8 Uses For Lemons

Many of us know that ingesting lemons has superior health benefits. The fruit is high in vitamin C which enhances beauty and rejuvenates skin. Everyone should start their day by drinking warm lemon water. It starts the digestive system up and prevents bowel problems (ew, but important)! It is also great for quicker weight loss and flushes out toxins from your body. In addition, it balances pH levels, conditions the liver and helps purify the blood. Lemons have been shown to induce a calming effect on both mind and body. Inhaling/ingesting can help remove tiredness, dizziness, tension, anxiety and nervousness.

Lemons have many uses outside the body as well!

1. Make your house smell good.

For a general elimination of odor in the kitchen area, boil lemon rinds in a pot and let the mixture sit for awhile. For the rest of the house, mix the juice of one or two lemons with a strong tea and put into a spray bottle. Walk around and spray to freshen the room. Be careful to keep the spray away from furniture.

2. Remove corns and calluses.

Apply a slice of lemon on the corn/callus, then bandage. Leave this in place overnight and continue each the procedure night until you notice changes. To help accelerate the process, dab the affected area with lemon essential oil. You must be careful to use only the undiluted kind because it’s too strong for normal skin.

3. Polish faucets.

Lemons can be used in a variety of ways for cleaning and removing stains around the house. My favorite trick is the one for faucets, since they’re always getting dirty! Rub lemons directly on your faucets to remove any hard water stains and soap residue. Easy!

4. Give yourself highlights.

Remember Sun-In? Yeah…that. Shampoo your hair and rinse it with a mixture of ¼ cup lemon juice mixed with ¾ cup water. Then sit out in the sun until your hair dries. Repeat this once a week for maximum effect and the “beach blonde” look.

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5. Keep bugs away.

Critters, particularly of the cockroach and flea variety, hate the smell of lemons. Washing your floors with the rinds and juice of four lemons mixed in a half gallon of water will help these buggers stay away.

6. Emergency deodorant.

In a dire situation, wet your underarms with some lemon extract. This deodorant will only last a few hours, but it’s obviously better than sweating through your outfit of the day!

7. Soften Cuticles.

One of my all-time favorites, especially during the harsh winter and dry summer months. Mix two teaspoons lemon juice, one teaspoon honey and a cup of warm water. Soak fingertips in this for at least 10 minutes. When time’s up, rinse, dry and push back those cuticles.

Do YOU have any fun tips with lemons to share?