Top five reasons to have lemons in your house

  • 20 May 2019 | Tumelo Buthelezi

Ever thought about using lemons for more than just making lemonade or to enhance the flavour of the fish you're about to eat? They have so many benefits that experts could give you more than 60 reasons why you should grow a lemon tree in the backyard.

Take a look at the list below and see what these amazing citrus fruit have to offer in terms of your home, beauty and wellbeing.

Treat headaches

Quell the pounding force of a hangover headache with a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice in your early cup of hot tea. If one of your friends has never suggested this remedy after a crazy night out, then you’re partying with the wrong crowd.     

Use lemons for skin care

Want an anti-ageing remedy that will also brighten and moisturise your skin? Try using a homemade lemon and honey mask that’s got all the organic essentials the skin needs to fight blackheads, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. The steps are simple to follow and and there are other variations to this treatment that your skin can benefit from

Create a fresh space

Lemons are known to be good all-purpose cleaners – use them to disinfect surfaces and remove unpleasant smells in your home.

Boil them in water on the stove to release their citrus fragrance, or fill a spray bottle with lemon juice and water to help you remove odours in the room with ease.

Keep insects out of the house

Bug-proof the house with a natural solution. Squirt lemon juice on door thresholds and anywhere else where insects may appear. Wipe the window sills and mop the floors with water containing the juice of squeezed lemons to send a strong-smelling message to cockroaches and fleas that they aren't welcome.

Small slices of lemon peel can also be useful repellents if placed in wardrobes, cupboards  and any other space that insects can hide in.   

Maintain good oral health and treat respiratory problems

Lemons always make the list when people speak of citrus fruits having a myriad health benefits. They are packed with essential nutrients that can boost your immune system, provide relief for sore throats, fight inflammation and help you with weight loss. So add a cup of lemon water to your morning routine.

And the next time life gives you lemons, do a lot better than simply make lemonade!