THE WONDER FRUIT
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? You use them! That's right - lemons are not just for lemonade, but are one of the most versatile and inexpensive fruits which I like to refer to as "the wonder fruit" and here's why...
Lemons are widely used in cooking, cleaning, room sprays, laundry detergent, washing up liquids, hand wash, skin care, beauty, cold and flu remedies - you name it, and for good reason. It's not just for their uplifting and refreshing citrus aroma, they are highly rich in antibacterial properties, vitamin C and citric acid. Lemons and/or organic lemon essential oil (also known as Citrus Limon), in it's Latin name is the fruit and oil that I just could simply not do without.
Here's some lemony facts
Did you know that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce 1 Kilo of lemon essential oil? That's a lot of lemons. So for every 10ml bottle of essential oil that you buy, into that goes the oil from the rind of 30 lemons!
An Mie University study found that citrus scents, including lemon, boosted immunity, induced relaxation and reduce depression.
LEMONS FOR SKIN & BEAUTY
Although I would not recommend applying lemon to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 24 hours of using it, here are some amazing things that you can do to promote healthier skin and hair using lemons and lemon essential oil.
Natural Cleanser/Anti Ageing: Mix a few drops of organic lemon essential oil or freshly squeezed lemon juice into coconut water, rose water or distilled water, preferably coconut or rose water as this will hydrate your skin and the lemon will clear and brighten. If you suffer from acne or looking to get rid of blackheads, this will work wonders. Due to the vitamin C and citric acid, the lemon juice and oil act as potent anti ageing ingredients. Apply with a cotton pad and reap the results.
Oily Skin: Some dermatologists would say NEVER to go to bed leaving lemon on your face, but I have personally tried and tested this so if you try this, do so at your own risk. Soak a cleansing pad in lemon juice and wipe your face as you would with a normal cleanser. Wash you face in the morning and continue each night to prevent oily skin.
Natural Teeth Whitener: Mix baking soda, lemon juice and coconut oil and apply to your teeth with a cotton bud. Use your toothbrush to scrub (no toothpaste) and then rinse with water. Do this daily and your teeth with be pearly white in no time.
Strengthen & Repair Your Nails: The next time you think of spending money on toxic nail repairing solutions, mix some olive oil with lemon juice or a few drops of lemon essential oil and soak your nails. This is great for dry and brittle nails and will also help to fix nails that have yellowed.
Dandruff: Mix 5 - 10 drops of fresh lemon juice in 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and massage into your scalp. Leave it overnight and wash your hair thoroughly the next day to remove all excess oil.
Foot Soak: Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful for foot relaxation. Add some of its juice to warm water, stir in some Epson salts and dip your feet into the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.
LEMONS FOR HEALTH
Lemons are loaded with healthy benefits, and particularly, as we know, they are a great vitamin C source. We often think of oranges when it comes to this immune boosting vitamin but did you know that one cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C?
Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper, so if you're looking to boost your immune system and start your day off feeling energised and great - opt for some lemon water instead of your morning coffee.
I would always recommend a slice of organic lemon (regular lemons work the same too) into a glass of water at room temperature as opposed to cold or you can make a nice hot lemon tea. Alternatively, you can source an organic certified food grade lemon essential oil here and add one drop to 750ml of water, but remember to drink it from a glass or glass bottle.
Here are some other interesting health facts about these lovely little fruits to name a few...
- Helps to fight throat Infections: Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.
- Aids digestion and detoxification
- Rejuvenates the skin and heals the body
- Boosts energy and mood
- Helps with weight loss: Lemons contain pectin, a type of fibre commonly found in fruits making you feel fuller for longer.
- Flushes out toxins: So if you've just quit smoking get yourself some lemons!
- Replenishes body salts: Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session.
- Helps maintain eye health
- Cough Syrup: 1 part lemon juice 2 parts raw honey (not suitable for children under one year)
LEMONS FOR CLEANING
When it comes to cleaning, less is more and cleaning without toxic chemicals "green cleaning" is just a new name for an old way. Now for some nifty home cleaning tips and how to get rid of the most stubborn...
Mirrors: Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a spray bottle of water , spray the mirror and then wipe dry with newspaper for a flawless finish.
Shower doors: We all hate this job as it is one of the most stubborn things ever but this is something that you MUST try. Apply lemon juice with a sponge onto the shower doors and dry with newspaper for a sparkling shine.
Grout: To brighten dull grout around your tiles, apply lemon juice with a toothbrush and scrub. Rinse with clean water.
Chrome Furniture: You can polish chrome simply by rubbing lemon rind over it.
Furniture Polish: Make your own furniture polish, it's much better for wood than any store bought one and it is non toxic and completely natural. Making a small amount at a time, mix the juice of one lemon, one teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin coat to furniture and then buff to a deep shine.
All purpose cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil or the juice of one lemon with cool boiled water. If using essential oils you can also add in some rosemary. Spray on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Pet stains/odour on carpet: To remove discolouration after pet messes are cleaned, apply a generous amount of lemon juice to the area and let it soak for 15 - 30 minutes. Reapply if needed, rinse and blot dry. You can also use a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar. As before, let it dry, rinse and blot.
Fleas and Ants: If you want to keep fleas at bay, mix the juice of four lemons with a 1/2 gallon of water and wash your floors. Fleas hate the smell of lemons.
There are four things that no household should be without:
- White vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Tea Tree oil
Let us know your favourite lemon recipes in the comments!