Lemons: Powerful Benefits and Uses for Overall Health
As a child, there were lemon trees at a boarding school I attended and I remember at around the age of eleven or twelve having a lemon eating competition with some friends. They weren't quite ripe, but we peeled them in a race and ate these tiny little sour things just for a laugh. I didn't quite mind as I've always loved lemons.
Some of the ways I enjoy lemons in their many forms:
- Lemon water - my favourite way to enjoy lemons...so refreshing! I have a simple round lemon squeezer to get out every last drop.
- Lemon squeezed into my herbal teas. Simply terrific!
- Cooking. I squeeze lemon on my salads, fish, shrimp, avocado and vegetables to really bring out the flavour. Lemon rice soup or Greek lemon potatoes are both delicious too. Finely grating lemon peel into a salad can also be quite delicious if in small quantities.
- On my skin to dry out a bad breakout. It stings but it works.
- Add it to your homemade masks (like oatmeal, egg or avocado) particularly if your skin is oily as it will dry out the excess oil.
- Adding lemon to my cocktails and baking.
Like anything, if you use too much lemon it can also create problems. Everything in balance is key and be sure to dilute lemon juice and lemon oil for use.
Main health benefits and uses of lemons in their many forms:
- Lemons balance the PH levels in your body. Even though they seem acidic, when they enter your body they create a balance that fights off cancers, heart disease and kidney stones and create a more alkaline environment in your system.
- The Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, fiber, potassium and essential oils in lemons is important for skin health, your immunity to fight off coughs, cold and have better overall health.
- Antioxidants help with blood pressure, cholesterol, digestion, weight loss and absorption of iron.
- Lemon oil helps with anxiety, stress, uplifts your mood and is rejuvenating for brain function. It is strong, so needs to be diluted for use.
- Dull hair can also be given a beautiful boost with lemon juice or lemon oil.
- Lemon oil also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
- A cold or warm cloth with some fresh lemon juice added into it can be very rejuvenating and refreshing too.
We use lemon oil in several of our glycerin soaps and goat's milk soaps to soften skin, brighten and clean with anti-bacterial properties.
I hope you enjoy or add more lemons into your life for all their uplifting and positive things they can do!
To health, happiness and trees full of lemons,