Over the past few centuries, the uses for lemons have been astounding. In 500 AD, the ancient Egyptians developed lemonade. Then in the 1800’s, lemons were known as a cure for scurvy, a debilitating condition caused by a lack of vitamin C. Lemon is one ingredient that not only adds a delicious taste to cooking, it is also known for its properties in health and beauty. This food has properties that are astringent, disinfectant, and act as a natural lightener for hair and skin. They are also characterized by high contents in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and compounds that regulate acidity and promote fat elimination. Apart from being a storehouse of Vitamin C, lemons are also enriched with Vitamin B6, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, flavonoids, antioxidants and phosphorus. Adding lemon to your diet will help keep digestion and tummy troubles like constipation at bay. It is known to cleanse the digestive system along with blood purifying properties.
Here are the top uses of lemons:
Whiten Yellow Nails
Soak fingers in lemon juice for five minutes. To prevent stains in the future, apply a clear protective base coat before nail polish.
Make your fruit and vegetable slices last longer by coating them with lemon juice. The citric acid will help keep them from browning.
Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It’s way cheaper than going to your dentist’s office.
Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sun burns, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking its juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing this juice, but they aren’t too easy to find.
Clean And Deodorize Smelly Plastic Containers
Rub a lemon over the inside of a plastic container, or rinse it with lemon juice to help remove stains and smells.
Acne, sun exposure, illnesses, diet, and other factors can all cause marks on skin, which aesthetically, do not look very good. One very effective way of improving and reducing the appearance of marks is to apply a bit of lemon juice to the affected area, allow to work for 15 minutes, and wash off with cold water. Do this treatment at night, as sun exposure could cause adverse reactions.
An equal amount of water and lemon juice placed in an air freshener will supply your house with a nice, fresh scent.
Soften And Whiten Elbows
When your elbows start getting that flaky, dry look, mix up some baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste. Rub this mixture into your elbows for a smoothing, whitening, and exfoliating treatment.
Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it’s also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.