Lemons give certain dishes and beverages that distinct sour, yet refreshing taste. We associate the smell with purity and cleanliness since so many cleaning products and/or candles are scented with lemon. But the power of the lemon goes far beyond those simple uses; they can even help fight colds!
1. Breathing problems
If you’re suffering from asthma, a summer cold, or allergies, regularly inhaling the fumes of lemon juice can be very beneficial. You can even cut a fresh lemon and leave slices in your bedroom overnight. You should notice how much easier it is to breathe the next morning.
2. Nail and hair care
If you’re a smoker or regularly wear dark nail polish without an undercoat, your nails may start turning yellow. Lemons can help counteract that. Cut a fresh lemon in half and rub it on your nails to get rid of any yellowing. Lemon juice is also a good way to prevent nail fungus and brittle nails. Likewise, washing your hair with lemon juice doesn’t just naturally lighten it, it also gives in a healthy, shiny coat.
3. Itchy, flaky, or dry scalp
Lemons are a favorite home remedy to treat a red or itchy scalp. Simply mix freshly-squeezed lemon juice with water and massage it into your head. Let it soak for 5 minutes before washing your hair with a mild shampoo. If you have really serious dandruff, you won’t need to dilute the juice with water.
4. Rough elbows or knees
Nearly everyone has experienced dry, cracked elbows and knees at some point. Lemon can help with that! Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it on the rough skin – you should be back to smooth in no time!
5. Bad breath
Did you just discover you have bad breath, but don’t have gum or a toothbrush handy? Try drinking lemon water. Just add a few squeezes of lemon to your water and you’ll be refreshed.
Small nicks or cuts, or even insect bites, can be treated with lemon juice. Lemon juice slows blood flow and has disinfecting properties, both of which will help your cut heal faster. Simply put a few drops of lemon juice on your fresh wound.
7. Mouth or throat inflammation
Sore throats and painful sores in your mouth will disappear in no time if you gurgle lemon water several times a day.
8. Bad mood or difficultly concentrating
Did you know that lemon essential oil is known to have energizing properties and can boost your mood? Try putting a few drops in a bowl filled with water and let it sit in your room. You’ll notice that you are more able to concentrate and will feel less tired – great!
Adding a few drops of lemon juice to your coffee can help erase light headaches.
10. Digestive problems
Lemon juice is also good for dealing with acid reflux, light stomachaches, or that uncomfortable full feeling. The juice works to neutralize excess stomach acid; just add a few drops to your water or herbal tea after a meal.
11. Weight loss
Support your diet efforts by drinking a glass of lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. This will work to stimulate your metabolism.
12. Osteoporosis or arthritis
If you’re unable to have milk or milk products, lemons can be a good alternative to preventing osteoporosis (brittle bones). Lemon juice helps your body absorb calcium more effectively. A recent study also showed that lemons likewise lessen the progression of arthritis.
13. Lines and wrinkles
Since lemons contain loads of antioxidants, regularly eating them is like drinking from the fountain of youth! Lemons lessen the first signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles.
Lemons are so versatile; from wounds to beauty, they do it all! That being said, it’s important to mention you should never consume large amounts of lemon juice undiluted by water, because the high acid content can burn your skin and even your insides.