Friday, July 7, 2017

Lemony Things

Y'all, I have recently become a lover of lemons. Not just in my Sweet Tea, but in my water, on my salads... Heck, I even tried it in my Diet Coke, once! (Blech! I think I'll stick to my tea, thank you very much.)

Oh, and I'm all about some lemon dishwasher detergent, Lemon Joy, and Bath & Body Works Kitchen Lemon soaps and sanitizers.  Yes, Ma'am. This girl's got to have her lemon scents and flavors. All day. Any way.

This has gotten my wheels turning a bit.
Since when do I like lemons so much?  Ever since I can remember, I've been a fan of all things sweet and sugary... Cherry Blossoms. Sweet Pea. Vanilla Bean.  Apple Cinnamon. Those are the scents and flavors I've loved for years.  And let's not forget CHOCOLATE! But something has changed, and I can't quite put my finger on it.

Throughout my life, if things were sour, or bitter, I naturally steered clear.  Lately, though... I'm beginning to gain an appreciation for these things.  We've all heard the phrase, "When life hands you lemons, make Lemonade!"  But you know what?  You don't always have to dump a bunch of sugar on things to make it better.  Sometimes life needs a little sour.

In fact, studies show that drinking warm lemon water every day, is extremely beneficial health-wise.

And since essential oils are now all the rage in our homes right now, I thought I'd share some of those uses with you, as well.  According to Dr. Axe,
Lemon is best known for it’s ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as a bug repellent.
Wow!! And if that's not enough, Dr. Axe quotes yet another expert; listing many more uses for lemon oil.
According to Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College assistant professor Dr. J.V. Hebbar, the benefits of lemon include:
  • Cleansing and purification
  • Oral health and remedy for halitosis (bad breath)
  • Digestion
  • Thirst quencher
  • Remedy for abdominal colic pain
  • Cough relief
  • Calms stomach and relieves nausea
  • Prevents malabsorption
  • Improves digestion
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Promotes Weight loss
So there. Now you know.

See? Life isn't just all about the sweet things.  We actually need some sour to help us be more balanced and healthy.

Remember that next time you have a bad hair day, or someone pulls out in front of you in traffic and makes you late for work. Or you get into an argument with someone you love, and it just ruins your perspective.

Take it in stride.

A bit of sourness is good for you, and actually adds to your life in a positive way. Just like a little lemon juice adds some yummy goodness to our Sweet Tea.

Mmm.. I think I'll go pour myself a nice tall glass right now.

Cheers, Y'all!
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