Look Lively With Lemon

by Gail Miller

Did you know that the juice and essential oil of lemons can be of great benefit to mind, body and spirit? The lemon tree is believed to have originated in India and was introduced into Italy in the 5th century. Cultivation then spread to other parts of the world. In ancient times, lemon peel was used to repel insects as well as for adding fragrance to garments. This super fruit can be used in so many ways and here I bring you a few ideas for utilizing this most therapeutic and useful plant.

One of the most important properties of lemon, is its ability to defend the body against infection. This is a valuable asset for both illness and external wounds as lemon can stimulate the body's white corpuscles, improving the body's ability to defend itself from infection.

Essential oil of lemon is well known for its ability to energize and revitalize. Give yourself an invigorating body massage first thing in the morning to get you going. Add approximately 3 drops to a teaspoon of 'carrier' oil (sweet almond is best known)  and rub the oils into your arms and legs. Get your partner to rub the oil into your back - then return the favor!

Lemon juice is excellent for colds and sore throats. It's astringent and antiseptic qualities help soothe and its high vitamin C levels help boost the immune system.

Lemon juice and a spoonful of runny honey in hot water can do wonders for the virus stricken. Its anti viral properties are very useful for combating cold spots, too.

Dilute a few drops in some warm water with a few grains of salt added. Dab on the cold spot. It will help it to heal so much more quickly. Oily skin can be toned with lemon juice and water, and a few drops added to a whisked egg white makes an excellent face mask for spotty or greasy skin. Use sparingly on dry skin though.

For hard skin on elbows or feet, rub the affected area with half a lemon for about 10 minutes. Mix lemon juice with a couple of spoons salt for exfoliation of the skin. 

Did you know that lemon juice can be good for the state of your scalp? To treat dandruff, rub the scalp with the juice of one lemon. Leave for a few minutes and rinse off. It can also add shine to dull and lifeless hair. Just add the juice of half a lemon to your final rinse water.

Finally, lemon essential oil, added to an oil burner in a study room can sharpen focus and induce a sharpening of the intellect. According to aromatherapy texts, it calms, lightens and disperses confusion.

Note: Every reasonable care is taken over the information offered here, however no responsibility or liability whatsoever will be taken for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any information, treatment, or application of any advice or tips presented herein.

Copyright 2000 by Gail Miller. Reprinted with permission. 
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