If you are looking for different ways to use what you have, here are 14 different uses for Lemon … Lemon Hacks
Lemons are universally celebrated for their many uses in the world of beauty. See below for tips to look ones best, despite the harsh winter weather.
1. Heal dry skin. Cold winter winds can wreak havoc on your skin! Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and honey and apply on your face and neck. After 10 minutes rinse off with cold water. Lemon contains hydroxyl acid which is highly valued in many beauty products.
2. Lemons work wonders on chapped lips. As with the dry skin, chapped lips are hard to avoid in the colder months. Mix a teaspoon each of cream, lemon juice and honey and rub it on your lips. Use for a week and see your chapped lips disappear – naturally! You can even use sugar as an exfoliant on your lips! Just wet your lips, rub some sugar on them and rinse it off.
3. Revitalize dull or damaged hair. Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ½ cup raw honey, and 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Set aside. After shampooing your hair, towel dry and work the lemon juice mixture into your hair by combing it evenly throughout. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for ½ hour. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly.
4. Keep your breath nice and fresh. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue and swish it around in your mouth, swallowing the juice after a few swishes. This can lower the pH level inside your mouth and kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.
5. De-bloat with lemon and cucumber. Take 1 cucumber, 3 stalks of celery, ½ a lemon, 1 kale leaf and 1 green apple and blend in a juicer. This simple, natural juice helps to fight unsightly bloating (and ease abdominal discomfort in the process).
BONUS TIP: Make a Lemon Sugar Scrub!
Here is what you need:1 cup white sugar 1/4 cup Coconut oil Lemon Essential Oils Decorative JarDirections:
Place 1/4 c. coconut oil in a bowl with the 1 cup of sugar.
Mix until it becomes light & airy. (You can add more coconut oil if you need t0).
Add 12-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oils.
That’s it! You can keep it in an air-tight container or put it into a mason jar and give it as a gift.
Sprinkle a little lemon rind on top for decoration, before putting on the lid.
Your hands will feel AMAZING!
Lemons are an easily obtained, often overlooked asset to the running of any household. See below for tips on how to keep any home clean and lemon-y fresh in the New Year.
6. Lemons can keep your living space smelling fresh! Lemons work wonders to remove unpleasant odors. Throw a few lemon peels into the winter fire or boil them in water on the stove to fill your home with a fresh, citrus fragrance.
7. Make your own all-purpose cleaner. Add an equal amount of lemon juice and water to a spray bottle to create an effective kitchen and bathroom cleanser.
8. Keep the bugs at bay. When it’s cold outside, insects often seek refuge in the warmth of homes. For ants, spray lemon water where you see them appear. For spiders, place bits of fresh lemon peel strategically in dark corners or on windowsills. For insects attracted to clothing, push cloves into the peel of new lemon and dry in the sun. After 4-7 days, the lemon will be completely dry (depending on weather conditions) and becomes a natural insect repellent for wardrobes, cupboards, and suitcases.
9. Lemons add ambiance. Their cheerful yellow color adds a welcome splash of warmth into those cold January days. Place lemon slices in your flower vase and add water for a beautiful effect. You could even line a large vase with the lemon slices and then use a smaller vase inside for flowers.
PS- I use Lemon Essential Oils in our home with a diffuser- the smell is unlike ANY OTHER! It smells so fresh & clean- seriously!!
Health & Nutrition
Lemons are a staple for those who know that sometimes the best remedies are the simplest ones. See below for tips to battle the adverse effects that cold weather – and the ailments that go along with it – can have on the body.
10. January is the month of the detox. Straight lemon water is a great detoxifier for your body. Squeeze the juice from a lemon half in your water. Cut the lemon half in pieces and put in your water for extra flavor.
11. Germs abound this time of year. If you get a sore throat, add lemon juice to one cup of hot water and drink every couple of hours to help relieve a sore throat. (Hint – lemon water also increases production of white blood cells, thus fighting infections.)
12. Lemons can help lower your cholesterol after a season of holiday snacking. Mix a pinch of salt with warm lemon juice and drink daily.
13. Lemon juice is a handy weight loss tool. While no single food item is a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, adding lemon juice to a meal can reduce its rating on the glycemic index (GI). This can promote weight loss by keeping you full for longer, or by slightly reducing the amount of fat the body will store.
14. Homemade honey, lemon and ginger tea can turn the worst cold into yesterday’s news.Take 1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger, 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. honey. Put the ginger in a tea pot or medium bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over it and let it steep for 3 minutes. Place the lemon juice and honey in a large mug, and strain the ginger tea into the mug. Stir to dissolve the honey, and add honey or lemon (or whiskey, if you’re feeling old school) to taste.
Peach Duffy says
Whenever I need to squeeze lemons for juice I zest the skin first and freeze it.
Of course I freeze any extra juice in cube trays.
I then leave the used lemon on the sink until after dinner and run it thru the disposer to freshen it.
Before that I rub it on any brown spots!
I consider that 4 uses for the price of 1!!!
Becky (Your Modern Family) says
Christa Upton says
What a wonderful collection of ideas for uses of lemons!!! LOVE that many ideas are great substitutes for icky chemicals. 🙂 Thank you!!!
Becky (Your Modern Family) says
Thanks, Christa! 🙂
I have a question. In the recipe for the lip moisturizer (Mix a teaspoon each of cream, lemon juice and honey and rub it on your lips. Use for a week and see your chapped lips disappear – naturally!), what kind of cream do you mean? Thank you.
Becky (Your Modern Family) says
Lately, I’ve been using coconut oil & it is working great.
Cure dandruff, apply one tablespoon of lemon juice to your hair. Shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons of lemon juice and two cups of water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.
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