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Published on: 14 Jun 2011 by inside_out

Lemons: A Fruit with Many Functions

Lemons... we love the tasty tang that they give us in our water, our lemonade, or our pie.  Their sour savor is unlike any other... but who knew that these citrus fruits could go beyond food?  When life gives you lemons, you can make a whole lot more than just lemonade!!!  I have recently discovered several uses of lemons as natural remedies, and guess what - they work!!!  Here goes:


Hair Lightener:


Lemons are known for their bleaching properties... so, once upon a time, somebody tried to do this on her hair  Almost everybody has tried to use lemons to lighten their hair, and this can be done many different ways.  One of the ways that has been suggested is to leave lemon juice in your hair for four hours, and if you go out in the sun, the effect will be stronger.  This might seem like a lot, but it is SO worth it not to put all those chemicals in your hair.  However, be careful, for lemons can by drying to your hair.  You probably want to mix lemon juice with some olive oil or honey to keep your hair nice and hydrated.


Upper Lip LIghtener:


A friend of mine was recently confronted with the issue of dark skin on her "mustache" area.  I looked it up and found out that lemon/lime juice can be a solution for this.  The effect is gradual, and, yet again, multiplied under sunlight.


Teeth Whitener:


The bleaching properties of lemons are also known to be used on teeth.  What you should probably do is apply some lemon juice onto your tooth brush and scrub your teeth, using more lemon when necessary.  This will probably take multiple applications to get the desired effect, but it should be worth it!  However, be careful how often you apply this because the acidic lemon juice does peel away some of the enamel on your teeth.


Acne Cleanser:


The great thing about lemon juice is that it dries zits right up!  I put some lemon juice and left it on my face for ten minutes (I did this twice in one day) and voila!  The next day my pimples were remarkably improved!  This is a wonderful solution, but remember to beware of the drying effects of lemon juice.  If you have dry skin, you could still try this but you should add in some olive oil and honey.  For oily skin types like me, this is perfect!


Citrus Deodorant:


Because lemon tends to dry things up, it is a good makeshift deodorant spray.  I have diluted lemon juice in a spray bottle that I squirt on every morning.  I have not proven that it works yet, but I know I won't be dissapointed.  You can also use this for other sweaty parts of your body. (If you have any.  If you don't, consider yourself very lucky.)


Nail Cleaner:


Ever get tired of dirt and stains just ruining the whites of your nails?  Well, if you soak your nails in lemon/lime juice (can be diluted), this should help!  Lemon's bleaching and acidic properties will help get the gunk out from underneath your nails.  Try doing this before you are going to cut your nails.  Simply soak them for ten minutes or so for a nice, cleansing effect!


Overall, lemon can be used for prettymuch any hair or skin lightening or drying that you want.  Have fun using lemons for your needs, whether in juice or whole form. And if you ever find a more versatile fruit, let me know!

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