45 amazing facts to help you detox your home and body
Natural Remedies (1-19)
As much as we try to eat healthy, we can absorb toxins from environmental sources as well from foods, household cleaning and personal hygiene products. Lemon contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties. Drinking lemon water daily will help detox and purify the blood
Lemon water can prep up your mood and relieve depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it, provides immediate refreshment.
Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria.
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lemon and water for gargling. You can also use a tablespoon of raw local honey for an extra boost in a cup of hot water with your lemon.
Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive or coconut oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. It increases perspiration which aids in reducing fevers. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption lemon water may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with a high concentration of lemon juice and water. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. You can even rub half a lemon across your scalp for the same effect, although this method is best for those with shorter hair styles. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears
Lemon water can reduce phlegm helping provide relief for people with breathing and respiratory problems. For asthma, using 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms. It can even soothe the effects of an asthma attack.
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lemon juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Lemon is known for its well-known antibacterial properties. Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scrapes by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness. It provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body.
Application of lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.
Lemon has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nose bleeds.
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied at the places where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones for the same reasons.
Toxic Free kitchen (20-28)
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Not everyone can make it the farmer’s market and grocery stores spray their produce with chlorine. To avoid any concern of pesticides or chemicals on your produce, slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into a spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant.
Deodorize Your Garbage
Eliminate that funky smell coming from your garbage bin. Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. You can repeat every couple of weeks to keep it smelling fresh. The peels can also be used once a month in your garbage disposal to keep it deodorized and smelling clean.
Keep Guacamole Green
Nothing is worse than displaying your favorite “fresh” guacamole for your guests and it’s turned brown. No worries. Squeeze a good amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. Lemon works well with avocados and the flavor will complement the guacamole. Lemon juice also works great on keeping apple slices white in your fruit salad.
Prevent White Vegetables Turning Brown
Cauliflower tends to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. Squeeze a teaspoon of fresh lemon on them before heating to help them stay white.
Crisp up Soggy Lettuce
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
Sanitize Cutting Boards
Think of all the food your cutting board is used to prepare. To chop onions, peppers, mushrooms, crush garlic, and prepare raw meats and fish. To sanitize and remove odor, take the cut side of half a lemon and rub it all over the board.
Refresh the Fridge
I always used baking soda for this purpose. It turns out, lemon can also remove refrigerator odors. Make sure you’ve removed any of the offending articles first. Place a small amount of lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the refrigerator for several hours
Keep rice from sticking
To keep your rice from sticking together in a gloppy mass, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water when cooking. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.
Remove berry stains
Ever wonder how to get berry stains off your fingers? Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
Around the Home (29-39)
Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
This has to be one of my favorites. You can ant proof your kitchen without insecticides. Lemons to the rescue! It’s a 3 step process starting with squirting some lemon juice under door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
Neutralize Cat-Box Odor
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. Place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top of the stove, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. Simmer the water periodically.
Forget the Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
Bleach Delicate Fabrics
Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicate items in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
Get rid of tough stains on marble
You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.
Clean Tarnished Brass & Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth. Also works on aluminum.
Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
Eliminate Fireplace Odor
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.
Relieve rough hands and sore feet
Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive or coconut oil and
Lemon is an antioxidant which means lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. It acts as an anti-aging remedy reducing wrinkles and removing blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey can bring a natural glow to your skin.
Clean and Whiten Nails
For a natural manicure add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. Gently push back your cuticles and then rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
Cleanse Your Face
Lemon can be used as a treatment for acne and eczema. Dab lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, which also aids in sunburns
Create Blonde Highlights
We all know this one (or maybe it’s a Florida thing) from our teenage days. For salon looking highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water into a spray bottle and spray your hair with the mixture. If you don’t have a spray bottle, simply rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen) until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.