6 Healthy Reasons To Love Lemons

When life hands you lemons, it's time to get healthy! Pucker up and see all the great things this sunny citrus can do.

Lemons not only make a great glass of lemonade but they naturally contain valuable health and beauty aide properties as well.

According to Phyllis Balch, C.N.C., author of Prescription for Cooking and Dietary Wellness, “No drink can compare with the valuable properties, internally or externally. [Lemon water] promotes healing.”

Lemons: The Ultimate Detoxifier

Balch also confirms that lemons help detox and cleanse the bloodstream and liver, reduce inflammation, treat colds, influenza, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, indigestion, heartburn, scurvy, fevers, and rheumatism. They are a wonderful liver stimulant and a solvent for uric acid (gout relief) and other toxins.

Natural Lemon Remedies

Try one or all of these natural lemon remedies:

  1. Liver Flush, Blood Purifier, Immunity Boost — Drink the juice of one lemon in a cup of warm water each morning. (Lemon juice should not be consumed if you have an ulcer).
  2. Acne Treatment — After washing the face to remove oils, pat the face with lemon juice three times a day.
  3. Cough Suppressant — Mix lemon juice and honey in a small glass jar. Take a tablespoon as needed.
  4. Hand Cleaner, Softener, and Odor Remover — To cleanse and soften the hands after washing dishes, or to remove vegetable stains, such as beet stains, rub hands well with lemon juice. It will also remove strong odors such as onions and fish from the hands.
  5. Heartburn Relief — Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to half a glass of water and drink.
  6. Sore Throat Gargle — Combine equal amounts of lemon juice and tepid water. Gargle and spit.

And what are lemons without lemonade? Here’s a classic recipe!

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.

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