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Lemon is a popular and widely used citrus fruit. Besides flavoring drinks or foods, lemon has many lesser-known functions.

The entire lemon, including juice, seeds, and peel can be used in medicine.

Benefits

Digestion boost:

  • Squeeze several drops of lemon in milk to boost your digestive system. This is particularly good for children whose digestive systems are weak.
  • People with constipation should drink lemonade on a daily basis to stimulate excretion, and bolster the immune system.

Some elements of lemonade are similar to saliva and acid found in our bodies. They enable the liver to produce much needed acid for the digestive system. Lemonade also helps get rid of toxins and alleviates symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.

Diuretics: Lemonade acts as a diuretic that quickens the cleansing of your digestive system, keeping your urinary system healthy.

Reduction of sore throat: Squeeze several drops of fresh lemon in 250ml of warm water, add a tsp of salt and mix. Wash your mouth out with this three times a day. Hold the mixture in your throat for one minute to relieve the pain.

Weight loss: Add lemon peel to drinking water or or drink a glass of warm lemonade in the morning. Do this daily and combine with a healthier diet and frequent physical exercise.

Reduction of respiratory diseases: A glass of warm lemonade each morning will eliminate inflammatory risks in your chest and stop dry coughs immediately. It is also a useful cure for asthma and chronic allergies. People with weak stomachs should avoid this method.

Destressing: Rich in vitamin C, lemon is one of the greatest cures for stress..

Curbing coffee addiction: Because of health problems, many are warned against drinking coffee. This is usually easier said than done. However, after having a glass of warm lemonade, coffee loses its appeal.

Elimination of blood clots on long-haul flights: When a glass of lemonade was drunk every five hours, a Japanese study showed that blood flow through vessels increased by by 19 per cent, which helped reduce blood clots.

Eliminating toxins in food:  A recent study indicated that toxic components found in seafood, notably raw fish and shrimp, were eliminated with lemon extract.

Beauty benefits

Vitamin C acts as a strong antioxidant to rejuvenate skin and iron out wrinkles. It also staves off acne-causing bacteria.

Hair: Mix lemon juice in your shampoo,and your hair will be silky, smooth and free from dandruff.    

Oily facial skin: Mix several drops of lemon extract with two tablespoons of orange juice and apply the mixture to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash. The oil on your facial skin will gradually dissipate.

Wrinkles: Mix honey with several drops of lemon extract, spread on your face, leave for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.

Exfoliation: Mix lemon extract and sugar or honey and scrub face or body to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Underarm odor: Apply lemon extract under your arms after showering, leave for 15 minutes and wash again with warm water.

Cleaning children’s tongues: Mix some salt with lemon juice. Dip clean cotton towel in the solution and wipe tongue.

Elixir of life: Mix Lemon extract, honey, sunflower oil in the ratio of 1: 2: 0.5. Take a tablespoon before breakfast.

Moderate uric acid: Lemon helps reduce the release of uric acid. Good for people with gout.

Lemon peel

Cardiovascular health: Lemon peel helps reduce the cholesterol level in your body and bolsters overall cardiovascular health. Vitamin C helps  regulate blood flow, and prevents or delays risks of chronic ailments such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bones: To keep your bones strong and healthy, calcium is crucial. Lemon peel is rich in calcium and vitamin C and helps prevent a series of disorders such as osteoporosis, rheumatism, inner bone fractures, polyarthritis and arthritis.

Anti-infection agent: Lemon is able to prevent infection and cure colds, flu, sore throat and similar infections.

Digestive system: Bolsters digestive system because it contains fiber for good bowel function.

Oral health: Rich in citric acid that can prevent teeth and gum disease.

Detoxifying the skin: A natural source of vitamin C and citric acid that help to cleanse blood vessels and rid impurities under skin.

Recently, Australian scientists  discovered that the antioxidants in essential oil extracted from lemon peel are high enough to combat many diseases. Lemon peel includes various crucial enzymes, vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin P, calcium, kali, fiber or limonene.

Antipyretic in malaria: Drink a big glass of warm water with lemon peel to help relieve fever.

Lemon peel is also useful for prostatitis, kidney stones, bile inflammation, scoliosis, knee inflammation, wrist inflammation, stomach ulcers, toothache and scabies.

Prolonged use of lemon peel water is helpful for women who had fibroids or endometrial tumors removed as it prevents complications.

Excessive use is not healthy. Intake should be from 10 to 20 grams a day. Wash lemon peel before slicing and drying.