The best way to improve your health is to eat a balanced diet. This means including citrus fruits as they are packed with vitamin C. According to Medical News Today, one lemon yields 44.5 mg of vitamin C.
This vitamin is responsible for shortening the length of a cold, fighting scurvy, increasing iron absorption, producing collagen and lowering the risk of a stroke. Check out the six ways lemons can benefit you.
1. Shorten a cold
To help boost your immune system and shorten a cold, try making lemon tea. The steam will help open the sinus cavities, and the honey will soothe your throat. Put 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 cup of hot water in a cup. Stir it and drink.
2. Soothe a cough
You can soothe a cough with this recipe, combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Warm in a pan on the stove. Store in the refrigerator when you’re not using it, but it will need to be warmed before each use as the coconut oil will solidify.
3. Repair sun damage
The vitamin C in lemon can be absorbed when applied topically and will help repair damage done to the skin by the sun. Get Inspired Everyday shares a lemon body butter recipe: Melt 6 tablespoons coconut oil and 1/4 cup cocoa butter in a pan on the stove; once melted, remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon essential oils. Let the butter harden, then whip to the desired consistency and put in a jar.
4. Exfoliate your skin
Because it’s so good for your skin, you can make an exfoliating face wash with lemon. Heat 1 cup coconut oil in a pan on the stove until it’s liquid. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 5 drops frankincense and 5 drops lemon essential oils. Mix well and store in a jar.
5. Relieve arthritis pain
One of the latest trends is using lemon peel to help relieve arthritis pain. Recipe for joint pain calls for the peel from two lemons and some eucalyptus leaves to be placed in a jar. Put enough olive oil over them to cover them and let them sit for two weeks. At the end of that time, put some of the oil on gauze and put the gauze on the painful joint. Those who recommend this treatment say to use it at night to get maximum absorption.
6.It aids digestion
Some people drink lemon water as a daily morning laxative to help prevent constipation. Drinking warm or hot lemon water when you wake up may help get your digestive system moving.
Ayurvedic medicine says the sour lemon taste helps stimulate your “agni.” In ayurvedic medicine, a strong agni jump-starts the digestive system, allowing you to digest food more easily and helping to prevent the buildup of toxins.