Sunday, May 20, 2012

Learning About Lemons

Lemons are the perfect summertime fruit with their tart scent and flavor. The bright yellow color and rounded shape liken them to tiny suns caught up in fresh scented glossy leaves. This highly acidic fruit has a mysterious history and a variety of uses making them a witches favorite summertime tool.

The exact historical origins of where lemons come from is as far as I've seen unknown (please correct me if you have knowledge otherwise). It would seem however that they most probably come from northwestern India. Like all citrus fruits lemons flourish in warmer climate and when grown in America mostly come from California or Florida.

Lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin A. They are also low in natural sugars, fat and calories. Lemons help the body absorb iron and contain individual amino acids considered to be the building blocks of protein.

Medicinal Uses
  • A combination of lemon juice, honey, and hot water is a wonderful natural remedy for sore throats
  • The same mixture as above as well as adding lemon wedges to ice water and tea are all thought to help promote weight loss.
  • As a natural laxative when mixed with warm water
  • When used on minor cuts and abrasions it can help to stop bleeding and disinfect the wound.
  • Can reduce the swelling of bug bites.
Cosmetic Uses
  • Gargling a combination of lemon juice and water helps to reduce bad breath
  • A powerful astringent the juice can be applied to acne to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  • Give yourself natural highlights by spritzing your hair with lemon juice before going out in the sun.
  • Rinse hair in the shower with lemon juice for a healthy shine.
  • Helps reduce cooking odors from your hands.
House Cleaning Uses
  • Equal parts of water and lemon juice poured into a spray bottle makes for an effective all purpose cleaner. It can also be used to help deter ants.
  • Rub a cut lemon over a cutting board to help remove stains and to deodorize.
  • Run lemon wedges through a garbage disposal to deodorize.
  • Warm a sliced lemon in the microwave to reduce grease build up from inside the microwave.
  • Add a 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a load of whites before drying in the sun to brighten clothing.
  • Combine 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice for homemade furniture polish.
  • Clean brass or copper with a paste made of baking soda and lemon juice.
  • 4 Tbsp of lemon juice blended with a half gallon of water makes for an effective glass cleaner
  • Hot lemon juice combined with baking soda can be used as an all natural drain cleaner
  • Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to dish liquid to help cut grease
Magickal Uses
Lemons are associated with friendship and platonic love. Use lemon peel, seeds, and juice in spells and charms to help preserve friendships and make them last.

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