Discover the health benefits of lemon juice! Lemons are small, oval-shaped, yellow fruit grown on the Citrus Limonium, evergreen, tree. Lemon juice contains citric acid giving it a very sour, tart, taste. Most people do not drink the juice by itself. It can cause damage to tooth enamel, when used at full strength. Instead, dilute or sprinkle it on as an added flavoring in foods or drinks. It’s delicious over salmon or salads. Use it in water or tea. Just a very small amount is needed.
Lemon juice contains the benefits of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E. The vitamin C content is very high. One-quarter cup of juice supplies over 33% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. One cup of raw juice contains about 60 calories, 2 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of sugars, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of dietary fiber. The sugars in lemon are unrefined, natural and easily absorbed into the body. Lemons contain minerals including: calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, zinc and other nutrients. Lemon juice has antibacterial and antioxidants benefits! It is healthy for the body, inside and out!
Aid Digestion – heartburn, bloating, nausea, constipation
Fight Infections – sore throat, tonsillitis, coughs, colds, urinary
Reduce Blood Pressure
Boosts Immune System
Diminish Acne and Acne Scars
Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells
Get Rid of Blackheads
Fade Dark Spots, Discolorations and Scars
Reduce Fines Lines and Wrinkles
Reduce Oily Complexion
HOMEMADE SKIN CARE TIPS:
1 – Try rubbing lemon juice over blackheads at night, then rinse with cool water in the morning. Add a gentle moisturizer after rinse. Following this skin care regiment, daily, can eliminate blackheads and prevent future break-outs.
2- Try clearing acne lesions or scars, with touch-up, then rinse with cool water.
3- Mix 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 drop of sweet almond oil and 3 drops of diluted lemon juice for a homemade facial mask. Apply mixture to face for 15 – 20 minutes, let stand, then rinse with cool water. This homemade facial helps reduce dark spots, discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles. It exfoliates dead skin cells and provides a natural glow to skin.
CAUTION! Lemon juice is mildly acidic. This antioxidant juice may sting, temporarily, when applied to skin. Dilute the juice with water then gently apply to skin with a soft cotton ball. If you have citrus allergies do not use this juice topically or internally. Consult your health care provider, if needed.