Choosing natural remedies is very important to a lot of people, especially parents trying to keep their children safe and healthy without using a lot of medicine. Lemon juice, while very sour, is very easy to come by and actually has a lot of uses that may be beneficial to you.
Prevents Kidney Stones
As a wife to a man who has had almost 20 kidney stones over the past 15 years, this is a great thing to know! Drinking a half cup of lemon juice daily can help protect against kidney stones that are composed of calcium.
Sore Throat Soother
Mixed with honey, lemon juice can help alleviate a sore throat. It is also super high in Vitamin C, so it supports your immune system too!
Research has shown that the scent of lemon oil can actually improve your concentration and increase alertness. If you don’t have an oil diffuser, you can also boil lemon juice mixed with water on your stove to send the aroma into your home.
Helps Make Your Skin Look Beautiful
With it’s natural antibacterial makeup, lemon juice can actually help prevent those nasty breakouts and help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. You may feel silly slicing a lemon to rub it on your face, but you won’t look silly when your skin brightens and clears up! The Dr. Oz Show shares a great recipe for a face mask: combine one cup of milk, two teaspoons of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of brandy.
If you are experiencing stomach pain or constipation, lemon juice is a great option to relieve you. It’s antibacterial makeup also aids your stomach in digestion. Dr. Oz does it again with a recipe to help aid in digestive health. Mix together thoroughly one cup of hot water, 1/4 lemon, and one teaspoon of ground flax seed and drink up! The taste is a small price to pay for the relief you will experience.
Detoxifies Your Body
Every day we consume toxins whether through eating, breathing, or through our skin. It definitely feels good to know that we have a natural way to get that junk out of our bodies. Toxins can cause us to be moody, lack in performance, and can really damage our health. You can fight this by filling an 8 ounce glass with warm water and adding half a lemon’s juice to it. Stir it up and drink it down to experience a daily detox.
Aids in Weight Loss
With all the weight loss methods on the market today, it’s definitely hard to trust the validity of them all. Lemon juice, however, won’t let you down! Loaded with an ingredient called pectin fiber, those nasty sugar cravings can be curbed by just adding some to your water each day. You’re welcome!
While you’re out on your next grocery store run, make sure you grab some firm lemons from the produce section (avoid wrinkles as this means they have over ripened), and store them effectively. On your counter, you can keep lemons fresh for just a week as long as they are room temperature and not exposed to sunlight. However, you can keep them fresh in the refrigerator for four weeks! If you prefer the easiest route, go ahead and squeeze the juice from your lemons and freeze them as long as you want.3