Hey y’all! Can you believe Easter is this weekend? It’s amazing how quickly this season has come up, and spring in Alabama is in full force. The trees and grass are green, flowers are starting to bloom, the UV index is high, and pollen is EVERYWHERE. I don’t know about you, but this time of year I am ready to start over new with just about everything. I am already gearing up for the spring cleaning mood, as I am becoming antsy to want to eliminate clutter and clean the house from top to bottom, I want to use my favorite seasonal scent, and I want to switch up my skincare routine. I often switch my mindset from being “100% natural and chemical free” to “give me something that can peel asphalt” depending on what the situation is, but one thing that stays constant is the ability to use one fruit that can take care of cleaning, scenting the room, easing my pollen allergy symptoms, and being an effective skincare agent. This magical fruit would be the lemon, of course!
Lemons for cleaning and scenting the home
Lemons won’t actually help get rid of clutter, but they are fantastic to use as or in cleaning solutions. You can use lemons to clean in the following ways:
- Use lemon juice (and salt for a little elbow grease) to remove limescale buildup from water fixtures.
- Run lemon peels through the garbage disposal to neutralize and remove odors
- Fill a microwave safe bowl with 1 cup of water and the juice of 1 medium lemon (or 3 tbsp of lemon juice). Run the microwave on high for 3-5 minutes and let sit with the door closed for several minutes to allow the steam to loosen up the gunk that has built up
- Combine lemon juice and olive oil for your own DIY furniture polish
- Boil thin sliced lemons in a pot of water, add stained or dingy whites and sit for at least an hour before running through the wash cycle. Do NOT use colors, as lemons will bleach them out
- Boil sliced lemons in a pot on the stove to freshen the scent in the kitchen
- Diffuse lemon essential oil throughout the home to freshen and uplift mood
Lemons for general health
Lemons are acidic when utilized outside of the body, but they are alkaline once they have been metabolized. The alkalinity within the body contributes to a host of benefits, especially since the typical American diet is high in acidity (and that leads to a host of health and skin issues). A whole, raw lemon contains about 139% of the RDA of Vitamin C, and several other vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, manganese, and B6.
- Vitamin C content of lemons assists the body’s immune system fight off infections from pathogens and allergy complications
- Sore throats can be soothed by drinking fresh lemon juice in a cup of warm water
- Lemon water stimulates both the liver and the digestive tract. This helps the liver metabolize, and more effectively filter uric acid and other poisons so they can be eliminated from the body. It helps stimulate the digestive system to remove waste to assist with regularity.
- Make sure you take a bag of lemons on your next cruise because, you know, scurvy
- Citric acid in lemons could help dissolve kidney stones
- Drinking lemon water throughout the day helps to energize the body, keep it cool, and flush toxins
- Use the juice of a couple of lemons with olive oil to make a salad dressing without chemical preservatives.
- You can also use lemon juice and olive oil as a shot to relieve constipation… if you don’t gag drinking it
- Lemons are actually a decent source of potassium, which is a vital electrolyte needed for heart health
- Lemons also have a decent amount of Vitamin B6, which could be why drinking warm lemon water helps assist expectant mothers with morning sickness – or anyone suffering from the horrible super stomach virus going around
Lemons in skin care and beauty treatments
Vitamin C is a popular ingredient in several beauty products now, and the high amount of it in lemons make it useful as a DIY product.
- The Vitamin C content of lemons helps the body produce collagen, which is needed to keep skin supple and smooth, and helps keep connective tissues, blood vessels, and your eyes healthy and strong
- Lemon juice and/or lemon essential oil can be used on the skin for brightening
- Lemon juice and/or lemon essential oil, baking soda, and a little bit of olive oil can be used as a facial exfoliant (be careful if you have sensitive skin as it could burn or irritate if you use too much)
- Acne can be treated by using a couple of drops of lemon essential oil, tea tree oil, and witch hazel or rose water on a cotton pad as a facial wipe
- Olive oil and lemon oil or juice can be used as a nail conditioner after harsh manicures, or for dry nails
- You can use lemon juice as a DYI “Sun In” before sun exposure
- Lemon water helps hydrate the body, which keeps skin moisturized, glowing, and non-wrinkly
So there you go, there’s a few ways lemons can be used over several applications. Do you use lemons in these ways? Do you use lemons for other things? Let me know in the comments!