When Life Gives You Lemons-50 Interesting Uses

When Life Gives You Lemons-50 Interesting Uses

 Lets talk a little bit about Lemons here…other than the fact that I LOVE LEMONS they have been used for ages for all kinds of things and by things I mean not just eating them. Consuming lemons and even their peels can be very beneficial to your health (unless you have allergies to them and in that case you should steer clear).  Lemons are high in vitamin C, they are full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. It is even said that Lemons (their skins) have anti-cancer properties due to the limonene. It is also rumored that Limonoid found in lemons may even lower cholesterol. It’s no wonder why lemons are so popular!

I actually have a bit of a guilty pleasure with eating lemons…my mouth is seriously salivating while I write this but they are so delicious. The acidic nature of lemons is probably bad for my teeth which is why I now eat them in moderation. Don’t get me wrong I still use them daily for juices and lemon water etc. but I don’t just flat out eat them all the time. When I used to work a 8-5 job a few years back a friend and I both loved lemons so much that we would bring them to work and eat them at our desks. We got some really interesting “what on earth are you doing?” looks from people but aside from all of the comments and looks we kept on eating our lemons! My friend ate them with salt and kind of got me addicted to cutting lemons in small slivers, sprinkling salt on top then eating the slices. Oh wow does that sound amazing! You probably think I’m a total weirdo by now…anyway aside from devouring lemons there are plenty of great ways to use them.

50 Great Uses for Lemons

1. Use them in Juices

2. Drink Lemon water daily (include the peel) (this can help balance your PH level and aid in detoxification

3.  Use the zest and juice in recipes (great for marinades)

4. Freshen breath by swishing lemon juice (swallow it for better results)

5. Lemon and Honey to ease sore throat

6. Lemon Juice and Baking Soda paste to clean sinks, and bath tubs

7. Lemon Juice in natural homemade hairspray

8. Use Lemons to remove berry stains from hands

9. Use lemon juice and coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, avocado, or grape seed oil to lighten nails

10. Lemon juice and water to ease upset stomach

11. Freeze fresh lemon juice and keep cubes in your freezer for when you need lemon juice and don’t have lemons

12.Use lemons on white cutting boards and let sit out in the sun to brighten them and eliminate bacteria

13. Lemon juice can lighten skin in dark areas such as knees and elbows

14. Add a small amount of lemon juice to natural homemade eye cream to lighten dark circles around eyes

15. Disinfect your hands with lemons

16. Brighten Laundry whites with lemon juice

17. Spray Lemon Juice diluted with water in your hair and sit out in the sun to achieve natural highlights

18. Mix lemon juice and Kosher salt into a paste to clean shower scum

19. Make your own lemon pepper using dehydrated Lemon Zest ground fine and mixed with freshly ground black pepper

20. Boil Lemon and Peel to freshen air and eliminate odors

21. Use lemon juice and salt to remove scent from your hands

22. Throw lemon peels down your garbage disposal to clean and freshen up drain

23. Add lemon juice to herbal tea for a distinct and delicious flavor

24. Use Lemon Juice as a natural ant repellant

25. Mix lemon juice and white distilled vinegar and water to clean your floors (make sure you rinse with water after to avoid any problems especially in natural stone flooring

26. Easily clean your microwave by mixing some lemon juice, water and microwave for about 5 minutes. The buildup should wipe down easily

27. Lemon Juice, Sugar, and water boiled together make an excellent sugar wax for hair removal

28. Use Lemon juice as a dressing for fruit salad

29. Rub lemon on faucets to help remove water stains (test in a small area first)

30. Lemons and juice can be used in homemade deodorant (this may also help lighten underarms)

31. Lemon and Salt make a great degreaser

32. Bring half of a lemon with you in your morning shower (you can even squeeze a small amount on the floor) This will release lemon aroma while you shower and help you wake up

33. Use Lemon Peels and leave at the bottom of your trash can to eliminate odor (replace every week or two)

34. Lemon, Honey, and Ginger can help ease a sore throat

35. Using a Q-tip apply lemon juice to scars daily this can overtime lighten them and reduce their appearance

36. Use lemon juice in place of vinegar in salad dressings

37. Lemon juice diluted in water makes an excellent window cleaner

38. Disinfect Humidifier by adding some lemon juice to the water

39. Lemon Juice can help remove rust

40.Lemon juice and borax make a great toilet boil cleaner

41. Lemon Juice, Baking Soda and water make a great fruit and vegetable wash (Just soak produce in the mixture for 10 minutes and rinse)

42. Add some Raw Honey to half of a lemon and rub over your face as a face mask this can help tighten skin it help with pores and blackheads as well

43.Keep fruits and vegetables from turning brown by adding some lemon juice to them (great for apples, and avocados)

44. Use a lemon to help freshen your fridge

45. Reduce/eliminate weeds by spraying them with lemon juice and water they should shrivel up within a couple of days

46. Make a homemade furniture polish with olive oil and lemon juice

47. Make a homemade air freshener with Lemon juice and isopropyl alcohol

48. Soften brown sugar by adding lemon peels to the container (replace often)

49. Make a sugar hand scrub to clean and freshen up your tired hands

50. Use Lemon Peels in homemade household cleaning products (you can soak them in water and use the water for cleaning as well)

Information on benefits of Lemons was from (which is also a great book by the way I totally recommend it) Book is By: Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why

Please also read our disclaimer prior to using lemons for anything listed above.

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