bed and the underside of the nails. Use it as you would a nail strengthener.
② Take the Smell of Garlic Off your Hands
If you’ve made a meal with garlic or onions and have the smell left on your hands, you can eliminate the problem by pouring a little lemon juice on your hands and working it in as you might hand sanitizer.
③ Clear the Air
Take away negative energy in the bedroom. A slightly green lemon can help remove negative energy while you sleep.
Slice the lemon into four sections, put it on a plate and surround it with salt (If you have ever watched “Supernatural” particularly on television, you know salt keeps negative spirits trapped.)
Put it on the floor next to the head of the bed, maybe under the bed stand and go to sleep. By morning it will clear the room of all the negative energy and have it trapped. It’s time to pitch it away in the garbage bag, and just to be sure, take the bag outside.
④ Lower Blood Pressure
Is your blood pressure elevated? Don’t quit your medication or neglect a doctor’s visit, but you can also help control blood pressure by drinking lemon water several times a day. Start the first thing in the morning before you eat. Heat water, but don’t make tea or coffee. Just squeeze a bit of lemon in the water and drink it down.
⑤ Get Rid of Dandruff
Get rid of pesky dandruff quickly. Just like ACV, lemon juice is slightly antiseptic. Apply a couple of tablespoons to your scalp when you’re in a shower and rinse.
⑥ Fight Respiratory Infections
Keep respiratory infections at bay. Again, the antibacterial benefits of lemon juice come to the rescue. Gargling lemon water can help cure respiratory infections, even persistent ones.
You can alternate it with a salt and warm water gargle, for a double whammy. A mix of honey and lemon is also an effective cough syrup.
⑦ Disinfect Cuts
Out of your favorite ointment or alcohol? Treat cuts with lemon juice by putting some on a cotton ball to put on the wound. It’s a disinfectant that works….but also stings.
⑧ Increase Focus
There is much to be said for mainly when you’re talking lemon essential oil. Lemon oil scent energizes you while also aiding in concentration.
You’ll be more alert and productive when you add it to your diffuser or if you don’t have one, just slice a lemon and let the scent float through the room.
⑨ Soften Calluses
Tough calluses are hard to remove, even with soaking. A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice can make it easier by softening them.
While some people recommend mixing the juice and soda together into a paste, I found it simpler to cut the lemon in half and dip the flat part in the baking soda and scrubbing with it.
If you have lemon left over, rinse it off and squeeze the juice on the callous then rinse with water.