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Household uses and health benefits of lemons

Jan 18, 2010

The lemon tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit plants originated from India. Today, lemon trees grow in subtropical climates all over the world. Though the fruit and its juice have a sour taste to it, lemon is actually a fantastic buffer in the body and can reduce hyperacidity in the stomach. Lemon juice and peels have an antiseptic effect and the leaves of the tree are used to reduce fever. In addition, lemons are rich in vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and acting as an antitoxin, protects cells from radical damage.


Infusions from lemon leaves,

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3 tsp. of dried leaves and allow to steep for ten minutes. To reduce fever and relieve cramps, drink up to 2 cups per day.

Sweetened with honey, this tea helps coughs and asthma.

It is also a cure for insomnia. It promotes relaxation and deep sleep. Drink 1 cup before retiring at night.

Lemon Peels,

Relief from joint and nerve pains

the fragrant volatile oils found in the peel help relax blood vessels and produce an anti-inflammatory effect.

Grate the peel from one lemon, being careful to get only the yellow layer and none of the white pith underneath. Rub the grated peel into the affected body part and wrap with a bandage. (Cotton prefer) Keep in place for one to two hours.

Lemon Juice,

Soothing sunburns

using cotton balls gently apply diluted lemon juice to sunburned skin. The juice acts as an astringent, relieving the pain.

Lemon Juice,

Emergency Disinfectant

lemon juice can disinfect minor wounds or lesions in the mouth and throat. (Such as canker sores)

Apply diluted juice to affected areas or gargle several times a day.

The Lemon and the Juice,

Alleviate sore throat and hoarseness

Squeeze one lemon and dilute the juice with 1 cup of hot water. Gargle three times a day with the juice.

Lemon Juice and Water,

Stop a nosebleed

Dribble a small amount of diluted lemon juice on a cotton ball and dab it repeatedly onto the nasal mucous membrane. The lemon's astringent effect draws the body tissues together.


In the Kitchen

Prevent potatoes from turning brown

Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling, especially when you're having company for dinner. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.

Freshen the fridge

Remove refrigerator odours with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell

Brighten dull aluminium

Make those dull pots and pans sparkle, inside and out. Just rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them and buff with a soft cloth.

Keep rice from sticking

To keep your rice from sticking together in a gloppy mass, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water when cooking. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.

Refresh cutting boards

No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and chicken, and pre-pare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

Keep insects out of the kitchen

You don't need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren't welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 litres) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.


Eliminate fireplace odour

There's nothing cosier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.

Make a room scent/humidifier

Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enamelled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.

Deodorize a humidifier

When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odour but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odour from returning.



People generally have the erroneous assumption about the use of lemons juice as a medicine in diseases. Its healing properties are not recognized by common man who considers it just a cool drink to quench thirst during summer or to be used in pickles. It is actually destroyed.


Its place in nature cure treatment is unquestionable. The day for the patient under nature cure begins with the juice of lemon in almost any disease. This is because cleansing is of top most priority in nature cure and lemon carries out this task remarkably.

When we eat acid forming food, the lack of alkaline substance causes erosion on the stomach wall. Regular use of lemon neutralizes the acid-alkaline level.

A glass of warm water added with lemon juice is a wonderful medicine for all stomach disorders. This elixir must be taken sip by sip and each sip must be retained in the mouth for at least one full minute before swallowing.

People often hesitate to use lemon when suffering from cold and cough fearing that it would increase the cold or produce acid in the stomach. Far from this misconception, lemon instead does the reverse when properly understood and used.

The antibacterial qualities of lemon destroy bacteria within a few minutes. Hence it is useful in common colds, infections of tonsils, adenoids and in almost any respiratory disorder including asthma. It reduces inflammation and freshens the mouth from foul breath when used as a gargle or rinse, due to its antiseptic qualities.

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