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-- Sarada Prithipal

A small wonder called lemon

02 Apr 03

Lemons are probably the most commonly available members of the illustrious citrus family. This tiny fruit is a storehouse of Vitamin C. That is only one aspect of its versatile nature. Lemons are more useful than most us know.

Lemon juice is an excellent household cleaner. Used in combination with salt, it makes your brassware shine brighter than gold. Adding a dash of lemon juice to the water, which you are using to rinse your glassware, gives them an added sparkle. All you food buffs are surely aware of the fact that this wonder fruit is also an effective preservative. Another tip for all you sweet toothed lemon fans. The pectin in the lemon rind will help set your jams and jellies very fast.

Interestingly, tough acidic in nature it has an alkaline effect on the body. This makes it useful for the cure of coughs and colds, rheumatism and flu. Being rich in Vitamin C, it is used to cure scurvy. Lemon juice when consumed with hot water and honey is said to work wonders for overweight people. Diluted lemon juice acts as a diuretic and helps to remove body toxins.

Lemon juice is useful for treating a variety of skin ailments. This juice is said to prevent water retention. Those suffering from cellulite can benefit from massages using lemon based cellulite oil.

In the world of beauty care, lemons occupy a very glamorous place. Regular use of lemon juice on the skin keeps it bright and sparkling. It is believed that treating the skin with lemon juice helps to drive wrinkles away. However, the treatment must be followed by an oil massage.

Want to add lustre to your hair? No, I am not advertising for a shampoo. All you have to do is rub some diluted lemon juice onto your scalp. A word of caution here, do not go out into the sun before washing your hair, or else the sun will have a bleaching effect on your hair. Aroma therapy is steadily becoming very popular. Now remember that every time you’re feeling low the aroma of lemon oil will help uplift your spirit. According to some aroma therapists it also helps to boost the functioning of the immune system.

So, lemons for beauty, lemons for health, lemons for the home, lemons for the joy you always felt!

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