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There s that overused lemon quote which doesn t quite cover the assortment of benefi ts lemons have to offer. Lemonade is just the beginning. Right from marinating c hicken and zinging up cocktails to strengthening nails and curing dandruff, lemo ns might just be the answer to most of your health problems. By Shruti Sawant | Health.India.com Tue 31 Dec, 2013 2:02 PM IST.. . . Email Share31

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. . Obvious things first, lemons can fulfill 88% of your daily Vitamin C needs. Its eye-wringing sourness might have been an inspiration for pranks and amusement du ring our childhoods, but from its peel to its pulp, lemons are bursting with nut ritional gifts. They contain virtually no fats and absolutely no cholesterol. Vi tal minerals like magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc can be found in lemons. Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin are present in some quantities too. The oils present in the zest of a lemon have various skin benefits. Coupled with ample Vitamin C, healthy looking skin is just one of the boons lemons have to o ffer. Lemon oil mixed with honey is an effective treatment against eczema, acne and blackheads. Hot water spritzed with lemon juice in the morning can work wond ers against constipation. Soaking nails in a mixture of diluted lemon juice can harden them and impart natural sheen. Consumption of lemon juice can strengthen your immune system and provide protect ion against flu and fever. Chewing a wedge can beat bad breath and the after tas te of cigarettes. Green tea flavoured with lemon zest has a calming effect on th e senses. Room fresheners and scented candles include citrus smells since they a lleviate tension and are known to increase brain activity. (Read: What food item s should my kid eat during winters to build immunity?) lemon2 Thus, we can see that lemon tends to improve anything and everything about the h uman body. However, leaving lemon juice on your skin for long periods of time ca n be harmful too. It increases chances of sunburn. The acidic nature can cause i nflammation and irritation of the skin. Always use lemon juice mixed with water or honey to dilute its strength and prevent harm. Also, unmonitored consumption of lemon juice can erode teeth enamel and irritate mucus membranes.

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Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Pinterest . . . . Here are a few easy recipes that you can use to eliminate skincare and hair issu es on a domestic level: Acne and Blackheads Their antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a na tural alternative to treat acne. Simply slice open a lemon and rub it across you r face. Or you can add a few drops of honey to a lemon half before applying it d irectly to the area where you have blackheads. Wait five to 10 minutes before ri nsing off with cold water. (Read: Blackheads bothering you? Here s some expert ad vice!) Whitening Teeth Lemon juice mixed with a little baking soda is a natural teeth w hitener. Dip an ear bud in this mixture and apply onto teeth. Take care not to l eave the mixture on for more than a minute as it can break down tooth enamel. Fo llow up by gently brushing your teeth afterwards. Foot Scrub For your next home pedicure, combine the juice of half a lemon, 2 tab lespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Massage the mix on your feet thoroughly and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. This mixtu re scrubs and moisturizes your feet and helps in eliminating the dryness. (Read: Manicures and pedicures what your beautician won t tell you) Exfoliating Mask The combined anti-bacterial properties of lemon and honey make this a great cleansing and exfoliating recipe. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice w ith ¼ cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until a uniform paste is formed and apply onto a clean, make-up free skin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Don t hesitate to sneak a taste too.

Chapped lips It is as easy as massaging lemon wedges onto your lips before you g o to sleep. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning. Lemon juice wor ks as an exfoliant and removes any dead skin cells resulting in softer, smoother lips. (Read: How do I treat dry lips?) Hair Growth We all know coconut oil works wonders for hair growth. Give it a boo st with a few drops of lemon juice to get lustrous, thicker and healthier hair. Dandruff Probably one of the most well-known and proved benefits of lemon, it ha s been able to effectively eradicate hair problems related to dandruff and dry s calp. It is as simple as rubbing lemon slices onto your scalp and leaving the ju ice on for an hour or so. You can magnify the effect by adding 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Follow it by washing your hair with lukewarm water. Conditioning This might be a weird one, but it has proven to be an effective con ditioner. Mix the juice of an entire lemon with ½ a cup of yogurt and a raw egg. M ix until it forms a thick paste and apply all over scalp and hair. Leave it long enough so that it dries and wash off using a mild shampoo. Regular, weekly cond itioning with this recipe will yield lustrous, thicker, softer hair. (Read: Are you using the right hair conditioner?) So, we can see how versatile lemon is when it comes to skincare, haircare and di et. But if you don t need any of these DIY treatments, because you maybe endowed w ith inherently flawless skin and hair, you can always find some tequila!

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