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When Life Gives You Lemons Use Them

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:

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).


Do you have any more tips you can add? 


  1. Debbie Debbie August 26, 2015

    Last year, I went to Poland and there is a big habit to drink water with lemon.
    I brought it back home and I cannot live without it. 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 26, 2015

      Interesting, Debbie! I’ve seen a lot of Americans doing this in India too.

  2. Suzy Suzy August 23, 2015

    Nimboo pani is such a refreshing drink I love it. And a warm lemon and honey drink does help those coughs and colds. Nice post.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 23, 2015

      Nimbu pani is my all time favourite drink too, Suzy. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Mackenzie Glanville Mackenzie Glanville August 23, 2015

    I just picked 22 lemons off my tree! So this post came at the perfect time!! Thanks for linking up #Fridayrflections

  4. Cathy Cathy August 23, 2015

    I knew lemons are versatile, but learned a lot of new uses reading this. I’ve used lemons in water for years! Great tips Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 23, 2015

      There’s a lot I found out when researching for this post, Cathy!

  5. SaltyBug SaltyBug August 22, 2015

    Great post, I too love lemons for all their magical ways! I just made a fresh batch of pickled lemons yesterday and I cannot live without them.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Glad you liked it, Salty. Wondering how you pickle them. In India, our lime pickles are really spicy and preserved in oil and salt!

  6. Roshan R Roshan R August 22, 2015

    Okay, I will be honest. I did not know even half of these benefits! 😀 Am “Pocket”ing this article for future reads and reference…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Yes, whoever thought there’d be so much goodness packed into a small package!

  7. Sue Sue August 22, 2015

    Great take on the word prompt Corinne. I love the fresh smell of lemons, lemon in warm water every morning and also in cold water. I have picked up a few more tips from your post thank you !

  8. Beat About the Book Beat About the Book August 22, 2015

    Lots of ideas in your post Corinne that I could use. I am already a lemon fan. I begin my morning with it, love lemon pickle too. But I had no idea it had so many health benefits.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Lemon pickle is delish! Glad you found the information useful!

  9. Parul Parul August 22, 2015

    Those are some fabulous tips! I am going to use lemon more. For now – I just use in a few of my recipes, my lemon-honey tea or the tulsi tea that I am fond of! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Lemon tea is fab too, Parul. Enjoy a lovely, lemony weekend! 🙂

  10. Paula R Paula R August 22, 2015

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. #MidLifeLuv

  11. MB MB August 21, 2015

    Although I cannot ingest a lot of lemon or citrus because I tend to have bouts with acid reflux, I definitely feel better and more energized just by smelling anything lemon.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Oh, yes! The acidity wouldn’t suit you at all. I love my lemon scented soaps!
      Thanks for your visit, MB. 🙂

  12. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg August 21, 2015

    That’s a very interesting quote. I must find somebody with vodka! 😀
    Lemon is a miracle, it has so many health benefits. Thanks for sharing some lemony tips 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      We can get together and have some, Shilpa! 😉 Glad you liked the twist of lemons!

  13. Carol Graham Carol Graham August 21, 2015

    I’m a big fan of lemons and use them in my water to keep my voice fresh and clear when speaking publicly.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Ah that’s good to know, Carol. You’ve been on my mind – and perhaps, you know why! 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

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