Lemons have been controversial lately. In August we reported Lemonade Freedom Day in response to cops shutting down children’s lemonade stands. The USDA has seized nearly 1,000 personal lemon trees.
But when it comes to gentle detoxing and nutrition, lemons are a real life line.
Even though lemon juice is acidic, it actually alkalizes our body and cleans out the blood, liver, and kidneys. Lemons provide electrolytes. Lemons are a type of “coolant” so it makes sense we gravitate to lemon drinks in the summer. You can actually cool your body (and smell wonderful) by rubbing the juice from the fruit and peels on your wrists and neck.
Recipe idea: Make your lemonade as usual minus a cup of water. Make a lavender tea by infusing some lavender buds and add. Not only does it taste wonderful, but it is super relaxing. Plus the lavender (almost iridescent) glow makes a beautiful beverage.
Tip: The article below suggest using lemon juice in petroleum jelly. We want to avoid petro-chemicals (that in this case are more like a liquid cellophane and don’t actually moisturize). Try using the lemon in a natural oil or balm instead.
Health Benefits of Lemon Water
Lemon has a strong uplifting, refreshing scent. When you think of lemon, you might think of tangy sweetness of summer-time lemonade. Haven’t you ever heard of the old saying “When life throws you lemon make lemonade?” Let’s make it lemon water instead! It is good to note that lemon water has fantastic health benefits for your long term health. There are some uses of lemon water that you would have never thought of. Every day, we consume caffeinated coffee as a pick-me-up in the morning, sodas, tea and other highly acidic drinks that aren’t necessarily good for you. Lemon water is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also contains vitamins (such as vitamin B, riboflavin), minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus), proteins and carbohydrates. Lemons are highly acidic but they contain the good acids that your body needs. Your body has a fine PH balance that must be maintained. If your body is not alkaline, as it should be, then you could have a series of health problems from heartburn and acid reflux that many suffer with on a daily basis; digestive issues, and irregularity. An acidic body can wreak havoc on your allergies, especially if you are an asthmatic, or suffer from frequent headaches.
Lemon Water Health Benefits
To get rid of the body toxins: To flush out a urinary tract infection, or kidney infection, you need to flush your body and alkalize it with lemon water. Being anti-inflammatory, it helps flush the bad bacteria and toxins from your body while instantly cooling the inflamed tissues causing you infection.
Keeps away frequent indigestion: Taking fresh lemon squeezed into a warm glass of water in the morning before breakfast and then once again before dinner help and improves digestion. Lemon water makes your liver secrete more bile and thereby helps in digestion. Adding a little honey to your water will make it more tolerable to drink. Drinking lemon water regularly also prevents constipation.
Reduces fever: Lemon is a good remedy for cold, flu and fever. It breaks fever by increasing perspiration. Actually lemon balm is more effective than lemon water for treating fever. Applying the balm throughout your body will make you sweat more and will bring down temperature.
Treating sore throat: Lemon water has an anti bacterial activity and is considered as an effective remedy for sore throat. Drink a few glasses of lemon water during the day and you will surely feel better. Not only sore throat it also helps in treating tonsillitis or asthma.
Treating urinary tract infection: Lemon water has a diuretic effect and is proved to be valuable in cystitis. Taking lemon juice with hot water few times a day eases the burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis.
Purifies blood: Since lemon water contributes to purify blood it is a best treatment for diseases like cholera or malaria.
Good for skin: Since lemon possesses antiseptic properties, it is used for treatment of chapped skin. Relieve chapped lips by mixing a few drops of lemon water with glycerin, like petroleum jelly and rubbing over chapped lips. Lemon water is considered as an effective home remedy for acne, eczema and many other skin problems.
Improves dental health: Applying fresh lemon juice on the areas of toothache reduces pain. Massaging the gums with lemon juice stops gum bleeding.
Reading all these health benefits you are sure to run out and buy those lemons! Here’s to lemon water and great health! Cheers!