You may have heard that lemon is fantastic for our digestive system, and other health benefits. But what exactly are the benefits?
Lemon, either natural lemon or lemon essential oil, has a huge number of benefits. The most common methods of ingestion is to squeeze a lemon in a glass of water or to use a drop or two of essential oil in a glass of water. Either works well and the following are some of the many benefits of taking lemon in your daily diet!
1 Energy Levels
The negatively charged ions found in lemon will increase energy levels and work as a mood booster. Fresh lemon water helps to oxygenate the body, which will also increase energy levels. Drinking a glass of lemon water could help if you are feeling lethargic or lacking in energy.
That is why many people take a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before breakfast. And also because of this, you should avoid taking lemon late at night as it may affect your night sleep.
2 Dental Care
Lemon is often used in dental care.
If the fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist greatly in dealing with the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding while also eliminating the bad odours that can come from various gum diseases and other conditions.
Also, lemon can be used in cleaning your teeth. You could source a toothpaste which contains lemon as one of the ingredients, or even add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste.
3 Hair Care
Lemon juice has proven itself useful in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. Lemon juice, when applied to the scalp, can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If you apply lemon juice directly to the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.
For this, it may be best to use lemon essential oil, as it could be rather difficult to squeeze a fresh lemon over your head while in the shower!
4 Skin Care
Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic medicine. Because of this, it can cure problems related to the skin. For example, lemon juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburn it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well.
Lemon acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin.
5 Combat Fever
Lemon provides many valuable solutions to health-related problems, as it contains antiseptic and natural medications. Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu, throat infections or fever, and it can help break fevers by increasing perspiration. It can also assist in the treatment of malaria.
6 Can Assist Weight Loss
Lemon can be used as a low-calorie flavour enhancer, and can help you save calories to support your weight-loss efforts.
Instead of adding heavy high-calorie sauces to your food, squeeze lemon on your fish, chicken, cooked veggies, salad greens or grain dishes to add flavour and help you reduce your overall calorie intake to lose weight.
Lemon juice is also sodium-free and can help you limit sodium intake as well.
7 Clean Hands
Surprisingly, lemon works very well as a disinfectant and can be used to clean your hands from bacteria.
For example, you could add a few drops of lemon to your soap to assist in disinfecting your hands.
8 Natural Disinfectant
Lemon smells good!
You can use lemon to your traditional cleaning products to help with the smell, or you could even replace your alcohol and bleach products and disinfect your countertops using lemon. For this, add 40 drops lemon oil and 20 drops tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with pure water (and a dash of white vinegar) for a great homemade cleaning product.
9 Soothes Respiratory Disorder
Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders as well.
10 Treats Cholera
Diseases like cholera can be treated with lemon juice because it acts as a blood purifier. It can stop the spread of the bacteria that causes this disease.
Lemon is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.
So what is the difference between freshly squeezed lemon and lemon essential oil?
From a scientific perspective, lemon essential oil is very high in limonene, much more so than lemon juice. The high limonene content found in this essential oil makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent.
All essential oils, including lemon, are also extremely potent and concentrated. So it would take a very large amount of lemon juice to equal the potency of 1-2 drops of oil. Also another important distinction is that lemon essential oil may be easier to ingest for those with sensitive stomachs because it does not contain citric acid.
All in all, we really believe in lemon as part of your healthy diet. If you already drink water first thing in the morning before breakfast, that is great. But try adding a drop of lemon essential oil or a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon and feel even more benefits for your overall health and wellness!
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