When life gives you lemons

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Did you ever think, a small lemon can be of multi- use, other than adding tang to a flavour? Beauty ex­pert Shehnaz Hus­sain has come up with some points to draw at­ten­tion to its ben­e­fits in terms of health and beauty. Lemon in­creases the body’s re­sis­tance to dis­ease. Its con­tent of glu­cose and min­er­als helps to re­place what the body loses through sweat, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months.

It has been found that hav­ing lemon reg­u­larly can help to re­lieve headaches, soothe di­ges­tive prob­lems and even help peo­ple suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety. It stim­u­lates blood cir­cu­la­tion, re­duces ar­te­rial pres­sure, ac­ti­vates bile and in­testi­nal se­cre­tions.

What we have to re­mem­ber is that the lemon is best taken di­luted, adding it to wa­ter. Start­ing your day with lemon and hot wa­ter can help to keep the sys­tem flushed and aid the re­moval moval of tox­ins and wastes ben­e­fits weight watch­ers. This will also re­flect on the skin, keep­ing it clear and glow­ing.

Lemon zest, i. e. grated lemon peel is addedd to pud­dings, cakes andd souf­fle for ad­di­tional l flavour. Re­search has s re­vealed that it cann fight cancer.

Stud­ies car­ried out at the In­sti­tute of Health Sci­ences in Bal­ti­more, USA, have shown that it is not only anti- bac­te­rial and anti- fun­gal, but ac­tu­ally fights cancer cells. It de­stroys ma­lig­nant cells, with­out dam­ag­ing the healthy ones. Lemon is also an anti- de­pres­sant, re­duces stress and fights ner­vous dis­or­ders. Doc­tors rec­om­mend the use of the en­tire lemon by freez­ing it and then grat­ing the peel and pulp. Sprin­kleSpr this on your food.foo It not only en­hance­sha taste, but you will get all the nu­tri­entsen in the lemon. As a cos­metic in­gre­di­ent,d lemon can be usedu in var­i­ous ways, butb avoid us­ing it undi­luted,d as it can be harsh on the skin. On ar­eas where the skin is thicker, like el­bows and knees, rub lemon halves and wash off with wa­ter. Over a pe­riod of time, it cleanses and light­ens skin colour.

Lemon can also be used as a hand lo­tion. Mix it with rose wa­ter and rub it into the skin of the hands. For rough hands, rub gran­u­lated su­gar and the juice of a lemon to­gether with the hands, till the su­gar dis­solves. Then rinse off with wa­ter. Done reg­u­larly, it will help to im­prove the skin tex­ture.

Oily skin can re­ally ben­e­fit from a lemon treat­ment. Di­lute the juice of half a lemon in a glass of wa­ter and use this to wash your face. Lemon not only helps to re­store the nor­mal acid- al­ka­line bal­ance, but also re­duces sur­face oil. Dur­ing sum­mer, freeze this lemon wa­ter in an ice cube tray. Wrap the ice in a clean tis­sue or cloth and rub it gen­tly on oily skin. It re­duces oil and is ex­tremely re­fresh­ing.

Honey mixed with lemon juice can be ap­plied on the face daily. While honey mois­turises the skin, lemon juice re­stores the nor­mal bal­ance and light­ens skin colour over a pe­riod of time of reg­u­lar use. Lemon can also be used as a hair rinse. You can add lemon juice to a mug of wa­ter and use it as a last rinse, af­ter your sham­poo. You can also boil used tea leaves in enough wa­ter and cool the liq­uid. Add the juice of one lemon and use it as a last rinse. This helps to add shine to the hair.

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