The Power of Lemons – For home, health and beauty

Lemon Power

The title of this article, The Power of Lemons, is really an understatement.  When I decided to write this article I had no idea just how powerful lemons really were.  As I did my research I realized that one article would be way too long to summarize all of the information I was gathering.  Since the power of lemons spans across all of my content and then some, I really wanted to present my readers with all of the information I could.  So,  I have decided to break this article up into four sections with this article being the introduction.   Below you will find a link in every category on Home Aide Good about lemons.  Cooking with lemons, cleaning with lemons, using lemons as medicine and a post on lemons under my newly created category, Homemade Cosmetics, which was inspired by you know what… yup, Lemons!
I played around with the idea of creating this new category some time ago.  Up until now I have categorized my homemade cosmetics posts under the Home Remedies category.  Lemons have changed the game my friends.  The recipes and tips I discovered on using lemons to beautify oneself deserves a class of its own.  Click one or click them all, but, above all, please enjoy my tribute to The Power of Lemons.
Cleaning with Lemons
Using Lemons as Home Remedies
Using Lemons in Your Cosmetics
Cooking with Lemons – Coming Soon

The Power of Lemons – Cleaning with Lemons

Homemade Clean with Lemons

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Lemons are increasing in their popularity for use as a very good cleaning agent in the home.  Whether in the form of essential oil or used freshly cut and raw, there is something about the scent of lemon that screams fresh and clean.  The oil of the lemon, which is very abundant in the skin, is actually a pretty good disinfectant for the home.  Lemon is versatile.  There is no one way to use it in a cleaning regimen.  Below is a list I have gathered for some of the best uses of lemon around the web.

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The Power of Lemons – Home Remedies

Lemons for Home Remedies

Lemons are a well rounded staple ingredient in home remedies.  The health benefits of lemons are endless.  The fruit is a well known remedy for colds and flu being naturally high in vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, potassium and calcium.  What many may not know about lemon is that it is an acidic citrus fruit which restores the pH of the body to a more alkaline state upon consumption.  It has almost zero fat and cholesterol and works with the body to lose weight faster.  The pectin fiber in lemons make it supremely beneficial for digestive and colon health.  The benefits of lemons are endless but the fruit works best when used as a preventative health measure.

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The Power of Lemons – Homemade Beauty

Lemons for Beauty and Personal Care

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When I began researching lemons and their various uses I had no idea I would find so many uses for lemons in homemade beauty concoctions.  I found a plethora of great uses for lemons on your skin, hair, nails and even your feet and your smile.  Needless to say I had to share all of this stuff.  It was never my intention to highlight the use of lemons in personal care.  I just so happened to stumble upon this stuff.   I have to admit that the only lemon beauty remedy I knew of prior to this discovery was adding lemons juice/oil to witch hazel astringent for use as a toner… No Idea!  So, pardon my amazement, but without further adieu, The Power of Lemons in Beauty Products.

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Simple and Easy Summer Beverages

These are not your ordinary Iced Teas and Lemonades folks. These are summer beverages that POP!

I know it’s a little late in the season for this but, I just wanted to share how much fun I have been having re-creating delicious iced teas and lemonades this summer.  One of the things I love about summer is the re-opening of my local farm stand where I can go to discover new and exciting foods.  Last year I discovered Apple Mint leaves.
Overbrook Farmer's Market in Philly

Overbrook Farmer’s Market in Philly

Apple mint is a sweet mint.  It’s not as pungent as spearmint or peppermint, which makes it perfect for summer beverages.  I have an entire process dedicated to making iced teas and lemonades that I am more than happy to share with you here.

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Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

I absolutely love all of the vinegar cleaning solutions that I find on the web.  I love that green cleaning is becoming more popular and that more of us are seeking non-toxic, earth friendly, frugal solutions to everyday life challenges.  Even Heinz has jumped in on the wave.  They have now added a “cleaning strength” white vinegar to their line of products.  Don’t fall for this non-sense by the way.  I don’t use Heinz Cleaning Vinegar, I use Shoprite brand.  Its cheaper and it works just fine.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the more practical vinegar cleaning solutions that I use most often around the house.  In the last month, I have cleaned with white vinegar in the following ways:

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