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:

Household:

–  Lemons are great for sanitizing, deodorizing and removing mineral deposits.  Try putting ¼ cup lemon juice in your dish washer’s soap dispenser and run an empty dishwasher through a normal cycle to leave it clean and smelling great.  Or use lemons to freshen a smelly garbage disposal.  You can even clean lime build up from shower doors by applying lemon juice with a sponge.  Lemon will even brighten up white kitchen tile grout.

–  Lemons work wonders on removing stains.  For ink stains on clothing, apply lemon juice on the ink stain and wash the garment in cold water.  To remove baby formula, fruit and berry or rust stains from colored clothing mix a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice (test for color fastness) and apply the mixture to the stain allowing it to sit for 15-30 minutes.  When stain is gone, launder as usual.

–  Remove the smell of onion or garlic from your hands by rubbing a slice of lemon on them and then rinsing thoroughly.

Health:

Lemons are potent detoxifiers with an anti-biotic effect that is protective against bacterial poisoning.

–  A tablespoon of lemon juice taken at least one hour before eating a meal is said to relieve asthma.

–  Lemon juice has amazing digestive qualities that are similar to our digestive enzymes, which effectively helps with digestion.  Drink lemon juice to relieve bloating and belching.

–  The anti-viral properties in lemons can help fight infections and halt the progress of a cold. Squeeze the juice of two lemons into 16 ounces of hot water (not too hot to drink) and add some raw honey to taste.  Sip on this slowly before bedtime.  Lemons are also good for colds because they reduce the amount of phlegm the body produces and eases nausea.

–  Relieve heartburn by drinking a glass of warm water with two tablespoons of concentrated lemon juice.

–  Soothe a sore throat by gargling with one part lemon juice to one part water (add a pinch of sea salt if desired).

–  Lemon is alkalinizing in the body and is a diuretic, so can be highly effective in reducing inflammation.  Lemon also prevents the deposit of uric acid in the tissues, so may reduce the risks of gout. The diuretic properties are good for people with urinary track infections and high uric acid problems because it helps flush out all of the toxins and bad bacteria.

–  Lemon mixed with coffee is thought to help treat malaria. This concoction is also effective for headaches.  (P.S. Our Tropical Smoothie Café now serves hot coffee!)

–  Lemons are also used in highly concentrated balms which are known to help break a fever by encouraging the patient’s body to perspire. Lemon balms have even been used as smell therapy to lift spirits, calm anxiety, clear the mind and increase concentration.  It is also supposedly used to improve memory storage and recall.  Since lemon does help with alertness, it has been used as an air freshener in offices to increase the efficiency of employees.

–  To help your body get the energy from the food you are eating, drink lemon water regularly.

–  A small amount of lemon juice will quench thirst more effectively than many times the amount of water. Experienced travelers declare that when they add lemon juice to ordinary drinking water, in various localities, it acts as an antiseptic and prevents illness due to allergy to different water supplies.  Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Mt. Everest, has said that a warm lemon drink was a part of his success in that it helped with difficulty in breathing when dealing with insufficient oxygen.

Beauty:

–  Drinking lemon juice daily is said to give a glow to the skin (from the vitamin C).

–  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 which can relieve a headache and cool the body.

–  Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents new pimples from developing.

–  Lemon juice can be used to lighten your hair naturally without the harsh chemicals used in commercial hair dyes and bleaches.

–  Lemon poultices applied overnight are a great remedy for corns and calluses.

–  The proven antibacterial and antiviral properties of lemons can accelerate the healing process for canker sores.

This summer try adding lemon to your water or iced tea.  Better yet, stop by our Tropical Smoothie Café location and let us blend up your choice of three varieties of lemonade smoothies for you (Strawberry, Blueberry or Island).  If life gives you lemons, we hope that means you’re hanging out with us and sipping on a limited-time lemonade smoothie.

*Note: Lemon is safe and natural, but never apply lemon juice to open wounds. This article is not intended as a substitute for treatment from your doctor.  The information here was gathered from various sources for informational purposes.  Lemons are effective home remedies for a variety of health concerns but in the case of serious illness always consult your doctor first.

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