One of today’s #FridayReflections‘ prompt is – Reflect on the following quote: “I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” – Ron White

I’ve decided to cheat a bit and write about lemons – their benefits and share links to how you can use them, preserve them and salvage them! 😉

When Life Gives You Lemons Use Them

Lemons are known to have many curative properties. They contain  Vitamin C, citric acid,  pectin, calcium, limonene, bioflavonoids, calcium and magnesium  that make them antibacterial, immunity-boosting and antiviral. They’re also known to be good for weight loss, lemon juice is a good liver cleanser and digestive aid.

The juice of one lemon to a cup of hot water with honey drunk every two hours helps fevers and chills subside.

Repeated use of rosewater or honey water mixed with an equal part of lemon juice and applied with a cotton ball or finger and left on for half hour or so, is a good treatment for acne.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with  luke warm water makes a good rinse if you are suffering from mouth ulcers.  Rinse your mouth three times a day for the antibacterial properties of the lemons to kick in.

Lemon balm essential oil is known to help in increasing concentration and alertness. Sprinke a drop on your handkerchief and inhale for a perk up. Might be a great idea to use some as a room freshener too.

Drink the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water every few hours when you feel a cold coming on. Immune-boosting Vitamin C in a glass!

Gargle with a mixuture of the freshly squeezed juice of one lemon, a teaspoon of sea salt and a cup of lukewarm water, every two hours, when you have a sore throat.

I’m sure you’ve seen atheletes suck on a lemon. The reason? It’s great to fight fatigue. Drink a glass of lemon juice every few hours when you’re fatigued.

Seasoned travellers will add sliced lemon to their water bottles when they travel, as the lemon acts as an antispectic and reduces allergies to different kinds of water.

Sour breath after consuming alchohol or smoking cigarettes? A rinse of lemon juice and warm water makes a great mouth freshner.

Lemon juice is used to reduce rheumatic pains, heal eczema, reduce hypertension and reduce the affects of bug bites and in massages to reduce varicose viens.


healing properties of lemon

Here are some lemony links for you:

Daily Finance: 30 alternative uses for lemons

Tasting Table: 5 great lemon hacks

A lemon is a workhorse: It’s used more than almost any other citrus fruit for its juice, as a garnish, to provide sauces with a lift or to cut through rich, heavy dishes. And it can do more still. Check out these other uses for lemons to make the most of this cheery little fruit.

BBC : How to make preserved lemons

Fragrant, strongly flavoured preserved lemons are well worth the wait. You can use a tiny bit each time stirred through mashed potato to serve with fish, mixed into rice for prawn curry, or in a tagine for authentic Moroccan flavour. (Click on the link above to get the recipe).

Daily Finance: How to salvage lemons and use them for cleaning etc.

Do you have any more tips you can add?