Monthly Archives: July 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (or Clean the House, or Cure Acne…)

Did you know that lemons are an amazing little fruit with both internal and external healing properties?  Lemons

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have strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties.  Lemons are also a digestive aid and liver cleanser.  They are chock full of vitamins and nutrients like citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin and limonene that help promote a healthy immune system and fight infection.  Limonene has anti-cancer effects and helps increase the level of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.  The highest content of limonene is found in the white spongy inner parts of the lemon.

Lemons can be used as a glaze for chicken, fish or vegetables; they can be juiced, used in desserts (or smoothies!), or as a garnish.  There are even cosmetic and household uses for lemons.   Below are a few benefits and qualities of and uses for lemon that you may not have known:

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