Lemon is a citrus fruit that has many beneficiary factors. Lemons (as well as other citrus fruits) fight against infection by helping the human body in the production of antibodies in which blood attacks invading microorganisms, preventing infection.It is an antioxidant, which helps aid in the prevention of diseases such as stroke, cancer, and other cardiovascular diseases. Lemons lower blood pressure and and help keep your cholesterol in good condition. Lemon is also found to be an anti-carcinogenic which lower rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. A few drops of lemon juice in hot water is believed to clear the digestive system and purifies the liver. The skin of the lemon dried under the sun then ground to fine powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves headache and cools the body. Lemon applied to the face can be used as an astringent to clear existing acne and prevent future acne from reappearing. Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightener and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches. Lemon juice is given to relive gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue. It is used to prevent the common cold (which is why I haven’t been sick in over a year!). Lemon juice can be used to prevent or treat Urinary Tract Infections and gonorrhea. It is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems. It soothes dry skin when applied with little glycerin. Lemon juice is commonly used for marinating meat and seafood to kill bacteria and other organisms present in them, therefor it prevents many gastrointestinal tract infections. Lemon Juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight. It is best to drink lemon juice when preventing dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea. It can also be used as mouthwash, removing plaque, whitening teeth and strengthening the enamel. A tablespoon spoon of thick lemon syrup every day relieves asthma. It relieves itchy skin, while gargling it relieves throat infection. Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair. Lemon applied to the face not only relieves & reduces acne blemishes but also removes wrinkles keeping your skin looking young, fresh and healthy. Additionally lemon juice is also used to treat and prevent osteoarthritis.
With all of these benefits, on top of tasting absolutely delicious, why wouldn’t anybody have a glass of lemonade a day?! I personally drink at least one cup of either all natural orange juice or all natural lemonade. I do it because it tastes good, it’s my healthy alternative to soda and other fattening not-so-healthy beverages. Additionally, it has prevented me from ever being sick. My mother and I buy fresh lemons and oranges from the local produce store, but I have made it my job to make the actual drinks. I use a juicer to juice the fruit, and a strainer to drain the pulp, because although pulp is the healthiest part of the fruit, I just don’t like to drink it! So I drain it out. And when my little girl arrives, I will make fruit puree for her out of the pulp that I refuse to drink. I also just learned that the skin of the lemon has purposeful qualities too! So I don’t have to waste any part of the lemon, each part can be used for something. I know that you can make a whole pitcher of lemonade at once, but I prefer to make it by the glass. I’ll post a little recipe below on how to make all natural lemonade by the glass. I hope you enjoy the tasteful juice and the wonderful benefits that come along with drinking it!
- Container (to keep the concentrate in)
- Cut all the lemons in half.
- Juice Each lemon in the juicer.
- Put the strainer over the container you are going to keep the juice in.
- Pour the juice from the juicer into the strainer to drain pulp. (You can skip this step if you like pulp)
- Refrigerate your lemonade concentrate.
When you get ready to make your glass:
- In a tall glass, pour about a pinky finger thick of lemonade concentrate (0.5 in.).
- Put 3-4 spoonfuls of sugar (Depending on how sweet your tooth is).
- Throw in a couple cubes of ice.
- Mix it thoroughly with a teaspoon.
- Insert a lemon slice on the side for good looks and a straw to drink the lemonade that has been evenly mixed (instead of the watered down top) and use it as your tool to stir your lemonade as needed.