The healing, cleaning, and cooking power of Lemons is amazing. I can clean with them, cook with them, preserve with them, heal with them, lose weight with them, and make the most refreshing drinks with them. It usually only takes a drop or two to do the trick in most applications.
Cleaning with lemons is cheap, easy, and efficient. I clean my copper by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and removing the stains from my pots. I often make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. I clean sinks, remove stains from countertops, and remove the scum from my stove top with this magical paste. I have on hand a spray bottle with one part lemon juice to four parts water to clean showers, cabinets, and refrigerators. One of my favorite uses of used lemons is to place them in the garbage disposal and grind them for a few seconds. This removes the odors from the sink.
Lemons are a necessity in my cooking. I keep them on the counter for easy access in that I use them in almost all of my dishes. My favorite thing about lemons is that they add brightness to almost any dish. During the holiday season I cook tons of soups and stews. They are hearty and simple to prepare leaving me more time to enjoy my family. Of course, salt is a necessity in these dishes, but there always seems to be something missing. Adding a drop of lemon juice never fails to brighten the flavor of the dish! Even an eighth of a teaspoon can go a long way.
I can vegetables and meats quite often and lemons are necessary for the acid in preserving my canned goods. Lemons also act as a thickener for pies and soups in that they contain quite a bit of pectin.
Lemons are quite healthy fruits. Have you ever wondered why people tell you to drink hot lemon water with honey? Lemons contain vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Many of my friends have chronic sore throats and they benefit from drinking this “tincture” once a day.
By drinking a glass of this lemon water, you may be able to drop a few pounds as well. Just as adding hot sauce to your dishes adds flavor and causes you to crave less food, lemon juice does as well. People that add lemons to their food are known to eat less than those who forego the lemon.
Lemons have been used throughout all generations for beautiful skin. They are used as a beauty remedy for blemishes, freckles (do you remember the Brady Bunch when Jan put lemons on her face to get rid of freckles?), and as an anti-aging remedy. Many chemical peels contain massive amounts of vitamin C combined with acid to remove dead skin and rejuvenate new skin cells. The combination of vitamin C and acid is exactly what make up the lemon! This is a much more healthy natural alternative.
All in all, the uses of lemons are just about endless!