This vitamin is responsible for not only shortening the length of a cold, increasing iron absorption, producing collagen and lowering your risk of a stroke but it is also a great way to get vitamin C into your diet. This is because it can be used in cooking, desert making which I know we all love but it can also be added to drinks and body products.
Check out the 7 ways Lemons can benefit you.
1. Shorten a Cold
Lemons work by boosting the immune system, therefore shortening the duration of colds and flu. Try making lemon tea or hot lemon and honey drinks. Not only will the steam help to open your sinuses but the honey will help to sooth a sore throat. A simple recipe for this infusion is to add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp honey and 1/2 cup of hot water. Stir and drink 2-3 times a day.
2. Soothe a Cough
You can sooth a persistent cough with this great recipe. Combine 3tbsp of lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey and 2tbsp coconut oil. Warm all ingredients in a pan on the stove then store in the refrigerator when you are not using it. It will need to be warmed before each use as the coconut oil will solidify.
3. Repair Sun Damage
The vitamin C in lemons can be absorbed when applied topically, according to medical news today, a vitamin C lemon balm will help repair the damage done to your skin due to sunburn. Another method is to make a body butter by melting 6tbsp coconut oil and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter in a pan over a gentle heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and add 1tbsp vitamin E oil and 1/4tsp lemon essential oil. Let the butter harden, then whip to the desired consistency before placing into a sterile jar.
4. Exfoliate Your Skin
Since it is so good for your skin, you can make an exfoliating face wash with lemon. Heat 1 cup of coconut oil in a pan over a low head until it turns into a liquid state. Add 1tbsp baking soda, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of frankincense oil and 5 drops of lemon oil. Mix well and store in a jar until needed.
5. Soften Skin
You can also create beautiful bath bombs with lemon essential oils which will help to soften your skin as well as fight sun damage. To do this, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of epsom salts. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together then add 1 1/2 cups fractioned coconut oil, 1/2 tsp lemon essential oil and 1/2-1tbsp water. Use just enough water to make the mixture hold together and form balls. Press the mixture into a mould and let it dry for 24-48 hours. Once dry, store the bombs in airtight containers until needed.
6. Lose Weight
A common misconception is that lemon water will increase your metabolism and help you loose weight. The reality is that Lemon Water does not actually help you to loose weight. The reason why some may loose the extra weight while drinking lemon water is that it is replacing a drink that contains calories plus it acts as a detoxification fluid that helps to purge the body of toxins and may help with water retention.
7. Relieve Arthritis Pain
One of the latest trends is using lemon peel to help relieve arthritis pain but does it work? It is not listed among WebMD's alternative remedies and it does not appear on the mayo clinics website. The recipe for joint pain calls for the peel from 2 lemons and some eucalyptus leaves to be placed into a jar. The jar is then filled with olive oil so that the leaves are covered where they sit for 2 weeks. At the end of that time, put some oil on a gauze which are then placed onto the painful joint. Those who recommend this treatment say to use it at night to get maximum absorption. With lemon being such a great source of vitamin C, an easy way to boost collagen production which can help arthritis is to add it to your diet. You can make refreshing desserts and drinks, tasty teas and delightful lotions which will benefit you more but if you wish to give the lemon and eucalyptus balm treatment a try then you have nothing to loose.
If you plan on using any of these methods and recipes, you must make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed. LivingReiki Therapies cannot be held responsible if you use these recipes and have an adverse reaction.