Lemon Love

Since I couldn’t find citric acid OR rennet at the health food store (I was going to make homemade mozzarella cheese, and blog about it….I know… it would have been FASCINATING) – I decided my next home project would be to work with what I did have…..and what was on sale:-)

This week, I’m ALL about the power of lemons.

I’ve always known that lemonade was dee-lish, that a little bit of lemon juice can soothe a sore throat and that a slice of lemon in a glass of cold sweet tea is equal to perfection….  BUT I didn’t know that lemons are good for MANY other things. More than I could ever mention in this blog post.  After reading more about this sour little fruit, I have much more respect for it….and vow to never run this house without at least one lemon on hand at all times.

Here are a few things about lemons I bet you didn’t know…..

They are: antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting.  Lemons are also a digestive aid and a liver cleanser.

Here are a list of maladies that can be cured by lemons:

varicose veins, canker sores, fever, cold & flu, corns and calluses, eczema, acne, fatigue, hypertension, bug bites, insomnia.

A bit of lemon essential oil helps with fatique, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness & tension and can also help increase concentration and alertness.

Soooooo…….yeah, I love lemons!

Here is what I did this evening….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshly-squeezed homemade lemonade for the fam ( I drank some).  I will also freeze some into cubes for lemon slushies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful jar of preserved lemon slices for whatever ails us. Or we can just eat them right out of the jar……sluuuurp! My daughter LOVES lemons……so that’s a bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took the zest of two lemons (doubled the recipe) and I’m infusing it in cold-pressed olive oil to make our own lemon essential oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEVER throw anything away! (well, mostly) – I’m freezing this bag of lemons for making homemade cleaner, or using it in fish dishes, etc.  I have come to believe that being wasteful is being ungrateful to God for his blessings.  He has blessed us with food, and I am determined to not waste anything He has given me.

So, there it is…..the lemon should be respected.  It is far more than just a fruit.  Fall is knocking on our back door, and I don’t want to face cold and flu season without an arsenal of homemade lemon products.  The Good Lord gave us all of these wonderful things…..I’m ready to stop using so many products with preservatives, chemicals and just….junk.  Anything that I can try and make at home, I’m going to do it.

Here are the links if you’d like to learn more, or try some of these recipes for your home:

 

http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/Physical-Health/Hidden-Health-Secrets-of-Lemons.aspx

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/homemade-lemon-essential-oil

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_preserved_lemons/

http://www.autailgate.com/toomers-lemonade

http://smilinggreenmom.com/2010/07/make-your-world-cleaner-fresher-with-lemons/

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