10 things to do with your lemons when your tree is being an overachiever

10 things to do with your lemons when your tree is being an overachiever

Salzstein Province

Ever since we moved into our current home the tiny lemon tree in from of the house have been producing lemons non-stop for almost eight years now. After a while we even started giving them away to family and friends because we just could not keep up with the amount of lemons this little guy was producing. And so with time we started experimenting with the lemons, trying less conventional uses for them, and it turns out that there are a gazillion and one uses for lemons! I thought that I would share my ten favourites with you guys.

Health

  • For a sore throat; combine half a cup of hot water, a few squirts lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. This will help fight the bacteria in the throat that’s causing the discomfort, since both honey and lemon juice contains antibacterial properties.
  • For minor cuts and bruises; applying a dab of lemon juice to minor cuts and bruises, it not only disinfects the wound, but should also stop the bleeding. You can also apply it to bleeding gums to stop them from bleeding, but always remember to rinse your mouth afterwards as the acidic levels in lemon juice can be harmful to your teeth’s enamel with prolonged exposure.
  • Removing warts; the acids in lemon juice will eventually dissolve the warts with regular application.

Beauty

  • Great for skin care; you can either use it as an exfoliating scrub/rub (rubbing half a lemon in a circular movement on your skin for about 5 mins before rinsing it with warm water) , a nourishing mask (to remove blackheads), or as a treatment for dark marks or scars on your skin. Citrus is full of anti-oxidants and packed with tonnes of vitamins and minerals, which is great for all skin types.
  • It’s also really great for yellow and/or dull nails; combining a 3:1 olive oil and lemon juice mixture to your nails helps remove build up that acetone or other chemicals just cannot get off. Plus the oil nourishes your nails for a freshly manicured look, and super healthy nails.

Food

  • Next time you have no idea what to do with the chicken breasts you bought for dinner, try combing four table spoons olive oil, a teaspoon of mixed herbs, two table spoons lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic to taste, for the most delicious lemon and herb marinade. Leave the chicken in this for roughly two hours before cooking, to ensure it soaks up all the flavour. The lemon juice also helps break down the proteins in the chicken leaving it super tender and juicy when cooked.
  • Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer …DELICIOUS

At home

  • Clean and disinfect wooden chopping boards; rub half a lemon on to the board until it comes clean, and rinse off.
  • To remove stains or to whiten your delicates; soak your clothes with a mixture of equal parts baking soda and lemon juice in water for half an hour before machine washing it, or for those tough stains make a paste of the baking soda and lemon juice and rub it on the stain before machine wash.
  • Rejuvenate brass, Polish chrome or cutlery; simply make a paste from lemon juice and creme of tarter and apply to the item, leave it on for five minutes before washing it off and polishing it.

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