10 Amazingly Healthy Uses for Lemons

by Holistic_Health

It’s easy enough to find lemons anywhere in the world and this is probably why we take them for granted. For a fruit that is in use daily, we tend to forget its usefulness.

The lemon is a powerhouse in terms of the health benefits it offers—and not just its nutritional value. You may think you know all about lemons, but I’m going to show you that the lemon is good for much more than lemonade.

You've probably heard the story of how the lemon saved British sailors from scurvy, and this is true. This fruit is a great source of Vitamin C, but here are some other uses for lemons you may not know:

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  1. Use lemons to bust up phlegm. When you’re congested, make a fresh glass of lemonade (warm or cold) and the lemon will act as an expectorant.
  2. Use dehydrated lemon slices as part of a refreshing homemade potpourri. The citrus smell is much healthier than inhaling chemicals labeled fragrance.
  3. To fade acne scars and exfoliate dead skin, gently massage a lemon wedge and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into your skin for a few minutes. Do this at least once a week until the spotted areas fade.
  4. Lemon peel or zest can be used as a garnish in many recipes or candied to use as healthy snacks. It’s especially tasty as a seasoning for sea food, poultry, and vegetables.
  5. Squeeze a lemon and use the juice as a natural tick and flea repellent on pets. Mix one part lemon juice to one part water. Dab problem areas or use a spray bottle to apply. It can sting mucous membranes so be careful of eyes.

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6. Put some lemon essential oil in a diffuser when you’re in a mental slump. Studies show it stimulates rational left-brain thinking in the hippocampus.

7. If you have a sweet tooth, a whiff of lemon oil will curb that craving.

8. One of the simplest forms of detox is to squeeze the juice of a lemon into 12 ounces of warm water. Do this first thing in the morning upon waking.

9. For an eco-friendly cleaner, slice a lemon in half and sprinkle on some salt or borax. Use it like a sponge to clean a dirty tub or sink. The citric acid cuts through dirt without scratching surfaces.Using a lemon to clean will leave behind a pleasing smell that won’t make you wheeze or cough.

10. Lemons are great odor removers. If you’ve been peeling onions, pour lemon juice over your hands to remove the odor.

11. If your garbage disposal is smelling bad, simply drop some lemon wedges down there and let it run for a while with hot water flowing. Likewise, with smelly garbage cans. Just drop a few slices in the bottom and see if that doesn't help.

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The power of lemons is amazing. If you have only been using them for lemonade, you’re wasting a wonderful remedy for so many things. There are numerous chores you could spend a lot of money on and not see any results from expensive solutions, when the inexpensive lemon can get the job done.

I encourage you to check out Everyday Roots. It’s full of useful recipes that include common kitchen items like lemons and other common kitchen items you can use to stay healthy and save money. Here’s a short list of remedies you’ll find inside –

  • Air fresheners
  • Insomnia remedies
  • Headache remedies
  • Facial Masks
  • Shampoos

Buying the book is a no brainer if you want a guide to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. It contains over 215 natural home remedies so you’ll more than get your money’s worth.

Updated: 03/30/2017, Holistic_Health
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Seelyon on 06/21/2015

With a huge lemon tree out the back that seems to always have 100s of lemons on it I might start having to make better use of them.

Veronica on 06/14/2015

I believe that lemons are a great hormone regulator for older women going through the change of life. I pour hot water over half a lemon twice a day and drink it warm. It's wonderfully cleansing and helps menopausal symptoms. It also means I reduce my tea and coffee intake.

Holistic_Health on 01/22/2015

@khatha0808 Sounds good - I think I will.

Raintree on 08/30/2014

You reminded me of the many uses of lemons! I knew some but not all of these, but had forgotten about them ! Thank you

Holistic_Health on 06/04/2014

Yes, smells work in the limbic regions of the brain. Anything to get rid of my sweet tooth :)

Mira on 06/03/2014

I came back to read this. " If you have a sweet tooth, a whiff of lemon oil will curb that craving." -- you mean smelling the vapors will curb the craving? Would it work with a sliced lemon too, I wonder? It does sound like a good idea.

Holistic_Health on 05/26/2014

Good luck!

Holistic_Health on 05/26/2014

Much better than chemicals.

holly-day on 05/26/2014

I knew some of these uses but not all of them and will put one or two into action tomorrow!

boutiqueshops on 05/26/2014

I love these tips! I'm going to try the flea repellent tip for my dogs in a spray bottle. Repel fleas and deodorize...win-win! ;)

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