There used to be a time when I would look at a lemon, and the only thing I thought about was “lemonade.” I didn’t get people who drank lemon in their water, squeezed it on their fish, or put it in their tea. I mean, who wants all that sour taste, right?
In recent years, I’ve grown to love lemons. I’ll even have a little in my tea from time to time… but did you know lemons have some pretty amazing health benefits? Let’s look into the healing power of lemons.
The Healing Power of Lemons
Headaches – Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is a treatment discovered by a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches. It was eventually learned that it helped headaches due to many other causes, as well.
High Blood Pressure – Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
Mental Health – Lemon water can pep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress.
Respiratory Problems – Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.
Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism – Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
Prevents Kidney Stones – Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
Anti-Aging – Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
Treat Infections – Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
Purges The Blood – We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavors. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
Oral Health – Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
Stomach Health – Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes – Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
Soothe Poison Ivy Rash – You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
Remove Warts – You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
Reduce Asthma Symptoms – In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.
Lemons as Beauty Aids
Clean and Whiten Nails – Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
Cleanse Your Face – Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
Freshen Your Breath – Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
Lighten Age Spots – Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
Treat Flaky Dandruff – If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows – Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.