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February 15, 2011
Dried Lemon in my Green Tea
If I were trapped on a desert island, I would hope that there were some lemon trees there. Heck, add a coconut tree and I could stay pretty and hydrated and make some really yummy smoothies and desserts, too. (desserts in my desert!)
Lemons are by far one of the most common and inexpensive ways to improve the health of your body, inside and outside. Although I’ll be focusing on the outside part, you should know that lemon water is a great way to reduce your body’s acidity. So, when you drink coffee or alcohol, indulge in too much chocolate or eat a steak, always make sure you have a big glass of fresh water with a slice or two of lemon to increase the alkalinity in your body. Reducing acid in your body will help with all kinds of ailments, from sore joints to premature again, constipation, IBS, fatigue, weight gain, etc.
Note: In a pinch, you can also use that fakey lemon in a lemon-shaped bottle, but this juice is NOT the same thing…so try to get real lemons as often as possible.
Anyhow, lemons are one of those things that the big (evil) cosmetics companies don’t want you to know about. Why? Because lemons do all the things that expensive products do, only better. Better because there are no artificial preservatives, dyes, perfume, emulsifiers, silicones…and the organic (truly, 100% organic) version will only run you a few pennies more.
Tip: If you have very sensitive skin and experience intense burning when using gentle chemical peels, or if you’re allergic to citrus, this is clearly not for you. Stop reading this post because you’ll be disappointed by what you’re missing out on. Also, lemons may increase photo-sensitivity, so WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN (you’re supposed to anyhow) or avoid the sun after using a lemon treatment. Ok, read on.
How to Use:
Sensitive skin: Squeeze a little fresh lemon in a bowl, dilute with distilled water (about twice as much water as lemon) and use a cotton ball to swab on. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse.
Dry Skin: Make a little mix of lemon, water and honey. For very dry skin, use lemon, olive (or jojoba or grape-seed) oil and honey. Use as a mask and rinse.
The Rest of Us: If your skin doesn’t seem to mind the minor irritation, leave pure lemon juice on for as long as you can, like overnight.
Here’s what a regular ol’ lemon can offer you, my friend.
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