Lemons: More than Lemonade

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Lemons. I tend to always have them in my fridge. I use them in juices, hummus, dressings, and sauces.  I squeeze them into soups and on top of meals. They help soften and break down kale for salads. They help balance your body’s pH. They can also bring a bit of brightness to any dish. Rich in vitamin C and a whole host of minerals, lemons should be a staple in your kitchen. But what about in your bathroom? Or even your nail salon?

The other week, I got a pedicure at a local, organic nail salon here in Atlanta and the technician rubbed lemons on my feet. The smell of citrus was invigorating, but I learned lemons are more than just energizing for the nose. They are great for the skin. Lemons act as exfoliators - sloughing off dead skin cells and stimulating new cell renewal. The vitamin C also has been noted to brighten dark areas and even out skin tone. Some people even recommend massaging freshly squeezed lemon juice into your gums to stop bleeding and keep bacteria that causes gum disease at bay.

The benefits of lemons go beyond just taste. They are great for the whole body and easy to find at any grocery store. Stock up and soak up this little wonder fruit by incorporating it into daily routines both in and out of the kitchen.

ingredientsJulie Minchew