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USES FOR LEMONS

Breann Bowman

Eggs, milk, bread, butter, etc... All staple items usually found on a typical grocery list along with whatever produce and goodies you need. All these are on mine too, but at the top of the list is always LEMONS.

Lemons can be used for about a million different things! They are such a wonderful little citrus, and have easily found their way to our lifestyle. Luckily for me, my in-laws have a tree in their backyard that produces huge fruit which I can come pick anytime I want. When in full bloom, I can go through about 8 lemons a week. Here are my top 3 uses for lemons:

Number One: My morning drink. One of my favorite things to get day started is hot lemon water. I slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a tumbler full of hot water, then stir in a spoonful of raw honey to sweeten it up. Hot lemon water balances your pH, along with boosting the immune system, aids in digestion and is wonderful for your skin! If nothing else, do it for the glow!

Number Two: If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest, you've probably seen me rave about the all natural home fragrance I use. Most commonly known as the Williams Sonoma scent, it's the perfect blend of clean and warm and leaves your house smelling glorious. Simply fill a medium size pot with a cup or two of water, once sliced lemon, 2 tbs. of vanilla extract and 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Bring to a simmer and re-fill with water as needed. The scent will fill most of the house as well! Not only is this far cheaper than the wallflowers that I used to constantly buy and refill, but since it's all natural you don't have to worry about filling your home with nasty toxins that can potentially be harmful to small children and pets.

Number Three: Home cleaning and deodorizing. Lemon is wonderful for getting hard water spots off of bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Simply cut in half and rub the open side over tile, faucets, etc. until you see the spots disappear. I love slicing them up and throwing them down the kitchen sink disposal with a bit of baking soda to get rid of bad odors. Again, you're eliminating the use of harmful toxins and chemicals found in typical household cleaners.

I'm so grateful I live in Arizona where citrus is available pretty much year round. Though truthfully, it's not that expensive at the store so I'm sure I'd survive either way. What are you favorite uses for lemons?