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Friday Feature - Lemons

Anyone else start the day with hot lemon water? At first I thought this was a mad idea, and now I totally notice a difference when I don't do it. In fact, often if I have been out for dinner, or feel a bit bloated this is my go to drink and it always makes me feel great.

The health benefits of lemons include treatment of indigestion, constipation, dental problems, throat infections, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera, and high blood pressure, and as an added bonus it also benefits your hair and skin.

Known for its therapeutic property for hundreds of years lemons help to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and are considered a blood purifier .Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is well known as a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes, and lowering body temperature.

Treats Indigestion

Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon to your dish , and it will aid in digestion. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt) and honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Treats Fever

Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care

It is also frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

Hair Care

Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If you apply this juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care

Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburns and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking its juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin.

Cures Burns

Using lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since it is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Soothes Respiratory Disorders

Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders as well.

I use lemons A LOT in cooking, often squeezing the juice onto veggies and salad, it is so refreshing and really sharpens the flavour of the dish. I LOVE the coconut lemon energy balls by Bounce - but avoid them now because of the Whey Protein in them (nothing wrong with Whey it just doesn't like me too much!) I will be trying to re-create these this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for a new recipe!

When life gives you lemons..... what do you do?!

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