We all love lemonade, but that’s not the only good thing you can make out of lemons.
Besides using this tangy citrus to improve your culinary skills, you can also use it for its wide range of health benefits.
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, flavonoids, folates, citric acid, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Actually, you can get the daily recommended amount of vitamin C by consuming a single lemon.
Recently, a lot of people started drinking lemon water as a part of their morning ritual. This is because of lemon’s extraordinary health benefits. But, besides lemon water, you can make plenty of other home remedies using lemon and few other natural ingredients.
In this post, you’ll learn how to reap lemon’s health benefits by combining it with other healthy ingredients. The result– nine home remedies that’ll help you treat and prevent various health problems from constipation and kidney stones to acne and detox.
The remedies use only natural ingredients so it’s worth trying them out.
9 Home Remedies with Lemons
1. Detoxing Agent
Lemon is a great natural ingredient that will help eliminate toxins out of your body. The reason why is so great is its ability to work in sync with the human’s natural detox system. Also, it helps prevent free-radical damage at a cellular level thanks to its antioxidant and vitamin C content.
Furthermore, lemon has mild diuretic properties which result in increased urine production. This, in turn, speeds up the elimination of toxins through urine. In this way, your blood will be purified and you’ll have glowing and healthier skin.
Here’s how to combine lemon to get these health benefits:
- 1 of lemon juice– (aids the detox process).
- 1 of honey (for better taste and faster healing).
- 1 cup of warm water.
Add the honey and lemon juice to the warm water and mix well. Drink it as a first thing in the morning, but never after a full meal. Drink it every morning for one month for optimal results.
2. Kidney Stone Removal.
Lemon contains citric acid which breaks down calcium oxalate kidney stones. Once broken, the stones can be flushed out through the urine. Moreover, the mild diuretic properties of lemon will increase the production of urine, thus helping to eliminate the stones from your body.
Olive oil is the other ingredient in this remedy for kidney stones. They will make sure the stones pass swiftly and painlessly by lubricating the urinary tract. It’s best to drink plenty of water while taking this remedy to stimulate urination, as well as keep your body well-hydrated.
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice (to help break up kidney stones).
- 1/4 cup of olive oil (to provide lubrication).
Pour 1/4 cup each of olive oil and lemon juice into a glass. Stir the ingredients to mix them well.
Stir the ingredients well and drink the solution before breakfast (drinking it on an empty stomach will help prevent nausea.) You can take half the amount before breakfast, and the rest after 10-15 minutes.
Make sure you drink two or three cups of water after taking the remedy. For optimal results, drink 2-3 quarts of water per day. Drink the solution two or three times daily for several days, until you get rid of the stones.
3. Natural Decongestant.
It’s well known that warm lemon water can help treat congestion, at the same time keeping you hydrated. It’s even better if you combine it with some raw honey.
What’s more, lemon will enhance your immune system thanks to its high levels of vitamin C. On the other hand, honey will promote healing and soothe the irritated respiratory tract.
- 2 tbsp. of lemon juice (to help decongest).
- 1 tbsp. of honey (to soothe and promotes healing).
Mix the ingredients well and drink three times daily to relieve congestion. Take the remedy for several days or until your symptoms disappear.
4. Quick Constipation Relief.
The combination of lemon juice and warm water is the perfect solution for your constipation. The warm lemon water will aid your bowel movements, moving its content forward.
What’s more, lemon dislodges the undigested matter that’s stuck to the digestive tract lining, eliminating all the waste and toxins out of your system.
- 1/2 a lemon.
- 1 cup of warm water.
Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the water and mix well. Take the solution two times a day, once before breakfast and once again before bedtime. One or two doses should be enough to relieve mild constipation.
But, it’s good to keep on taking the remedy for a week to restore the health of your digestive system. Adding lemon water to your daily diet can help you fight even chronic constipation.
5. Acne Scars Removal.
Did you know that regular topical application of lemon water can help fade your acne scars? That’s right. Being a natural skin bleaching agent, and containing abundance of vitamin C makes lemon great for improving the production of collagen and maintaining firm, smooth, and acne-free skin.
You can combine lemon juice with different ingredients depending on your needs.
Note– Avoid exposing your skin to the sun for a few hours after applying lemon juice on your skin as it can make it photosensitive. Also, don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen after that. To avoid any complications, use it after sundown.
# 1– Plain Lemon Juice.
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice concentrate and a sterile cotton ball. Apply the juice on the affected area and leave it to dry for less than ten minutes. Then, wash it off with cool water and don’t forget to apply a light moisturizer. Do this every day for one month for optimal results.
# 2– Lemon & Honey.
Combine the lemon juice with some honey if you have dry and sensitive skin. Thanks to the honey, your skin will be hydrated and protected from further drying from the lemon. Also, honey will help fade acne scars.
Add honey to freshly squeezed lemon juice in equal amounts. Mix and apply on your acne scars using a sterile cotton ball. Let it act for ten minutes and then rinse it off with water. Then, pat your skin dry using a clean, soft towel. Do this process every day for about three weeks for optimal results.
# 3– Lemon & Tomato.
This combination is another great solution for your problem with acne scars. Tomato will gently remove the dead skin cells, at the same time nourishing the skin and evening out the skin tone. Also, it helps repair skin at a cellular level. All this makes tomato a great natural ingredient to help fade acne scars.
Mix some raw, tomato pulp with freshly squeezed lemon juice in 1:1 ratio. After mixing it well, apply the mixture on the affected area with a sterile cotton ball. Leave it to dry naturally, and then rinse it off with water. Do this process every day for about 14-20 days to face your acne scars.
6. Immunity and Metabolism Booster.
Lemon water is the right solution to boost your immune system and metabolism. By increasing your metabolic rate, lemon water will help you lose weight in a healthy way.
The vitamin C content in lemon helps the carnitine biosynthesis. This compound is vital in the metabolism of fatty acids and helps the body deal with cold and flu better and faster.
Moreover, lemon contains potassium which helps regulate fluids and blood pressure in the body. Also, it promotes higher brain and nerve function.
Also, you can drink lemon water to keep your body hydrated throughout the day, as well as improve your energy levels. Besides drinking it, you can use it in cooking or as a salad dressing. Another option is to add it to your tea.
- 1 tbsp. of fresh, lemon juice.
- 1 cup of water.
Stir the lemon juice into the water and drink before breakfast. This morning ritual will boost your immune system and metabolism.
You can also drink some lemon water during the day to keep your body hydrated.
7. Remove Bad Breath.
Did you know that commercial mouthwashes can disrupt the natural mouth flora because they contain alcohol? Furthermore, alcohol reduces the production of alcohol, thus worsening your bad breath.
So, instead of them, try using a homemade lemon mouthwash in situations when the brushing and flossing are not helpful. Lemon increases the production of saliva, and its citrusy aroma beats the bad breath. What’s more, it also prevents the pungent odor of garlic and onion.
Besides lemon, this DIY mouthwash requires some baking soda and cinnamon to remove the bacteria that causes your bad breath effectively. Honey is another ingredient which can help increase the production of saliva and improve the taste of the mouthwash.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon (to increase the production of saliva and beat the bad breath).
- 1 of cinnamon powder (to remove the odor-causing bacteria).
- 1 cup of hot water.
- 1 of baking soda (to remove the bacteria responsible for the bad odor).
- 2 of honey (to eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath).
Mix the baking soda and cinnamon into a large container, and add the honey. Then, just add the freshly squeezed lemon juice followed by the hot water. Mix well and leave the solution to cool at a room temperature. Then, transfer the solution to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for one week. If you use lemon juice concentrate, you’ll extend your DIY mouthwash shelf life.
Swish a mouthful of your homemade lemon mouthwash around your mouth for half a minute and then spit it out. If you like, you can rinse your mouth afterward.
Do this every day to prevent bad breath as well as freshen it up before some event.
8. Gout Relief.
Lemon contains citric acid which can help dissolve the excess uric acid in your blood. This, in turn, prevents buildup of uric acid crystals which cause joint inflammation. Moreover, the vitamin C content also helps reduce joint pain. That is why lemons are beneficial for treating gout.
- Freshly squeezed juice from one lemon.
- 1 cup of water.
Pour the lemon juice into the water and mix well. Drink three times per day to relieve your gout pain. Even though you might notice significant improvement after few days, it’s best to drink it every day for one to two weeks.
9. Treating Dry Mouth.
Thanks to the citric acid content, lemon stimulates the production of saliva. What’s more, it can help eliminate nasal congestion which might make you breathe through mouth, making it dry.
Dry mouth is often followed by halitosis, and as we mentioned lemon can help with that too. To reduce your symptoms of dry mouth, use lemon juice, lemon oil, lemon peel, lemonade, or even lemon candies free from sugar.
- A glass of water.
- 3-4 lemon slices.
Just add the slices of lemon into the water and sip it throughout the day. This simple drink will help you relieve your dry mouth symptoms. But, make sure it doesn’t have the pulp as it can irritate your mouth.
Drink it as needed to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth.
Before applying lemon juice on your skin make sure you check your skin sensitivity.
After applying lemon juice to your skin, avoid sun exposure to prevent tanning.
Besides lemon, you can also use lime in the mentioned remedies.
If lemon water has a tart flavor for you, feel free to add some honey at the beginning to improve its taste. Also, start with smaller quantities and gradually increase as you get used to the taste.
In case you notice your body doesn’t respond well to lemon juice, stop taking the remedy. Consult a holistic healthcare provider if you like to continue using lemon in your treatment.
These are some of the many ways you can use lemon to treat various health problems. Have you tried any of these home remedies? If you know some other lemon combination that can somehow improve your health, share it with us in the comments below.