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10 Terrific Reasons to Love Lemons

10 Terrific Reasons to Love Lemons

After a heavy dinner last night, I resolved to start my day light and fresh. So I poured warm water in a tall glass, and squeezed the juice of a lemon into it. Washed and chopped basil leaves went in next, followed by a drizzle of honey and a few slivers of fresh ginger. Sipping this ambrosial drink first thing filled me with zest and zing for the brand new day. And of course you do know that warm water with lemon juice strengthens the immune system and zaps away colds and the flu!

I’ve discovered many more incredible health benefits and uses for lemons. Here they are:

  • If you are a lemon lover and use it daily, be happy! The juice of one lemon gives you one-third of your day’s total quota of Vitamin C.
  • Olive oil + lemon juice = strong nails! Rub the concoction on your nails for a few days and see the results—your nails will shine with good health.
  • Rub the cut half of a lemon on your lips at night, and wash off in the morning. No more chapped lips!
  • Squeeze lemon juice into plain yogurt and massage the back of your hands and your arms with it for a smoother, brighter complexion. Lemon is also a natural cleanser, so it gets rid of bacteria and germs lurking on the surface of the skin.
  • Lemon juice mixed with rose water and a little honey can be applied to acne-affected skin twice daily. The solution clears up acne and brings radiance to skin.
  • Feeling anxious or unhappy? Sprinkle a few drops of lemon oil on to a clean handkerchief, and inhale. The oil will quickly replace the negative energy with positive feelings and fresh focus.
  • Got a sore in your mouth? Squeeze some lemon juice into a glass of warm water and swirl this around in your mouth for about a minute. Repeat twice daily for at least three to four days. The antibacterial properties of lemon will heal the sore.  You can also use this water for gargling if you have a sore throat.
  • Lemon’s incredible benefits for your oral health don’t end here! If you have garlic or spicy breath, drink lemon-spiked water for instant fresh breath.
  • Lemon tea calms an upset stomach, flushes out toxins, and rejuvenates body and mind.

Tip: If a lemon is green it can still be ripe. But if it is brown, there is rot—drop the fruit!

Related:
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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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11:10AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Good uses, I try some. Thank you!

1:31AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Thank you :)

3:44PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

TY

11:21AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

I love my lemon!

7:25PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

tu

6:26AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

I can think of 100 reasons to love lemons.

7:13AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

ty

2:06AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

I do love them anyway! Thank you very much for sharing :)

10:16AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

I love lemons (and limes!) but the dentist says my eating lemons could have contributed to my enamel issues.. high acid content

1:27AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thank you :)

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