WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…
...we show you how to reap their benefits in the best ways possible!
Squeeze their benefits for your home and overall wellbeing.
1 pick the good
Fresh lemons can last anywhere from two to four weeks, and in the fridge, one to two months. If the one you have at hand sports a greenish tinge, it’s a definite sign that it hasn’t ripened fully. Meanwhile, those with dull or pale skins are old – you won’t be getting much juice out of them.
You’ve probably heard the advice of drinking a warm cup of water, with a squeeze of lemon, first thing in the morning to move the weight. The European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research actually backs this up, citing that this could help break down body fat as well as control food cravings, all thanks to the citrus’s pectin fibre. Of course, you could also squeeze lemon into a bottle of water and have that for the rest of the day!
3 Away with odour
According to the Journal of Endourology, lemons have the highest concentration of citric acid amongst fruits, which is eight per cent of the dry fruit weight. This gives it antibacterial properties – making it the perfect natural deodorant. All you’ll need is a thin slice of lemon: rub it gently across your armpits, let it dry, and you’ll be out the door in no time.
4 Stains away
There’s nothing we abhor more than those pesky yellow stains on our nails when the polish finally comes off! To help get them back in tip-top condition, try soaking your nails for five minutes in a concoction that is half a lemon and a cup of warm water – the citric acid should do just the trick.