Does your tongue curl and saliva start accumulating at the back of your mouth just thinking of biting into a tangy lemon? Don’t blame you, it’s a natural reaction and happens to us all!
However, the juicy zesty mighty lemon is known for an amazing array of benefits, for health and home, and is one to always have in your house. It’s worth braving the zest - just think of all the yummy treats you can make…..lemon tart, lemonade, lemon meringue, lemon cream, marmalade, lemon tea, lemon cleaning products….the list goes on!
Lemons are known to have high levels of potassium, low amounts of calories, be an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C. We can use lemon in so many ways, for cooking, cleaning but most of all, it can help us stay in optimal health.
Lemons and lemon juice are well known for their beautiful zesty fresh uplifting smell, as well as the many health benefits they provide even though lemon juice only has pH 2-3. For this purpose, often mixed with orange essential oil, it is used in diffusers, cleaning products etc.
If you have a lemon tree in your garden - lucky you! Keep it healthy and you yourself will benefit from its glory. If not, find out today where your nearest fresh fruit market is, so you can stock up on these yellow zesty beauties!
The 4 core natural cleaning products I would recommend for doing anything are lemon, vinegar, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and baking soda. With these wonder products, you can practically do any job, without the harsh and harmful, not to mention costly chemicals on the market today!
Add in honey, yogurt, olive/ jojoba/ rosehip/ argan or other base oils, as well as essential oils of choice, and you’ve got a mighty set of beauty products at your fingertips. Be playful and try different combinations. There is no right or wrong, and the beauty of natural products is - they can’t harm you!
Even if lemon juice is considered highly acidic, it is the effect the consumed liquid has on your body internally, more specifically your blood pH, which is the reason why consuming this acidic ingredient is so beneficial. That and the flavour, it’s so yummy I could not consider a life without it! Lemonade anyone?
I will go on to describing some of the many benefits of using lemons in your diet, but would like to mention 1 key reason for using lemon juice and baking soda together - the combination of lemon and baking soda claims to have a10,000 times stronger effecton your body than chemotherapy and certain cancer drugs!
Simply outstanding. Something so simple, is proven by numerous studies to outdo the effect of any cancer treatment, it contains flavonoids which have anti-cancer properties that will not harm the body.
It has been tested and proved to destroy cancer cells in 12 different types of cancer, as well as prevent metastasis of cancer cells. Another benefit of adding baking soda to lemon water, is it not only makes the combination more powerful, but it also restores the pH to a normal level. Mother Nature is awesome.
Check out our previous blog post for an awesomeMorning Booster Shot recipeto help you get into this healthy habit and make it part of your morning ritual.
Some of lemons many other abilities lie in a strong power to:
TREAT: cysts and tumors and bacterial and fungal infections with its potent antimicrobial abilities
PREVENT: indigestion & constipation, obesity by boosting weight loss and reducing calorie intake, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatism, and assist with fever in lowering body temperature
HELP: with dental problems, to stay calm and cool when made into lemonade, prevent stains on clothing when used as a washing agent
PROVIDE: protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis, a useful treatment for kidney stones, nourishment to the body through providing vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid,copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein
Other benefits include:
• Effectively fight internal parasites and throat infections • Benefit the nervous system and anxiety • Soothe burns • Regulate blood pressure • Strengthen your immune system • Give relief from canker sores and gum disorders • Remove gall stones when drinking lemon juice with olive oil • Cleanse your stomach (it is considered a blood purifier) • Assist an internal bleeding • Work as a powerful antidepressant • Reduce stress and calms nerves • Improve skin, hair & teeth • Repel mosquitoes
Now you know why we’re eager to share this with you. Next time, when you see that yellow citrus friend on the market, grab some and take advantage of its wonderful benefits.