The benefits of lemons have been popping up everywhere lately! Whether it be a homeopathic treatment for a toothache or an all natural way to clean your home, lemons can do it all. From Whole Living, to this guest post, to other blogs I follow, I’ve been reading about the magical fruit so much lately. With so many fun facts and ideas as to how one can use these little sour guys, I wanted to give you all a roundup on some of my favorite findings.
Try drinking lemon water first thing in the morning or 20 – 30 minutes prior to eating to stimulate gastric juices.
1/2 inch knob of ginger sliced thinly
Juice from ½ lemon
2 cups boiling water
Honey to taste
Pour boiling water over the ginger, let steep for about five minutes, and then add lemon juice and honey to taste.
Kill microwave smells: Fill a small glass bowl with water and half a lemon, and stick in the microwave for five minutes.
Polish wood: In a spray bottle, add 2 tsp olive oil and juice from ½ a lemon to ½ cup warm water. Spray onto a slightly damp cotton cloth and wipe furniture.
Metals and Cutting Boards: Sprinkle salt over half a lemon and scrub away. Then rinse clean.
Lemon water can be used in dental care. Apply lemon juice to a toothache to get rid of pain, or massage it on the gums to stop bleeding. You can also freshen breath like the Ancient Romans did by gargling lemon juice for 30 seconds.
Treating from the inside out: Lemon is rich in vitamin C which means that ingesting the fruit on a regular basis is great for detoxifying and sending antioxidants to the skin
You can also treat it from the outside in: Combine lemon zest with sugar and soak the mixture with olive oil for 30 minutes to make a lemony homemade scrub. Rub it on your elbows, ankles, and knees to get rid of those dry patches.