The Whole Lemon

The_Last_Lemon_by_Miwa_Arashi

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

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Lemons are just so cute! Seriously, with the shape, and the yellowness!

Ah!

But, not only are they adorable (mostly when faces are drawn on them), but they are incredibly useful!

They are super healthy, and not just in an eating way! A lemon can be used as an antibacterial, and can boost your immune system. Lemons can also be used as a digestive aid, helping to cleanse your liver, and they help with weight loss! Sounds good, huh?!

Here are 10 different areas of your life that a lemon can help you with!

(The juice of one lemon = 2-3 tablespoons)

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1. Drinking The Lemon Goodness:

Lemonade! Yes, it tastes amazing, and it’s super common, but it’s also healthy for you! Lemon juice, straight from the lemon, will quench thirst, and help with fatigue easier than water will. When you make your lemonade, try to have less sugar in it! Sugar will not help the thirst much. I personally drink lemon water, with no sugar at all! Super thirst quenching power! It also makes you feel more awake.

After you eat food, drink one glass of lukewarm water with the juice of one lemon mixed into it, it will help you digest your food! This also relieves pain, and for severe pain you can put the juice of two lemons in your water! When you put a lemon in your tap water, it will help prevent possible allergies to the water.

2. Clearing up acne:

The citric acid in a lemon acts as an effective treatment for those pesky breakouts. Not only is that super healthy vitamin C good for making your skin glow, but it clears it up. Before you go to bed, put some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and dab it on the acne and go to sleep. It might sting a little, but it’ll help. There is also a mixture of one part lemon juice and an equal part rose or honey water. This mixture you should only leave on your face for about half an hour and then rinse off. You can repeat it twice a day.

3. Having anxiety?

Use lemon balm. Also, put lemon oil onto a cloth and inhale. This will relieve your anxiety, fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, nervousness, and tension.

4. Mouth issues:

If you’ve got a canker sore, mix lemon with some luke warm water and rinse your mouth 3 times a day. Again, if it stings, it’s okay! On top of clearing sores up, lemons will freshen your breath! Chewing on a lemon slice, or thoroughly rinsing your mouth with lemon water will help freshen your breath after certain spices, alcohol and even cigarettes. Lemon fresh!

5. Sickness:

If you’re feelings sick, lemons can be your noodle soup! If you’ve got a sore throat mix the juice from one lemon with one teaspoon sea salt and one cup of lukewarm water; gargle this three times a day for one minute. The best part of doing this is that you can swallow the mixture for that extra vitamin C! Which also helps to make you better.

When you have a fever, you can mix the juice of one lemon with a cup of hot water and some honey. Drink it every two hours until your fever or cold has gone away.

6. Sleeping:

Lemons can also help with insomnia. If you make chamomile tea, and put the juice of a lemon and a small amount of honey in it, and it should help make you tired enough for sleeping!

7. Bugs:

When sitting outside you can rub lemon on your exposed skin. There is a mixture of 10 drops of lemon to a 1/2 oz of sunflower oil that can also be rubbed on the skin to keep bugs away. In a group of people, you can mix 20 drops of lemon with one cup of water and spray it in the air. If you get stung by a bee or wasp, remove the stinger (if there is one) with tweezers. Massage one or two drops of lemon oil mixed with one teaspoon of honey into the skin. This should help with mosquito bits as well. Also, when you go to bed at night, put a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice near your bed, this will keep insects from bothering you at night.

(An extra tip about bugs! They don’t like citrus or minty scents. Plant some mint and lemon grass or lemon thyme in your garden or on your porch. Marigolds will also help keep the bugs out! I have spearmint, lemon thyme and marigolds all planted on my deck and I haven’t seen any wasps or bees since I planted them.)

8. Using the Whole Lemon:

After you drain a lemon of its juice you can leave it near your sink and use it to get rid of smells that are on your hands, like fish, onion, or garlic.

You can also use the left over lemon to soften up your elbows or get rid of a callus or corns on your feet. Take half of the lemon and put it on your elbow, you can use a wrap to secure it. The same goes for your feet, but you take a slice and wrap it over night.

Use the peels to make a homemade cleaner.

☼ Materials:

– Citrus peels (lemons or orange)

– Distilled white vinegar

– Water (optional)

– Airtight glass container

– Spray bottle

– Measuring cup

– Mesh Strainer

☼ Proccess:

– Collect the citrus peels in an airtight container.

– Once the container is full, cover the peels with the vinegar and seal the container.

– Date the container and let it sit for two weeks.

– Strain the peels, and then pour the liquid into a spray bottle. You can also dilute it with some water, this is totally optional.

9: Invisible Ink:

Check out my In(k)visible post for instructions!!

10: Baking:

Check out my Baking Lemons post for fun recipes involving lemon cake mix!

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These are just a very few of the things you can do with lemons.

I hope this helps you live a healthier life!

Thanks for reading! <3

Photo Credit: Here

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