We are in love with the sunny faced lemons and by the time you finish reading this feature, you will be in love with it too! This fruit has uses beyond culinary and benefits beyond what you ever imagined. Right from skin to hair, you can use it as remedy for various problems. This fruit is full of sour and tangy juice which is a rich source of vitamin C. Though it is believed to have originated in Asia but today various breeds and variants of this plant are found across the world. It has also taken its rightful place in the kitchens of many around the world.
In this article we will discuss and introduce you to the wonder that lemon is!
Shake The Dandruff
Most of us have a thing for snowfall, but the one that takes place from your hair is at best an embarrassment! The flaky white shower in your hair is not only bothersome and itchy but is also stubborn. Take 1/4th bowl of warm mustard or coconut oil and add juice of one lemon in it. Mix thoroughly and apply on the scalp. Let it rest for an hour and wash off. You will have a sparkling, clean, fragrant and dandruff free hair.
Lemon has properties that enhance the flavours of desserts and savoury food items. Most of us use it in juices and salads as dressing. But try using it in the cakes and meat marinades, you will find that the flavour of spices becomes more robust. Apart from the juice, you may also try using the Lemon zest, which is the yellow part of the lemon peel. You can grate it and remember do not grate the white layer under the yellow peel otherwise you will end up with a bitter dish.
You must have experienced that the apples and bananas brown up right after you have cut them. No matter how fast you work, they take that tinge before you have had the opportunity to serve them. The solution is simple, add some lemon juice to them and they will continue to look fresh and beautiful like you just cut them. This tip can be used for all other fruits and vegetables as well that have a tendency to go brown.
Lemon is a great cleanser. It acts as a natural bleach and skin brightening agent. Take some lemon juice and add it to a spoon of honey. Apply this on your face and skin. The lemon will remove tan and lend an even tone to your skin whereas honey will cut down the acidity of the lemon and moisturize the skin. The deep cleansing property of lemon juice helps in clearing the clogged skin and thus fights acne and pimples.
Isn’t a glass of cold lemonade refreshes us immensely during summers? Well it is because lemon has cooling properties. It tends to rid the body of excess heat and therefore also recommended to be taken with mint when there is a major stomach upset. It also suppresses the bile from rising up and out of the mouth. Sun related allergies are also helped if lemon juice is consumed regularly.
Lemons are rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for maintaining gums and gum repair. Therefore, it is apparent that consumption of lime juice can play an important role in keeping the mouth clean and hygienic. You can add the juice to your salads and end the meal with 2-3 spoonful of the lemon infused salad . This will clean the mouth after the hearty meal. Alternatively dilute one part of your regular mouthwash with one part lemon juice and half part of water. Swish it around the mouth to keep it clean and making your breath fresh.
Oily surfaces and unkind stains on the kitchen slab and shelves are best tackled with lemon juice. It is acidic in nature and cuts through the oil like a dream. Mix one spoon of juice to the regular cleaner, immerse a wiping cloth in the mix for cleaning. After applying the juice, clean with a completely squeezed out wiping cloth and you will find that then oil has completely disappeared. For stains, rub undiluted lemon juice with a coarse wiping cloth.
Good Bye Odour
Lemon is not only a great cleanser but is also an effective deodoriser. You may have noticed how fridge smells stale when you keep onions, open yoghurt or such other strong smelling products in it. Or oven smelling of the food that you might have baked or heated in it. Cleaning the whole of fridge or even oven is not possible at such a short notice or without a lot of hard work. But with lemons right in your kitchen, there is no need to panic! Extract juice of 2-3 lemons and microwave them for about 5 minutes. Your oven will smell fresh like new. For fridge just keep it in the fridge regularly and you will find the odour disappearing gradually.
For A Healthy You
Lemon have numerous health benefits. They are known to control nausea and vomiting. Due to high water content in them, lemon juice is recommended for fighting water retention and improved kidney function. Many studies have found consumption of lemon juice in warm water with a spoon of honey effective in controlling the high blood pressure. Lemon tea is considered a great anti-oxidant and citric acid, Vitamin C, magnesium and flavanoids strengthen the body’s immunity. Apart from these, as mentioned earlier it can help you in maintaining a good oral hygiene as well.
Kick Fever And Flu
Lemon tea taken regularly during a bout of fever can help in controlling and reducing it. You can prepare a concoction of lemon juice and honey mixed in warm water. Take it every three hours or so until you have fever. Though studies haver remained inconclusive on its role in cold and flu, the fact remains that it does help in preventing them. Begin to sip on lemon juice or tea when you find the weather changing or incidences of flu rising; you might just avoid cough, cold or flu entirely.
By now you must be ready to use lemons for the condition you might be suffering from. Do try these tips and let the lemons make your life and health bright and sunny just like the colour on them!