Lemon is one of the most widespread citrus fruits, which is rich in minerals and vitamins that are important for our health.
Besides the popular healing properties of the sour lemon juice, which refreshes even the biggest thirst in an instant, and treats any cold, even its yellow crust that protects the fruit should never be neglected. It is namely an ally of beauty and the clean house, so you should never throw it away. Here’s what you can use it for:
Reduces cholesterol and has detoxifying effect on the body
The zest of a homemade lemon, without any chemicals, is a source of antioxidants, especially the white crust that surrounds the fruit. It is rich in flavonoids which normalize cholesterol levels, and are very effective as natural cleaners of the organism.
Grate the lemon zest and pour it with water, let it stay for a few minutes and then strain a little lemon juice. For body cleansing, it is recommended to drink this during the week, every morning.
Softens dry skin on elbows
Mix a grated lemon zest with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of strained lemon juice. Mix the mixture and apply on dry elbows and feet after shower.
Mix a half cup of sugar with a grated lemon zest, add 1/8 cup of olive oil and your natural body scrub is ready. Use this peeling on wet skin, Massage the entire surface of the body, leave it for ten minutes for an effect and wash under running hot water.
Disinfection of kitchen surfaces
The zest has antibacterial properties which make it ideal for disinfecting kitchen surfaces. It is recommended to clean the kitchen cutting boards, which are otherwise cleaned with aggressive chemicals, as advised. The board should be sprinkled with boiling water, and then rub the surface with a grated zest, mixed with lemon juice.
Natural cleaner of the microwave
Add grated lemon zest and water into a ceramic pot and place it in the microwave oven on a highest temperature for about 3 minutes for the mixture to boil, and its steam will clean stubborn stains and will neutralize odors from food in the microwave.
A mixture of the lemon zest is used to clean the scale on the surface of the sink. In a pot put on a highest temperature, add lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, pour 3 dl. water and let it boil. Then strain it and pour on surfaces covered with scale, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Protects against insects
With the arrival of spring, your home will become a bait for ants and many other insects, but you can “expel” all of these using a zest of a lemon. Make a few cuts with a knife in the lemon zest and its essential oil that leaks will prevent unwanted guests in your home.