Lemons are everybody’s favourite especially during summer.But did you know that not only they prove as excellent thirst quenchers,these little fruits are very beneficial for your health ,skin and hair.Not only that, there can be many uses of lemons for our lovely housewives to keep their kitchen clean or using nimbu mirchi to keep away evil spirits away or using it to enhance the colour of mehndi on our hands.We have many more –
Drinking lemon juice diluted with water or lemonade gives you an instant energy boost.Also,lemon oil strengthens brain activity.Whenever you are tired and unable to concentrate add 4 -5 drops of lemon oil to a water filled aromatherapy lamp.You’ll feel the energy coming back to you.
Consuming lemon juice daily helps purify our blood ,getting rid of all the toxins through urination.It also prevents formation of kidney stones.
Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral immune boosting powers as they are loaded with Vitamin C,bioflavonoids,pectin and limonene that fight infection and promote immunity.
4.FEVER/SORE THROAT RELIEF-
Lemons also help in reducing fever and getting your throat fixed.Just add 1 entire lemon to a cup of boiling water and mix honey.Drink every 2 hours till the fever subsides.
The fragrance of lemons have a calming effect on the brain and hence soothes anxiety.You can use it as a room freshener and inhale lemon balm oil if you feel tensed or dizzy.
If you suffer from hypertension or high cholesterol,the pectin present in lemons fight both the problems.Add 3 crushed garlic cloves and 1 chopped onion to 1 quart or cold skimmed or low fat milk or soy milk. Slowly bring to the boil and let it stand for 5 minutes. Pour through a sieve and chill. Add the freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons and sip throughout the day.This also lowers the risk of heart diseases.
7.CURES BAD BREATH-
The citric acid cleanses the oral cavity and hence fights against bad breath and tongue coating problems.
Lemons cut fat and are efficient in reducing weight.Drinking a glass of hot water, mixed along with 1 – 2 spoons of lemon juice extract, early in the morning, on empty stomach decreases fat deposition.
Lemons promote digestion and are the common ingredient for all Ayurvedic digestive tablets and churnas..
10.NO MORE WORMS-
These wonder fruits also help in getting rid of intestinal worms,a common problem among kids.
Lemon oil when mixed with jojoba oil helps gets rid of inflammation and reduces pain.This is extremely beneficial for people suffering from arthritis.
Lemon juice reduces phlegm,relieves pain in the ches region and drinking lemon juice daily aids in taking care of asthmatic patients.
13.CURES CORNS AND CALLUSES –
All you have to do is take a lemon peel, and place the white side of the peel on the corn. Secure the peel with a cloth and keep it overnight. This should be done for 7 consecutive nights for best results.
Lemon juice lightens the complexion naturally and also removes dark spots.Apply it directly or dilute it with water or rose water if you have sensitive skin.
Lemon juice contains L-asorbic acid, a natural astringent which dries out the acne, as well as antibacterial compounds that fight acne-producing bacteria.Use it externally as well as drink lemon juice for best results.
If you suffer from eczema,then rub lemon juice mixed with some honey and water over the affected area for stimulating healing of the skin disease.
17.RELIEVES BUG BITES-
Just rub lemon on the skin to get rid of the itching and pain,but if the stinger is still in the skin take it out with a pair of tweezers.Then massage lemon oil with honey around the bite.
Cut a lemon in half and put in the refrigerator or kitchen and leave it overnight.The lemon will absorb any bad smell and leave the place with a fresh tangy fragrance.
19.MAINTAINS COLOUR OF FRUITS-
Prevent apples or cauliflower from turning brown due to oxidation by sprinkling lemon juice over them.The vitamin c in the fruits prevent oxidation and acts as a barrier between the iron in the apples and humid air.
20.RENEWS CUTTING BOARDS-
Does your chopping board now smells of onions and garlic all the time?Rub lemon all over the board and after an hour wash it thoroughly.
lemons contain anti-oxidants that reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for ageing skin and skin damage.So drink a glass of lemon water daily to maintain youth for life.Mix malai and lemon juice and apply it on your face to get a wrinkle free face.
Get blonde highlights naturally.Add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water,apply this to your hair and sit in the sun for an hour and wash it.Repeat once a week to get great results.
23.MANICURE MUST HAVE-
Clean and whiten nails using a lemon peel or dip your hands in lemon water.Follow up with a moisturizer to have beautiful ,clean hands and nails.
24.LIGHTENS DARK ARMPITS,ELBOWS-
Mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows,armpits for a soothing, smoothing, lightening and exfoliating treatment.
Itchy and flaky scalp caused by dandruff can be a big problem.Massage your scalp with lemon juice mixed in coconut oil.Your dandruff will vanish in 2 weeks.
Your clothes will shine bright and clean if you pour 1 cup lemon juice along with your detergent in the washing machine.Lemon juice also helps in removing tough stains from utensils and even on white marble floors.So,don’t let those lemons in the dustbin.Use and reuse.