Lemons

When life gives you lemons…the many uses for the humble lemon

I love lemons! I love the smell, the happy yellow colour, the health benefits, the many uses and the fact that I can easily grow them or grab them cheap from the local grocer. A little ball of yellow happiness! We use lemons every single day in our home. Below are some of the many uses for the humble lemon that I think you will LOVE! Ooooohhhhh, there’s just so much yellowy happiness in this post. Lemon-yay!

CLEANING

  • Leave a quarter or half lemon in the fridge door to keep the fridge smelling fresh. You can also dab a few areas of the fridge with lemon juice to get an extra fresh scent
  • Place lemon peels underneath garbage bags for a fresh scent. Discard and replace each week
  • Deodorise and santise chopping boards and rolling pins by washing and then rubbing with half a lemon
  • Washing or spraying fruit and veggies with a little lemon and water removes pesticides and chemicals
  • Add half a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle for brighter whites and gorgeously scented clothes and towelsCredit & Image Courtesy of: www.shareology.net/top-lemon-cleaning-life-hacks/
  • Armpit stains are the pits! Remove by rubbing the area with water and lemon before washing
  • Make a paste of lemon juice and bi-carb, rub over sink, leave for a few minutes, rinse well with warm water and then dry and polish
  • Easily clean cheese graters by rubbing with half a lemon before washing
  • Mildew on clothes can be removed by applying a paste of lemon juice and salt and then being left to air-dry
  • Mix up a bottle of water and lemon juice and spray in any ant or bug prone areas
  • Soak plastic food containers for at least an hour in water and lemon to remove old stains and odours

HEALTH & BEAUTY

  • Pimples, acne or cold sores? Drinking fresh lemon juice in water will help your skin a lot due to the vitamin C, anti-bacterial and hydration properties of the lemon. In addition, dabbing a little diluted lemon juice onto the pimples or acne can help. Be careful though as this can sting, causes flakiness in dry skin and can lighten the area. Always do a little patch test first. 🙂
  • If you feel a cold or flu coming on, up your intake of lemons as they are packed with vitamin C and have antibacterial properties.Credit & Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiK08zaNucA
  • Wanting to lose a little weight? Lemon juice is a natural diuretic which aids in weight loss, plus it helps the body to flush out toxins and waste. WINNING!
  • Lemon is great for lowering blood pressure due to its potassium content
  • Manage nausea or dizziness by smelling some fresh lemon or lemon oil
  • Make a gorgeous, easy moisturising face mask by mixing the juice of one lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil. Apply to face with clean finger tips and leave for 10-15 minutes. To remove, wipe with damp face cloth or cotton balls.
  • Depression and fatigue. The smell of lemon has been shown to lift mood and reduce fatigue. Even just looking at a happy little yellow lemon will lift spiritsCredit: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/678636237571654645/
  • Drinking lemon tea and or rubbing a little lemon juice into the temples is a great headache reliever
  •  Massage in a few tablespoons of lemon juice, leave for  minute and then rinse well.
  • Lighten hair naturally by adding a mixture of lemon and water (3/4 water, 1/4 lemon juice) to your hair and enjoying some sunshine
  • Rub a little lemon juice on a sore tooth to relieve the pain and to provide some antibacterial treatment
  • Feeling a little crafty and clever? Then try your hand at making your own lemon soap! Credit, image & recipe: https://apumpkinandaprincess.com/homemade-lemon-soap-mothers-day-gift-ideas/
  • Out of deodorant or trying to go more natural? Dab a little lemon juice under your armpits (just don’t do right after shaving or waxing. Ouch!)
  • Clean and whiten nails by soaking hands and feet into a bowl of warm water and a squeezed lemon for a few minutes. When finished just rinse and dry. Gorgeous!
  • If you have a cat, place a bowl of lemon peels and slices near the litter tray to freshen the area and deodorise
  • To clean your microwave, fill a microwave proof bowl with water, the juice of one lemon and some lemon slices and microwave for 3 minutes. The microwave will be so easy then to wipe down and will smell divine
  • Apply some lemon juice to itchy bites to reduce the itch and redness

 

FOOD & DRINK

  • Drink. Squeeze half of a lemon into a glass of water (ideally lukewarm water) on waking. This will help with hydration, pH balance, digestion, immunity and overall health. It’s a great way to start the day. If you place lemons in the microwave for 15 seconds you’ll get double the amount of juice from them!
  • Keep cut apples and avocados from browning quickly by squeezing a little lemon juice on them
  • Salad dressing. The best and most simple salad dressing is olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Yum!
  • Get fluffier rice by adding a teaspoon of rice to the pot when rice is simmering
  • Add lemon juice and ginger to tea for an uplifting drink and to shake any colds or bugs 
  • Make a delicious lemon tart or lemon sorbet
  • Freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays and then just defrost as needed
  • Make up a batch of delicious preserved lemons
  • Use lemon instead of salt in recipes where possible to reduce salt intake but get a similar flavour
  • Use lemon juice to tenderise meats
  • Make lemonade!
  • Bring limp lettuce back to life by soaking it in cold water and half a cup of lemon and refrigerating for one hour. Then drain and dry
  • Stop brown sugar from clumping by placing a slice of lemon skin in the container
  • Squeeze a little lemon into olive oil for a gorgeous, zesty flavour
  • Brush eggshells with lemon juice before boiling to reduce the chance of the shell cracking

HOME

  • Display lemons (and limes too if you have any) in a gorgeous bowl, vase or apothecary jar on your dining table, kitchen island or side table. The bright happy colour will look goreous and lift spirits and the citrus scent will delight!Credit & Image: https://tallypress.com/fun/guide-choosing-freshest-fruits/
  • For you super creative peeps, make a stunning lemon wreath for your front door. Check out Pinterest for ideas
  • Create gorgeous lemon candles by cutting in half, scooping out the pulp and placing a tealight inside each half
  • Make a gorgeous table setting by placing lemons as the centre piece Credit & Image Courtesy of: www.wantthatwedding.co.uk/2014/12/16/26-ridiculously-pretty-seriously-creative-wedding-table-runners-ideas-youre-so-gonna-want/
  • Turn a lemon into a place card holder for gorgeous, rustic outdoor entertaining. You can write the guests name on there directly or wrap twine and a name tag around it.
  • Place dried citrus peels in your fireplace for kindling that smells divine
  • Place a few lemon peels under your front doormat for a fresh citrus scent. Discard and replace each week
  • Place some lemon essential oils into a burner and light for a beautiful, uplifting smell
  • Give visitors a little bundle of lemons or lemon preserve to take home with them