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Lemons – The Multi-Purpose Fruit

Dr Akilah El Health Tips

Lemons are a great way to naturally aid your body in fighting infection and disease. Drinking a glass of lemon juice mixed with cold water and honey on an empty stomach in the morning can cleanse your body and prepare it for the day. Lemon juice, or fresh lemon, can indeed help detox the liver and the whole body.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. Lemon juice is about 5% (approximately 0.3 mole per liter) citric acid, which gives lemons a tart taste, and a pH of 2 to 3. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods out there, and can help restore balance to a body used to an acidic diet.

They are an excellent food for weight loss as well.  If you are looking for support to lose weight.

Lemon (Citrus limon) without peel

Vitamins and Minerals

Nutrition Value per 100 g

Percentage of RDA

Folates

11 mmg

3 %

Niacin

0.100 mg

1 %

Pantothenic acid

0.190 mg

4 %

Pyridoxine

0.080 mg

6 %

Riboflavin

0.020 mg

1.5 %

Thiamin

0.040 mg

3.5 %

Vitamin C

53 mg

88 %

Vitamin A

22 IU

1 %

Vitamin E

0.15 mg

1 %

Potassium

138 mg

3 %

Calcium

26 mg

3 %

Copper

37 mmg

4 %

Iron

0.60 mg

7.5 %

Magnesium

8 mg

2 %

Manganese

0.030 mg

1 %

Source: USDA National Nutrient data base

Health benefits

Lemon is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice and lemon peels are used in several beverages and meals. Even Publius Vergilius Maro, the great poet, praised its healing power of this sour fruit. In ancient Rome lemons were applied for detoxification and they also helped elder people relief their cough.

Some tips

  • One of the most important features of the lemon is its antiseptic effect. You can stop the bleeding of your gum if you put a piece of lemon peel over the wound.
  • You can eliminate bad breath by holding a piece of lemon peel in your mouth for some minutes.

Notes: Don’t forget to wash the lemons thoroughly if you liked to use their peel, because Citrus species are often sprayed with pesticides. Organic or home-grown lemons are the best choice if you have the opportunity to get to either of them.

Lemon is a Miracle of Nature

Lemon is a miracle of nature. According to Linus Pauling, who was an American chemist and won two Nobel prizes, eating 5-6 lemons per day is enough to prevent every illness. I myself squeeze a lemon every morning to make a lemonade. I also add some lemon juice to the bottle of water which I take along with me to the dance trainings. Fresh lemon juice brings you liveliness and gives you energy.

  • In case of sore throat, flu and tonsillitis, gargling with fresh lemon juice several times per day can relieve symptoms. Adults can add some pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy) and paprika to it as well.

It’s important to note that bottled lemon juice has nothing to do with fresh lemon juice. Natural vitamins are better for your health than synthetic ones. Fresh lemons contain a variety of phytochemicals and other agents which enhance the effect of vitamins. Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered vitamin C, also underlined the importance and effectiveness of natural vitamins.

Uses in Aromatherapy

Lemon oil which is extracted from the fresh lemon peel is frequently used in aromatherapy. It helps to be focused and it eases the feeling of being burdened by problems in life. It is also helpful in avoiding emotional burst out. It’s good to have a bottle of lemon oil at hand before important decisions as it affects the left brain which is responsible for rational thinking.

In aromatherapy lemon oil is a top note which means that it has an immediate apparent intense quality because of its fast evaporation rate. It is light, stimulating and energizing like most of the citrus oils.

Lemon for Natural Skin Care

Lemon is a natural skin lightener because of citric acid which is a bleaching agent. So don’t throw out the peels after squeezing lemons, because it makes your skin light and smooth. Apply them on your hands, elbows and heels. Of course, they doesn’t make a miracle over one night, so you should use them for several weeks to see the result. The lemon has a regenerating, toning effect in skin care products – face masks, gels and creams. It smoothens the wrinkles, refreshes and lightens the skin and tightens the pores.

Lemon juice is said to be good for blackheads as well. To tell you the truth, I have not tried this method yet.

It is used in natural hair treatment as well.

  • If you want to lighten your blonde hair, rinse your hair with the mixture of water and lemon juice.This liquid is good for oily hair too.
  • The lemon juice is good for dandruff and an itchy scalp if mix it with egg white and apply it to your scalp. (Egg white has a drying effect.)
  • If your hair is dry and damaged, you can treat it with a homemade hair mask by combining olive oil, honey and lemon juice.

Notes: Don’t apply lemon juice directly on your skin because it can get irritated due to citric acid. It’s recommended to dilute it with water. Citric acid can also make your skin photosensitive so avoid the sun in case of extensive use.

Selecting and storing lemons
The best lemons are those that have smooth, oily skins and are heavy for their size. They should be bright yellow with no green tinges. Lemons will keep for up to a week at room temperature, two to three weeks refrigerated. Lemon zest (peel) can be frozen for months.

Juicing lemons
To get the most juice from a lemon, it should be allowed to reach room temperature, or microwaved for a few seconds prior to juicing. Using your palm to roll the lemon on a hard surface can also help improve juice yields. If you only need a little juice, some people pierce the end with a fork, squeeze the amount needed, cover the holes with tape and then store in the fridge.

There’s so much more to lemons than just using them in cooking and making lemonade! Here’s a selection of handy tips. Remember to test in inconspicuous areas first.

Ant deterrent
Pouring lemon juice around areas that ants frequent is said to repel them.

Air freshener
An equal amount of lemon juice and water added to an atomizer will create a wonderful synthetic chemical-free green air freshener for your home.

Dr Akilah El's Health TipsAll purpose cleaner
Again, an equal amount of lemon juice and water added to a spray bottle is an effective kitchen and bathroom cleaner and can also be used on walls (spot test first).

A small amount of lemon juice can also be added to vinegar based cleaning solutions to help neutralize the smell of the vinegar.

Another all-purpose cleaning solution: combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.

Fridge
Half a lemon stored in your fridge will help control and eliminate unpleasant smells.

Chrome/copper/brass
Rub a lemon juice and baking soda paste onto chrome or copper, rinse and then wipe/buff with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Toilet
Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner that will leave it smelling extra clean!

Lime scale
Use a half lemon to clean the lime scale off a sink or taps/faucets; rinse well.

Laundry
For bleaching purposes, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry.
A teaspoon of lemon juice thrown into your wash can also help your clothes to smell fresher.

Dishes
A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power

Drains
Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.
If you have a garbage disposal unit, throw in some lemon peel from time to time while it’s working in order to keep it smelling fresh.

Chopping boards
Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining nasties and neutralize odors.

Glass and mirrors
4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.

Degreaser
Straight lemon juice can be used as a general degreaser

Furniture
2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice makes for an excellent furniture polish!

Cuts, stings and itches
A small amount of lemon juice pour onto minor wounds can help stop bleeding and disinfect the injury (it will sting a bit). Lemon juice applied to itches, poison ivy rashes and wasp stings is said to relieve discomfort.

Hands
The smell of fish can linger on your hands, even after scrubbing with soap – rubbing your hands with lemon juice will neutralize the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful.

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