When a Turkish friend of mine was finished squeezing a lemon, she rubbed the cut side of a fresh lemon over my hands. The result was great – my hands were so soft and scented wonderfully.
Lemons contain cleansing enzymes which when rubbed on your skin after being cut, remove dead skin and make your skin feel smoother. The juice is also a cleansing astringent, so when applied to the face, it reduces pore size, gets rid of excess oil, and tones down blackheads.
Lemons are a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and minerals with antibacterial and antiviral properties. They are full of flavonoids, an antioxidant compound, which work against infections like the flu and colds. And the citric acid helps in the prevention of kidney stones.
Most know lemon is used to bring out hair highlights as well as soothe sore throats, and I knew there had to be many uses for the lemon that I didn’t know of. So I looked on the web and found some interesting and chemical-free healthy ideas suggested by Reader’s Digest and The Old Farmer’s Almanac. I can’t attest for any of them, but thought to share some with you.
- Refrigerator deodorizer. Soak a cotton ball, gauze or sponge with lemon juice and leave in fridge for a few hours before discarding.
- Bad breath. Don’t have mouthwash? Gargle with lemon juice.
- Smelly hands. Just rub your hands with lemons to get rid of garlic, onion, or fish odors.
- Furniture polish. Mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
- Soften hard paintbrushes. Dip into boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat and soak for 15 minutes, then wash it in soapy water.
- Remove odors from wooden bowls, cutting boards, or rolling pins. Rub with the cut side of a lemon.
- Brighten aluminum. Just rub with a cut lemon half and buff.
- Insect repellent. Just moisten around doors or any place where you’ve seen ants or other crawling bugs – they don’t like the scent of lemons.
With the lemon having so many uses around the house and all the wonderful recipes that call for lemons, no home should be without them!
eBay has a page online with many uses for lemons.
Read more about flavonoids.