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!
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