One of the staples in my kitchen is lemon. I love the refreshing taste and enjoy using them for a citrus flavor in my cooking endeavors. And of course, there is lemonade! Both my children love a glass each after their outdoor play on a hot sunny day (who doesn’t, right?) and I will be promptly serving them their favorite drink in a jiffy.
We are all familiar with this type of uses of lemon juice- as an ingredient in recipes and also to make lemonade. You may also know of the traditional use for lemons to help soothe sore throats as well. But did you know, lemon has some pretty unnatural uses too?
In fact, lemon is my best friend and keep it closer than you think in some odd circumstances. Once you read this list I bet you that you will never be without a fresh lemon in your house again.
10 Uncommon Uses of Lemon Juice
Reduce High Blood Pressure – Nausea – Dizziness
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness. So, when you are feeling a bit of nausea and/or dizziness you can suck on a lemon or just add a few squeezes to your glass of water.
Keep Guacamole Green and Sliced Apples White
Sprinkle or squeeze a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice onto the top of your guacamole or onto your apples to keep them both from turning brown. The citrus from the lemon complements both well.
Lemon juice helps stop bleeding gums and helps reduce toothaches. Sprinkle onto your toothbrush before brushing or squeeze a bit into your mouth and swish it around to help stop bleeding. It may sting but it will help fast.
Pamper your fingernails with a manicure nail soak using the juice of 1/2 a lemon to 1 cup of water. Let fingers soak for 5 minutes and when done rub your nails with the lemon peel and watch them whiten and shine.
Dab lemon juice onto your blackheads to draw them out during the day. An easy way to apply it is by dipping the lemon juice onto a Q-Tip and dabbing it on the spots where you have blackheads. Do this as a routine to keep them away.
Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows and Feet
Itchy elbows and heels are bad enough for you, but they also look terrible. Create a great exfoliate by mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a paste. Rub onto the dry, scaly skin to help exfoliate the skin.
Avoid using those harsh chemicals on your skin by applying lemon juice with a Q-Tip to the wart daily. It will take a few days or the acid in the lemon juice to dissolve the wart completely.
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Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Clean that brass and chrome you were thinking of throwing away because of how tarnished and foggy it looked with a little lemon juice. Just mix together lemon juice with salt or baking soda to create a paste. Coat the affected area with the paste and let sit for a few minutes before washing with warm water, rise and polish it dry.
Remove Berry Stains From Your Hands
You might know what it is like cooking with berries or picking them. When you finish up your fingers are always stained blue, red, or purple and you can never really get the stains to go away. Wash your hands with undiluted lemon juice. Wait a few minutes before rinsing and then wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your fingers and hands are stain-free
Create Blonde Highlights
I think this idea is pretty smart! Lighten your hair and create natural looking blonde highlights by rinsing your hair with a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon juice with 3/4 cups of water. After rinsing sit in the sunlight until your hair dries. For the maximum results, repeat once daily for up to a week.
So what do ya’ll think? Feel a new respect for lemons? These uncommon or unnatural uses of lemon juice will help you tackle your life with a refreshing vigor. May the Lemon Ninja be with you sisters! 😉