...we show you how to reap their ben­e­fits in the best ways pos­si­ble!

Herworld (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Poon Li-Wei

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.

2 pow­er­house

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.

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