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The Joy of Lemons

by Trish Whitehead on February 2 2018
manhattanbabe.com
Lemon juice is a wonder fruit with many health and beauty benefits

This pretty tart fruit has so many health benefits.   Buy a bag of lemons, and try the suggestions below.  I guarantee that you will soon see and feel the benefits of incorporating lemons into your regular health and beauty routine.

Lemons Help Maintain Digestive health and Weight Management

The biggest lemon water benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Lemons contain Vitamin C… not a spectacularly high amount, but 30-50 mg per lemon. They also contain potassium.

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives the body a chance to absorb these vitamins effectively and can provide a little immune boost.

Vitamin C is also good for the adrenals and can potentially help reduce the affects of stress.

There is evidence that drinking water, especially lemon water, first thing in the morning can help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers in Germany found that drinking enough water increased metabolism:

Lemons  help maintain clear, healthy skin

Lemons are filled with AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells and help clear up problem skin, In addition, lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production,  Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.  Here just a few ways you can incorporate lemons into your beauty and health routine.

Lemon Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of  lemon. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.

Clarifying Lemon Honey face Mask : Mix lemon with raw honey to make a wonderful homemade face mask that will make your skin feeling clean fresh and moisturized. Here’s a great facial mask for problem and dry skin:

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey and half a squeezed lemon in to a bowl and apply all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Let mask set for 15-30 minutes. Wash away with warm water, Followed by cold water to close your pores. Pat gently with a towel to dry. This mask works best if you steam open your pores first, either in the shower, or bysteaming your face over a pot of cooling hot water.

Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.

Cleansing wipes: “I like to mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. I recommend it as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin,” says Becky Sturm, founder of StormSister Spatique.

Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It’s way cheaper than going to your dentist’s office.

Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.

Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: “Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this,” says Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist.

Nail strengthener: Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Prepare a nail soak with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Slightly heat the solution in the microwave and then soak your nails in it for 10 minutes. Follow this remedy daily. You can also rub a slice of lemon on your nails for 5 minutes, then rinse them with warm water.

 Lightener: Score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. The lemon juice can also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff, so apply it liberally.

 

 


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