ALL NATURAL DIY SKINCARE
"Good for you and good for the environment"
and Benefits for Skincare
I love lemon recipes!
For both cooking and natural skincare because I love their smell and their taste. I love their freshness and versatility. Their plants are hardy, and the fruit keeps well. They even look good with the bright yellow outer and shiny green leaves.
And I know I am not alone in my love for all things that use this wonderful citrus fruit ...
They have been popular in many cultures for centuries and they have a wide range of both medicinal and culinary uses.
I live it is common to have a tree in the backyard or a handy plant in a patio pot. And I believe this is also the case in many places around the
world. We also have a street of lemon trees in our town that are available to anyone and everyone to help themselves! Really handy I must say!
Which Part of the Lemon?
You can use different parts of the tree and fruit for different things in a wide variety of lemon recipes, many of them very simple.
This is a brief overview of the parts that can be used.
- JUICE - squeezed from the yellow fruit from the tree. Can be used directly or diluted depending on the treatment / recipe.
- PEEL / SKIN - as with the juice it is taken from the yellow fruit, and has a variety of uses. Generally it is important to peel just the yellow layer off leaving the white pith underneath it behind.
- LEAVES - healthy green leaves in good condition have many benefits.
- ESSENTIAL OIL - this is processed from the yellow peel. It is usually a commercially prepared and purchased product. This is not my first choice as I prefer fresh and free whenever possible! But this is still a valid and valuable option too. Just remember to buy organic to avoid the sprays and chemicals present in the skins of many commercially grown fruits.
Here are some of the benefits of using lemons for health and natural skin care. Sometimes you use the ingredients in lemon recipes, and sometimes you simply use the ingredient on its own.
- removes dead skin cells and improves the complexion (see dilution directions below)
- cleanses oily skin and hair
- removes the oil and fish smell from your hands and skin after catching or preparing fish
- can help remove corns, warts and softens scar tissue
- the juice soothes insect stings and bites
- reduces high blood pressure
- thins the blood and eases the pressure on varicose veins
- antiseptic properties effective in treating sore throats, colds, coughs
- helpful in reducing body temperature
- the juice taken internally is helpful in reducing the pain of rheumatism and arthiritis
- the fresh crisp smell can help reduce nausea
- has deodorant properties when used to bathe in
- can lighten the hair particularly if used in the sunlight (this can also cause burning of the skin and scalp for some people)
- ironically the juice can also be used to soothe sunburn
- great as a room or refrigerator deodorizer, removing lingering smells
- add some to your washing up water to make your glassware shine
- dab some warm juice to areas of the skin affected by neuralgia for relief of pain. Alternatively lay fresh slices of the fruit on the affected areas.
- the juice on a cotton swab will help stop a bleeding nose by speeding up the clotting process
- anti-septic properties can clean out minor cuts and grazes
- drink the juice first thing in the morning with hot or cold water to help flush out your liver
Many remedies are the simple use of the juice as you will have seen in the Benefits section above.
Here are one of the lemon recipes I love that requires a little more preparation.
LEMON ARTICHOKE FACIAL INDULGENCE
This one is so easy because it has just 3 ingredients and you can use ready-prepared artichokes if you want to.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 teaspoon of fresh juice
- drain half a can of artichoke hearts in water (not oil) or a freshly cooked artichoke heart - approximately 200g
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
WHAT TO DO:
- Blend the artichokes until smooth.
- Add the juice and oil and mix again until smooth.
- Spread over your face and lightly massage into your skin. The paste needs to be easy to spread but firm enough to stay on your face for about 15 minutes.
- Gently rinse off with warm water to reveal beautiful restored and supple skin.
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