In honor of Beyoncé’s latest visual album release ‘Lemonade’, I decided to put together a list of why Bey loves lemons and why you should too. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits available, seeing as they have countless uses.
Did you know that lemons contain 187% of the daily Vitamin C recommended intake? These are some of my top 10 uses for lemons below. Enjoy!
- Bye bye toxins
Lemon water, especially when consumed in the morning, aids the digestive system and eases the process of eliminating waste products from the body. This morning drink is based on an Ayurvedic tradition- the first thing you put in your body sets the mood for the remainder of the day. A fresh slice of lemon and lukewarm water is all you need. This morning starter will prevent constipation, diarrhea, and ensure you have a smooth bowel movement.
- Add a little spunk to your salad
Lemons are perfect for seasoning salads. They add a rich and delicious taste to an otherwise plain mix of vegetables and the result is exquisite! You have to taste it to enjoy the feeling.
- No time for blackheads
If a blackhead or pimple just popped up the night before a big date, don’t worry because lemons got you! Dab a little lemon juice on your trouble spot and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Do so the following day and with time, your blackheads, spots or acne will disappear.
Please note: some people may experience irritation after applying lemon juice on their skin. If this happens to you, wash off the lemon juice immediately.
- Gets rid of dandruff
If you’re experiencing problems with dandruff, simply dab a lemon juice and water mix on your affected area and massage gently.
There’s a reason Queen Bey didn’t call her album ‘Tonic water’ or ‘Iced tea’. Lemonade is not only delicious, but very easy to make. It can easily substitute soda or a fruity drink.
If you’re looking for a real treat, you may consider adding vodka to your lemonade. That’s sure to lead to some interesting stories later. If you need more cocktail ideas, check these out.
- Natural pesticide
I love the smell of lemons, but my cockroaches and fruit flies? Not so much! If you’re having problems with sugar ants or other pests, try spraying some lemon juice at their point of entry. Soon enough the ants, fleas and roaches will get your message loud and clear.
- Gets rid of odors
Every time you peel garlic, you end up with a funky smell on your hands. Do you know a quick solution to this odor? Washing your hands with soap and water may help, but replacing soap with lemon juice is a more permanent solution. Lemon juice is also great for removing refrigerator odor, odor on cutting boards, etc.
- Win the war against your curls
Combing through curls is a nightmare. It’s one of those things you don’t want to do, but will literally land you in knots if you ignore it long enough. I’ve been there. Slowly whispering silent prayers to Jesus and the hair gods followed by loud crying in a corner at the sight of all the hair that’s fallen off… I don’t know how we do it ladies. Before combing through those curls, apply a coconut oil and lemon juice mix to your hair and watch your curls fall back obediently.
- Lower your salt intake
Your taste buds get the same sensations from sour flavors as they do from salty flavors. Tonight, skip the shaker and substitute it with lemon juice. This is not only a healthy way to make sure you lower your salt intake, but also a delicious tip to help you enjoy your food just as much.
- Sweeten your tea
A slice of lemon added to your tea is a perfect companion to a rainy background. This mix always helps me relax after a long day or times when I just want to stay a little extra warm. Add some Tangawizi (Ginger) while it simmers for extra sweetness (and health benefits).
When life gives me lemons, I always ask for a little extra. Lemons are rich in potassium, Vitamin B6, thiamin, folate and not to mention the whooping amount of Vitamin C I highlighted earlier. They’re one of the quickest ways of boosting your immune system. If life gives you lemons and you feel like you just can’t handle them, please throw them in my direction.