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17 Lemon Uses for Natural Beauty and Health

Updated on June 22, 2013

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As you have probably heard, lemons are a natural wonder, healer, cleaner and beautifier. Every time we turn around, a new use for this fruit has been discovered. They are high in vitamin C, have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. The juice itself is said to be about 5% acid, which also makes them useful for a variety of household cleaning applications and an inexpensive part of any beauty regime. Whether you dilute with water or not, lemon peels, rind and lemon juice are a popular addition to any household's list of staples.

I will be updating this list periodically so please share any new and ingenious lemon uses you may discover or hear about - I will be sure to give you credit!

17 and Counting

  1. Lemons, ripened by the sun and sweetened by your imagination

  2. As a lightener-brightener for winter stands - mix lemon juice with your favorite conditioner and apply directly to sections of hair that you want to glow - then go in the sun and relax for a spell before rinsing
  3. Whiten and brighten your nails by splitting a lemon in half and digging those finger tips in -Play for awhile as the citrus works it's magic then moisturize cuticles with Vaseline
  4. Now take the used lemon half and bleach skin on elbows, knees, feet, anywhere you please!
  5. Put a few drop drops into distilled water and use as toner for oily skin - it will also lighten freckles, brown pigmentation and acne scars if applied regularly. Don't forget to moisturize
  6. For an instant zit-zap, mix with baking soda and dab on blemish until dry
  7. Stick cloves into the outside of a ripe lemon, wrap with tulle or sheer fabric and tie top with a bright ribbon - Now use as a sachet! Heavenly, and it makes a great Christmas gift
  8. Drop a lemon wedge in your water to flush toxins from your body and it's medicinal value is endless.
  9. Make and drink real lemonade for it's vitamin C & antioxidant properties - clears and beautifies skin, strengthens immune system and tastes wonderful
  10. Dry lemon zest for fragrant potpourri, sprinkling on top of tiny lemon cakes or your favorite tea
  11. A few lemon peels in the garbage disposal get rid of cooking odors in an instant, better than air freshener!
  12. Pour lemon juice around areas, inside and out, where ants hang out - it is said to repel them
  13. Use as an all purpose cleaner in the bathroom or kitchen. You can use with vinegar for mirrors and windows or with water for counters, toilets and even floors and walls
  14. Use a cap-full with your laundry and/or your dishwasher detergent for a fresh sweet smell
  15. Like baking soda, use a lemon half to freshen your fridge or boil a few slices in water inside your microwave to clean and remove stale food odors
  16. Rub lemon juice on your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse well. The lemon will help kill off unwanted debris and neutralize any odors
  17. Use a half lemon to clean the lime scale off faucets and shower doors, rinse well.

New Uses for Lemons


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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Great ways, thank you!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Audrey you are so amazing, writing all these wonderful hubs and still finding the time to comment! I really need to follow my own advice! I am still drinking coffee almost daily, I must confess, and I know that long term, it is not good. You inspire me so I think I will start up the lemon water again more consistently!

      Thank you for your visit, it means so much to me!


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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Dear Kathy - Just had to read this very helpful hub once again. I just started drinking hot filtered water with lemon first thing every morning. Have been wanting to follow your tip about this for a long time. I dropped the morning coffee and started the lemon water. Yes, I miss the coffee but know even with the anti=oxidants, the lemon water is best for me.

      Enjoyed this just as much as the first time, voted all the good buttons and thanks once again! Love and hugs.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Rehana! Lemons are one of those things that has endless uses and they don't cost much... if anything at all! So glad you stopped by!

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      Wow, this is a great culmination of the different uses and benefits of lemon. Rated up and useful!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Sally, I know - lemons are the best, every time I turn around I find another use for them! Cheap, natural and convenient as your nearest lemon bush.....

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I have always been a big fan of lemons -- the taste was all I needed to keep my tea unsweetened. I didn't know about its other important properties. The smell is so fresh -- whiff of spring and summer!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So nice to see you Sun-Girl. Yes, lemons are so versatile! Thanks very much for your comments!

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice stuff which is well shared.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you workingmomwm - I remember that! Lemons do help with morning sickness, thank you for reminding me!

      The lemon & clove mix smells so good! Great to do near the Holidays because of the smell but anytime would work really! Thank you for your comment!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I'm going to have to try that lemon and clove sachet thing. That sounds like a great air freshener!

      And one more use for lemons: sucking on a lemon can help alleviate morning sickness! I used to go through a big bag a week when I was pregnant (both times)!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Charles, lemons are amazing no doubt!

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      Charles Scott 6 years ago

      Thanks for the good article. I also like how lemon oil can be used in aromatherapy to relax the mind and alleviate insomnia.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you top-bannana! I know, it kills me to have to buy lemons at times when we used to have them dropping off the tree because we couldn't use them fast enough, who knew?

      Thanks for your visit!

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      top-bannana 6 years ago from England

      Great Hub chatkath, when we lived in spain we were inundated with lemons and used to throw them away until mum made lemonade and then there were just never enough lemons. Yummy. Some really useful info

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you RTalloni - I love your avatar image by the way!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Good stuff! :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Emily! Yes, the lemon seems to be the cure-all, wish I knew that years ago when we had a lemon bush with an abundance of over-ripe lemons dropping all over the place! Thank you for your comments and for stopping in!

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      Great tips! I love natural remedies and have used lemon for my hair but will have to try out some of the other tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Vocal Coach - I know, I started reading about all these great things that lemons can do for you, some of them help, I like to put in my tea and my water, but some don't seem to make a difference...I suppose that you have to be especially careful with that voice of yours too :) I am so glad you came by!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow - such a marvelous hub on the benefits of using lemons. I drink Yogi Ginger Root tea daily. It provides healing properties for the upset tummy and tastes great. I just may order the product above - would rather give you a few cents then Trader Joe's :) I have a few brown spots on my legs left over from my teen age days at the beach. So, I am going to use lemon juice on those spots beginning - well - right now! Thanks, my new friend. Rated up!

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      Chen 7 years ago

      Thanks :-)

      Loved it!