Published: 10/14/2014 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Lemons are one of the most property-rich fruits around, both for health as well as beauty. One of its primary functions for beauty is that it has astringent and disinfectant properties, and is an excellent blood cleanser. It helps keep the skin healthy, young and beautiful, and also makes the eyes shine and the hair become stronger.
Benefits and properties of Lemon
A few outstanding properties for beauty are:
- Perfect for making masks to treat skin conditions.
- Helps fight fungi, marks, wounds, excessive oil on the skin, helps close skin pores, and smooths the skin.
- Is one of the best allies in weight loss.
- Helps fight dandruff and scalp problems (like excessive fat).
- Good for healing wounds without leaving a trace.
- Fights wrinkles and rejuvenates the blood, tissues, and cells.
- Lemon juice fights cavities and dental stains, whitening teeth naturally. If used correctly, it does not damage teeth.
- Helps reduce swelling and cures gums.
- Prevents hair loss.
NOTE: lemon is not recommendable on the skin or dry hair.
Recipes for masks, exfoliator, deodorant, .. whit Lemon
LEMON MASK (for fighting oily skin, blackheads, and pimples)
You will need:
- Two spoonfuls of natural yogurt.
- 10 drops of lemon juice
- One tablespoon of organic honey
Mix ingredients well and apply generously to the face, do not forget your neck. Let set for 10 minutes or until the yogurt dries. Rinse with running water or green tea infusion for best results. Afterwards, apply a soft aloe vera or honey cream. Use this mask every 15 days.
SUGAR AND LEMON EXFOLIATOR
Sugar is one of the best and most affordable exfoliants, while lemon is an excellent natural astringent.
To make this exfoliant you will need:
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- One teaspoon of sugar
- A few drops of lemon
Preparing the exfoliant:
Place a few drops of lemon over the sugar. Do not dilute the sugar, but rather moisten it, making a uniform paste. Softly spread over your face and then rinse. You could use this over your entire body and will notice how soft it makes your skin.
Place one teaspoon of white sugar on a level container and squeeze 1/8 of a lemon in it. Rub it on your face and neck in a circular motion. The granulated sugar serves as an exfoliant. Massage until the sugar dissolves.
LEMON RINSE TO GIVE YOUR HAIR SHINE, AND TO PREVENT DANDRUFF AND SEBORRHEA
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Squeeze half of one lemon into a glass of fresh water and rinse your hair with this water after bathing. Leave lemon juice in your hair without rinsing. Repeat this once a week, or two or three times if your hair is very oil or you have dandruff.
CLEAN YOUR EYES WITH LEMON
If your eyes lack shine, or they look red, dull, or if you have conjunctivitis, drop one drop of lemon in each eye which will help clean them. Do not forget to drink a lot of water to deeply cleanse your eyes, and follow the lemon diet.
CLEAN YOUR SKIN
To clean your skin, make a mixture out of aloe vera with the juice of half of one lemon.
EFFECTIVE AND NATURAL DEODORANT
You can use this with a glass of water or soap to wash your feet or armpits to naturally eliminate odor. Be careful if you use it in your armpits, as this could stain the armpits of a tee shirt or a short-sleeve shirt with sun exposure.
SOFT SKIN MASK (do not use this mask if you have dry skin, or if it tends to be red)
You will need:
- One banana
- 10 drops of lemon juice or 2 drops of lemon essential oil
- One teaspoon of pure honey
Apply this mixture to clean skin and let set for a few minutes. Wash your face and then apply moisturizer.
LEMON RINSE FOR THE GUMS, CAVITY PREVENTION, TOOTH WHITENING, AND FIGHTING BAD BREATH
After washing your teeth perfectly and flossing, squeeze a few drops of lemon in a glass of fresh water. Swish a couple mouthfuls of this mixture for one minute. Rinse your mouth afterward with normal water. Your mouth will feel fresh.
NOTE: never apply lemon directly to the skin. If you use lemon on a wound to heal it, do not expose this area to the sun afterward, as this could stain your skin.
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