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I really love lemons. They add some fantastic flavor to so many dishes; they can be used as medicine, for healing, for cosmetic purposes, for cleaning, and even as insect repellent! I’ll give as brief a run down as I can on the many uses of this little ball of sunshine.

They were considered by the Romans as an antidote for many poisons and in folk medicine, they have always been a popular remedy for feverish chills and coughs. In modern Italy eating fresh lemons is believed, by many, to combat major epidemic infections.

Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon water regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleanser. It helps to tonify the heart and blood vessels. The intake of lemon water ensures smooth bowel movements thereby eliminating constipation and diarrhea. I love starting the day with a glass of purified room temperature water with half a fresh squeezed lemon added to it. It is the best mini-detox, helping to flush out toxins and give a fresh start to the day!

Lemon is also one of the best liver supports. Most people can use that, since our livers are one of the most overworked organs. A sluggish liver leads to digestive, skin and hormonal disorders.

Lemons are very rich in vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, carotene (pro-vitamin A) and of course Vitamin C. Studies have repeatedly shown Vitamins C’s ability to boost the immune system, that’s why it’s so effective against colds and the flu.

For a sore throat, lemon mixed with warm water makes an excellent gargle.

Used topically, lemon can be effective as a natural antiseptic; the juice of lemon will destroy harmful bacteria found in cuts and other areas of infection. It also effectively relieves insect stings, and can be used to ease sunburn and skin rashes.

I personally love using lemon juice on my face. I squeeze some fresh lemon on a cotton pad, and wipe my face with it. I leave the juice on for a few minutes and then I rinse it off with water. Lemon contains enzymes which help to cleanse the skin of dead cells.

Lemon is also popular in traditional beauty treatments to whiten the skin and teeth, and to encourage freckles to fade.

Lemons are fantastic cleaning agents. They add such a nice, clean, fresh scent, are non-toxic, cheap and actually work really well. Lemon juice can be used on countertops, for bleaching purposes and for disinfecting. It can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon is also a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper.

And finally, rotten lemons can be used to repel ants from the house or garden. Amazing!

My favorite lemon salad dressing:

  • 1/4 cup cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp agave nectar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dried herbs such as basil, oregano, or thyme
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients, keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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