9 Fresh and Healthy Uses for Lemons

I have just come back from Menton, the land of lemons, in France. Of course, I’ve carried a bunch of them with me, and cannot wait to put them to good use. Scouting for healthful and easy ways to squeeze the goodness from lemons, I came across some wonderful tips, which I am sharing here. If you have more ideas, do post them, too!

  • Place 1 sliced lemon with 1 tbsp black tea leaves, a cinnamon stick and steep in hot water for a minute or two. Add honey, and enjoy your cup of comfort.
  • Slice up a lemon or two and place in an ice tray. Pour water over them and freeze. You have lovely lemony ice-cubes for your next cup of tea or glass of punch!
  • Squeeze lemon juice into extra virgin olive oil. Add some crushed garlic, black pepper, coarse salt and some finely chopped fresh herbs. A great salad dressing!
  • Spike your Dijon mustard with some lemon juice to take the flavor up several notches, while adding a Vitamin C boost.
  • Low-fat but luscious lemon-cream dressing for your salads or baked potatoes: simply whisk lemon juice into low-fat hung yogurt, and season to taste. Serve the potatoes hot or warm.
  • Boil split yellow lentils with a pinch of turmeric and salt. Squeeze lemon juice into the hot lentil soup and enjoy hot. An excellent remedy for the flu!
  • Pasta tossed with garlic, lemon, fruity olive oil and fresh basil. Divine! You could also drizzle this dressing on hot pizza for an exciting effect.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice on freshly boiled rice. The grains will become wonderfully fluffy and fragrant.
  • Halve a lemon and sprinkle coarse salt on it. Rub on elbows and knees to scrub away dead cells and leave skin radiant. This can also be used to rub the grease off grimy pans and cooking surfaces. Find many more lemony ideashere.

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Monica D
Monica D8 months ago

The ice suggestion sounds nice.

Mac C.
mac C3 years ago

I started a while back to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning... like Christie C, I don't add honey just drink it up. Just a good thing to do. Because of your suggestions, I also squirt lemon juice on my rice and now on my salad. I've revisited this post because of the last suggestions, going to try it. Thank you.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

Thank you for the tips!

Tammy Baxter
Tammy B4 years ago


Christie C.
Christie C4 years ago

Shoot, I forgot to add that it's best to not eat for 20 minutes after drinking lemon water in the morning so your tummy has time to break it down before you eat acidic food.

Christie C.
Christie C4 years ago

I drink the juice of half a lemon with 8 oz of water first thing every morning. Though it's acidic and I have to swish my teeth clean afterward, when lemon juice is digested in the gut it is broken down into alkaloids that help you digest the acidic food most of us eat for breakfast.
Lemons are full of electrolytes. I feel fatigued and awful all day if I ever run out of lemons. Luckily here in California, they're available all year.
I have some Meyer seedlings that are 2 years old now. With patience, I'll be rolling in lemons.
My "yin and yang" cocktail: vodka, whiskey or gin with lemon juice and simple syrup to taste, add a dash of mint and orange peel for fanciness. Yum!
I love lemons!

Kati Patelaki
kathy P4 years ago

thanks for the tips. Cretans use lemons on almost every food. On french fries, on fried eggs and everything fried, all soups and add some to black tea as well.

Jacquelene S.
Jacquelene S4 years ago

Love, love, love lemons! I have a small potted lemon tree that produces lovely lemons! Roast a chicken on bed of herbs and lemons....awesome!

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey4 years ago

By the way, I drink a glass of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice daily.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey4 years ago

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