6/16/2008

The Unassuming Lemons

Think of the fruit lemon - what comes to your mind immediately? - freshness? That's right?! But why is that so?

Don't underestimate the power of this sour fruit! It is actually a fantastic buffer in the body and can reduce hyper acidity in the stomach. Lemon juice and peels have an antiseptic effect and the leaves of the tree are used to reduce fever. In addition, lemons are rich in vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and acting as an antioxidant, protects cells from radical damage.

Lemons as a therapeutic usage helps anti-inflammatory
action. It helps the body cleanse itself by promoting perspiration and acting as a natural diuretic. Lemons also stimulate the appetite, aids digestion, strengthens body defense system, relieves cramps and also dilates the blood vessels in the skin.

Lemons are known for useful remedies for gout
, urine retention, arthritis, vitamin C deficiency, inflammation of the mouth and throat, hoarseness, digestive disorder, asthma, nervousness, insomnia, heart palpitations and helps the system with diseases of the stomach, liver and intestines.

Not bad at all, huh? But that's not all, lemons could also be useful if you keep them at home...it helps you to maintain your beauty - I'm not kidding!

Lemon for complexion:-
Lemon contains enzymes which help to cleanse the skin of dead cells. Sprinkling a little alum on a lemon half and rubbing the mixture on your face helps tremendously to refresh and tone the skin. It also acts as a quick pick-me-up after a long pollution filled day.

Lemon for smooth skin
Mash an over-ripe banana and mix it with a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Apply on face and hands to keep the skin clear and smooth. Mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and one fourth of a teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub this into the hands, elbows, heels and any area that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with water.

Lemon as natural bleach
Mix equal proportions of tomato juice, lemon juice and milk and apply on face and body. Lemon as a skin tonic.

So what do you think? For me, I have never looked at lemons the same way again after I did my research!




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