Today’s post is all about lemons and why they should be part of your daily life. Lemons are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibers, and other health-promoting nutrients. They are so versatile and can be used in many ways to promote your health.
I’ve talked about our morning lukewarm lemon water routine before. If you haven’t seen that article passing by, CLICK HERE to read it and discover the many benefits of this simple, yet very powerful habit.
11 Facts About Lemons
1. Say Bye to Skin Problems with the help of lemons
Lemons can do a lot to improve the appearance of your skin. Here’s an overview of how they can help your skin look more vibrant and rejuvenated.
- Lighten your skin: the citric acid in lemons naturally lighten your skin. Just mix 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice, yogurt, and raw honey. Apply once a day on your skin and leave for about 15 to 20 minutes. This may take a while before you start seeing results. You could also use fresh lemon juice to wash your face with and leave on for 15 minutes to reduce freckles and age spots.
- Acne treatment: lemons kill acne-causing bacteria and help you to reduce the appearance of an acne scar. You could use a yogurt facial as described above, or add undiluted lemon juice to a cotton ball and apply on affected areas. Apply moisturizer afterward as undiluted lemon juice dries the skin.
- Blackheads: slice half a lemon and rub the juice on your face to remove blackheads.
- Corns and callus: place a slice of lemon on the corn or callus and bandage. Leave overnight. For better results, you could dab undiluted lemon essential oil on the affected areas to speed up the healing process.
- Skin infections (such as eczema): make a lemon wrap to find relief. Add 8 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 cup of lukewarm water and add 1 tablespoon honey as well for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effect. Soak a linen cloth in this mixture, and place on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat up to 3 times a day. This will ease the infection and itchy feeling.
2. Improve your skin with lemons
- Varicose veins: add 6 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 drops each of cypress and juniper oil to 1,5 oz. wheat germ oil. Gently massage your legs from bottom to top (always in the direction of the heart). Don’t put pressure on them as it may worsen varicose veins. Or add 8 drops lemon, 4 drops cypress essential oil, and 1 tablespoon honey to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes and gently pat dry.
- Bleach elbows and knees: simply rub half a lemon on dark knees or elbows to make them brighter.
FYI: if you use lemons on your skin and planning to go out in the sun make sure the wear sunscreen (click here to learn how to make your own chemical-free sunscreen) and avoid unnecessary time in the sun as lemons make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
3. Hair lightener
If you’re aiming to score a sun-kissed color, then you should try lemon instead of harsh commercially available hair lighteners. Before you go out in the sun, rinse your hair with ¼ cup lemon juice with ¾ cup water. The juice will also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff. For maximum effect, repeat daily for up to one week.
4. Natural deodorant
Just cut a lemon in half and rub under your armpits. Make sure to label the lemon as they can be used more than once 😉 . Or CLICK HERE and learn how to make your own chemical-free and travel-friendly deodorant. It’s super easy!
5. Boost your immune system
Lemons are very high in vitamin C. They boost your immune system and speed up healing after infections. Lemon tea with honey works great to treat a sore throat, chills, fevers, or other cold-related symptoms. Drink as much lemon tea as needed until symptoms disappear. You could also make a lemon gargle with the juice of 1 lemon and 1 tsp salt in one cup lukewarm water. Gargle up to 3 times a day for about 1 minute.
6. Heart health
Lemons keep your heart healthy. They improve circulation, help reduce cholesterol and are effective to treat hypertension, thanks to their high levels of pectin, vitamin c, and potassium. The high potassium levels can also reduce dizziness and nausea.
7. Whiten teeth
Brush your teeth with the following mixture to help remove coffee, wine, or nicotine stains: Squeeze ¼ to ½ lemon and add 2 tbsps. apple cider vinegar (with mother). Works with baking soda as well. Don’t repeat more than twice a week to avoid eroding of your tooth enamel. Try daily oil pulling instead, click here for more info.
Scroll down for more awesome facts about lemons and how to store and pick them
7. Control blood sugar levels
Lemons contain high levels of acetic acid which lowers the glycemic index of any food. So adding lemon, or other citrus fruits, to your diet can help you to control blood sugar levels. The acids slow down digestion, meaning glucose is slowly released into your bloodstream, which prevents sugar spikes.
8. Prevents the formation of kidney stones
Lemons help to prevent calcium oxalate stone formations. Drinking plenty lemon water during the day increases the production of urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals that lead to kidney stones.
9. Strengthen fingernails
A lemon soak does wonders to strengthen, clean and whiten your nails. Remove any nail polish and wash your hands. Soak your nails in the juice of ½ lemon and 1 cup of water for about 5 minutes. Then rub the cuticles with the lemon peel and wash your hands again. Apply a moisturizing lotion to prevent dry hands. Click here for more natural remedies to strengthen your fingernails.
10. Green cleaning
- Clean cutting board: just rub half a lemon all over it or use undiluted juice to clean your cutting board thoroughly.
- Deodorize your fridge: dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and place in your fridge for a few hours or overnight.
- Deodorize garbage: especially during summer your garbage can smell yucky. To handle the bad smell save all your lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag.
- Remove berry or beet stain on your fingers: if your fingers are stained after handling berries or beets, wash your hands with undiluted lemon juice or rub half a lemon on your hands. Wait a few minutes and wash with warm water and soap.
- Bleach delicate fabrics: soak your delicate fabrics with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
- Boost Laundry detergent: add 1 cup lemon juice during the wash cycle to remove rust stains and other discoloration from cotton. Not only does it remove tougher stains, smells fresh as well.
11. Prevent produce from turning brown
One last tip…. Lemons prevent your produce from turning brown and adds zing to your dishes. So next time you cook cauliflower or other white vegetables add a bit of lemon juice to them before cooking to preserve their white color.
And of course, with summer starting, guacamole is back. To preserve the green color of the avocado all day long add lemon juice. This year I’m making a new improved guacamole recipe with kale. The first batch was a huge success on our bbq-party.
FYI: How to select and store lemons
How to pick the best lemons
Fully ripened lemons contain the most antioxidants. Look for lemons with a full yellow color. Choose the lemons that are heavy for their size, those will have less peel and more of the healthy stuff. The peel should be wrinkle- and soft-patch free.
How to store lemons
If you keep them away from direct sunlight they will keep for a week at room temperature. If you keep them in your fridge you can extend that time to 4 weeks. As you can see lemons can be used for so many wonderful things. Going from improving your health to keeping your laundry fresh and stain-free.
What are your favorite uses for lemons? Share them with us in the comment box below.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.