Ancient usage of lemons for your health:
There are lots of health benefits connected with consuming lemons and they have been known for centuries! Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and/or drinking lemon juice protected you from a variety of poisons as lemon plays the role of a blood purifier. What’s even more interesting is that recent research has confirmed that this belief is a fact.
Lemons have strong antimicrobial effects and boost your immune system. They can also aid in weight loss because the lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. These little yellow fruits contain substances like citric acid, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, bioflavonoids (part of Vitamin C complex), pectin and limonene – that promote immunity and fight infection.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Health benefits of lemon:
Whether you use them in the form of juice, teas, drinks, dressing, or in the bath, you can enjoy the benefits of this powerful fruit. Lemon juice also works wonders for people having heart problems, owing to its high potassium content. So make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and enjoy its health benefits. Below are some other great ways to use lemons to benefit your health:
Lemon contains citric acid, which can be effective in treating acne. The vitamin C found in citrus fruits is vital for that healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.
In addition to drinking lemon juice with water first thing in the morning, here is a suggestion on how to use lemon for acne treatment:
With a cotton ball, apply fresh lemon juice on acne and leave it overnight. Wash with water the following morning. There may be an uncomfortable sensation of burning at first, but it will soon disappear.
This remedy is safe and natural, but if acne is severe or there are open wounds, consult your doctor first.
Research has shown that lemon balm has a calming effect and therefore may be able to help remove fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and tension. If you’re feeling tense sprinkle a few drops of lemon balm essential oil (Melissa officinalis) on a handkerchief to inhale.
It is believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase the efficiency of the employees.
Corns and Calluses
Lemon poultices applied overnight are a good home remedy for corns and calluses. Place a slice of lemon about 5 mm thick on to the corn, bandage and fasten.
If you suffer from skin infection such as eczema, a lemon wrap may offer relief.
Add 8 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 cup lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of liquid honey. Honey also has anti-inflammatory effect and strengthens the healing power of lemon. Soak a linen cloth in the liquid, squeeze out the excess, and gently place the cloth on the affected area for 15 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day.
Not only will this ease the infection, it will counter the overwhelming urge to scratch.
Long distance walkers, world travelers and explorers look upon the lemon as an essential. When fatigue sets in, they might suck lemon juice by piercing the top of the fruit with a straw, giving themselves a quick-acting medicine and a lovely refreshment. Lemon oil also seems to be able to stimulate brain activity so whenever you feel tired for no reason or are finding it hard to focus or concentrate, drink a glass of lemon water every few hours.
Lemons can help freshen breath that has gone sour after eating or that is caused by insufficient salivation. To keep breath fresh, thoroughly rinse your mouth several times a day with the freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. Eating a lemon slice after every meal will also help.
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