Lemons make me happy! How lucky am I to have a dear friend with a lemon tree who is happy to share?
When she initially gave me bags of lemons I would just whip up a delicious batch of agave sweetened lemonade. After the 3rd or 4th go round I thought,
"well, what else can I do with these here lemons?"
Thus began my exploration into the many uses of the lemon.
Since I am both a holistic healer and clean freak, I am happy to share benefits for your health and your home. Heal yourself naturally and avoid the harmful chemicals in many of our commercial cleaners. (For more great tips on detoxing your home for your health and wellness check out, The Healthy Home by Dr. Myron Wentz & Myron Wentz).
Here are a few of my fav tips:
- CLEAN POTS AND PANS
There is an enzyme in the citric acid of lemon juice that cuts grease. Recipe for a good cleaner: combine the juice from two lemons with ½ cup of vinegar.
- MAKE YOUR WHITES BRIGHT
When laundering, instead of bleach add ½ cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle.
- LIGHTEN DARK SPOTS
My grandmother always had pieces of lemon on her face to even out her skin tone. You must be careful when applying a dab of juice on a dark spot because the citric acid in lemons can be very drying on the skin of the face. Nevertheless, my grandma would rub it on her knees and elbows religiously.
- SOOTHE A SORE THROAT
Add the juice of half a lemon to warm water or tea. Properties of the juce will kill bacteria in the throat. To help with cough add honey.