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Summer Lemon “Aid”

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a tall, cool glass of lemonade. Way back in the day, neighborhood children set up stands on the corner to provide people with some relief from the heat as well as make a few cents for their pockets. But in the summertime, lemons are’t just good for a little tasty goodness and hydration. Lemons are natur’s little miracle with all of the great things they can do for you, head to toe! Let’s take a look at how this seaso’s citrus treasure can help you during the hotter months:

1) For a great dry skin treatment, mix equal parts of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, honey and olive oil in a small bowl. Apply mixture to the dry areas of your skin and let dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. (Do’t forget areas like your elbows, knees, and feet too!)

2) To help keep oily skin smooth and fresh, cut a lemon in half and dip the pulp side into a small amount of granulated sugar. Give it a few seconds to sink into the lemon then rub onto your face in very gentle, circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with cool water. For best results, do this right before bed. This can also be done to your arms and legs for a gentle body exfoliant while in the shower. (Note””do not apply lemon juice to your skin right before any type of sun exposure!)

3) If you want to give your hair a super shiny boost, mix ¾ cup unrefined coconut oil (found in most supermarkets), ½ cup organic honey and 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice together. Add mixture to wet hair and coat evenly. Wrap hair in saran wrap and sit for ½ hour. Remove wrap and shampoo out mixture.

4) Feet sore after a long hot day of beating the pavement? Prepare for this one ahead of time. You will need two lemons, several mint leaves and a bag of marbles. First, take two lemons and slice them into about ¼” slices. Next, take several mint leaves and rinse them in cool water. Top each lemon slice with a damp mint leaf and put it into a ziplock freezer bag and let freeze for several days. Take the marbles, rinse them with water, and put them in a separate freezer bag and freeze them as well. When your feet need pampering, fill up a small soaking bucket with cool water. Add the marbles and lemon/mint slices. Roll your feet around on the marbles, releasing the tension and letting the lemon and mint cool and soothe those aching tootsies! Complete ahhhhh!

5) Give your nails an extra citrus-y treat as well! Zest a lemon making sure you only get the yellow rind, none of the white pith. Put zest into a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Use a small spoon to “press” the zest while in the oil. Let steep for several days in the refrigerator. After that time, use your finger to apply the combined oils into your nails, the nail beds and cuticles to keep them soft and bacteria free. Do’t forget to rub it onto your toes, too. This can be used daily. Keep any unused oil in the refrigerator””it will stay fresh for many months!
It is very important to remember that any lemon-type product””commercial or homemade””should not be used on the skin directly before or after sun exposure. Many people become photosensitive when lemons are used on the face and/or body which can cause a reaction or irritation, although it is very uncommon. Therefore, it is best to do any skin treatments for the face and body in the evening before bed. No matter how you “slice” it, the fact remains that natur’s luscious little lemon is not just energizing and invigorating to our senses but serves as a great healing agent to both our body AND soul!!