I’m sort of stuck on the belief that God has already provided us with everything we need to live long healthy lives. If He made it – it has benefits and I want to know what they are. I can’t help it. I need to know. Plus, if at all possible I prefer not to waste money.
I discovered some of the health benefits of the mighty lemon years ago. I started researching natural remedies because I used to get strep throat every winter which meant that on top of feeling awful, I had to take antibiotics that killed off all of the good bacteria my body needed along with the strep.
The health benefits of lemons is another post. Today’s post is all about the beauty benefits, specifically – the use of lemons in caring for your skin. But I will say this: I haven’t had strep-throat in over 10 years!
If these gorgeous yellow beauties aren’t a staple in your beauty regimen – they should be, the benefits are numerous. Especially for (ahem) mature skin. Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, enzymes, and alpha-hydroxy acids. It is a natural toner that will leave your skin glowing!
Note: All of these recipes call for fresh squeezed lemon juice. That junk in a bottle will defeat the purpose.
Honey-Lemon Facial Scrub
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1tablespoon of olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
Directions: Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to face and neck using gentle circular motions. (avoid eye area) Massage for 60 seconds, rinse off with warm water and blot dry. Apply moisturizer.
Lemon Facial Cleanser
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon natural yogurt, 1teaspoon lemon juice, 2 drops essential lemon oil (see recipe below if you prefer to make your own essential oils)
Directions:Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face using soft circular motions.Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer. (This is a great all natural make-up remover too.)
Essential Lemon Oil
Ingredients: 1 lemon, Cold-pressed olive oil, Small glass bottle with dropper
Directions: Grate the outside of the lemon over a bowl. Fill the small glass bottle halfway with the grated lemon zest. Fill the rest of the bottle with olive oil. Set the bottle on a window sill, preferably one that gets a lot of sun. Leave it there for a few days – remember to shake the bottle a few times a day. Store the lemon oil at room temperature.
Lemon Facial Scrub
Ingredients: ¼ cup seat salt, Lemon juice-enough to make a paste
Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl. Dab gently on your face with fingertips or a cotton ball, then massage into your skin, being careful to avoid your eyes. Leave on for about a minute. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Lemon Face Peel
This is the simplest of all. Dip your fingers into about a ½ tablespoon of lemon juice and pat all over your face. Leave on for about 10 minutes and rinse.Dr Oz.com, Care2.com,
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