6 Secret Uses of Lemon REVEALED
When life gives you lemons, keep it, because you never know what these little yellow fellows can do for you. Ancient Egyptians believed that drinking lemon juice and eating lemons prevented them from poisons and research has proved this right. While we all know lemons help in detoxification and soothing your sore throat, here are six unusual uses of lemon that will blow you mind.
1) Highlighting The Hair
What could be simpler than highlighting your hair at home with a glass of lemon juice? All you have to do is take ½ cup lemon juice and add ½ cup water to it. You can directly apply it to the strands of hair that are to be highlighted or simply spray the mixture to get an overall lightening effect. Allow your hair to dry under the sun before you wash it—and voila! You just got yourself salon-worthy blonde highlights.
2) Vaginal Hygiene
Yes, you heard it right! Lemon juice can help maintain your vaginal hygiene. This citrus fruit contains Vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, and its juice detoxifies harmful toxins, making you less susceptible to urinary tract infections. Therefore, you reduce the chances of getting yourself a foul vaginal odour.
3) Softening Elbows
Massaging your elbows, knees or heels with lemon juice for several minutes can make them super soft. Lemon juice contains acids which help release dead skin cells from your skin. You just have to take lemon juice in a bowl and apply it to the required areas with saturated cotton balls. As the skin absorbs the lemon juice, it will give a softer and clearer effect.
4) Treating Kidney Stones
Lemon has the highest concentration of citrate, which naturally prevents kidney stone formation. While lemon juice is healthy, sugar in the juice could increase the risk of a stone. Go for sugar-free lemonade or lime water. Also, drinking half a cup of pure lime juice daily inhibits calcium stones as it increases the citrate level in the urine.
5) Purifying The Blood
Lemon contains nourishing elements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B, proteins, carbohydrates and phosphorus, hence providing many health benefits. It is also a powerful antiviral, antibacterial aid that helps lower blood pressure and acts as a liver cleanser. Being an antioxidant, it activates the free radicals that prevents stroke, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
6) Relieving Headaches
You’ll know how important lime juice is when you have a hangover after that Friday night party. Lemon juice reduces the severity of headaches caused by (alcohol) dehydration. So while you’re used to drinking lemon juice to get rid of those hangovers, we give you other uses of lemon for quick headache relief. Apply lemon crust paste on your forehead and drink lemon tea three to four times in a day for relief from the pain.
We are surely going to try one of these secret uses of this little yellow superstar. Let us know if you’ve used lemons for any other ailments.
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