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Mother Earth Knows Best

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Keep Lemons in your Medicine Cabinet!

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It i...

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It is an edit of Image:Lemon.jpg to reduce blown highlights and slightly darken image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know of the virtues of lemons – we use it in hot water and sip it to get over a cold, as a refreshing drink on a beautiful summer day; I know it is a great immune system booster and I add it to my daily skin care regiment as mentioned in  previous blogs called Facial Pampering and Skin Care.  I also use lemons to clean my house and as a room freshener.  Lemons are great but this news from an acquaintance in Europe  really caught my attention and I find it important to pass it on to all who want to take on true responsiblity for their own health and avoid industrial and commercial junk we have bombarded with for so long .

Before I go on with the unexpected powerful health benefits of lemons, I would like to start by giving you some tips used in  many european restaurants.  Once I heard about this, I immediately pulled my lemons from the crisper drawer and placed them in the freezer…..

They put their (of course washed) lemons into the freezer before using them.  Once frozen solid, they grate the entire lemon, peel and all, leaving them with no mess and juice splatter to clean up  and nothing to discard – no waste!  You can conveniently sprinkle the frozen lemon over salads, soups, ice cream, juices, fish, reis, sushi – gosh – the list is endless!  Every dish you create will gain a delightful taste effortlessly.  Goes without saying, I use lemons in my daily juice, depending on the recipe I am using for the day.

By doing this you will not only use the entire fruit nor give meals and drinks that nice twist, but the greatest advantage by doing this is that you will increase your Vitamin C intake 5-10 times since the highest concentration of the Vitamin is in the peel – which we usually throw away.  By using this process you will not only obviously absorb more of the Vitamin but you also receive an added benefit -tata! – the peel also breaks down toxic elements in your body.

Now to the news which surprised me two-folds.

Lemons are 10.000 stronger than Chemotherapy.  This statement comes from one of the largest pharmaceutical producers of the world, after conducting more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970.  They state, a lemon extract therapy destroyed cancerous cells in 12 types of cancer, including Breast, Prostate and Lung cancer.  I am stunned that these results were made public, the pharmaceutical industry isn’t known for being forthcoming with such inexpensive ways of keeping cancer at bay, it doesn’t feed their ultra expensive agendas.  Does anyone remember what happened when it was documented that Bitter Almonds are the ultimate butt-kickers in the cancer field?  Bitter Almonds have now have to be pasteurized before being sold and it is illegal to plant a Bitter Almond tree in your back yard –  all  for our own benefit of course…..so yes, this information  did stun me.  The article states, that the lemon is proven 10.000 more effective than a medicine by the name of Adriamycin which is used world-wide to slow the growth of cancer cells.  It also says, that the lemon extract therapy does not attack any of the healthy cells, only the cancerous ones.  Lemons also fights bacterial infections, various fungus and parasites.  It also has other qualities, it regulates high blood pressure, is an anti-depressant and eases stress.

The Lemon – a magical key to living longer and healthier, would you have known???

Keep it Simple

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Natural Skin Care

As stated in one of my earlier posts, we all should be more aware of the many commercial cosmetic products we put onto our skin.  We are so smitten with the sleek cosmetic advertising and the promises they never can deliver on.  We do not care enough to learn that only 5 % of the over 10,000 ingredients known to the FDA have been evaluated for safety.   We let out bodies absorb about 130 various chemicals on a regular basis coming from all the prettily packaged lotions, creams, rubs and sprays.  While the industry and the FDA insist that many of the ingredients are safe (which they very well may be), why is it then that the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from skin care and beauty products vs. only 10 that are banned here in the U.S.?  Just about every day we hear of new studies of commonly used products that after many of years on the market suddenly are declared as harmful because of then unknown side effects of complex chemicals.  We do not know how certain chemicals affect us over the years; on others we do.  As an example, phthalates, often in artificial fragrances, is known to cause sperm damage, infertility and birth defects.

I hope my readers have gained some knowledge and are going to start being more critical of what they put onto their bodies as well as to what they put  into it. Our skin is like a sponge and while small portions may hardly be deadly, the accumulative amount over the years can be very harmful  My best advice is to keep it simple.  Examine labels, know that “natural” and “all natural”  still contain synthetic chemicals which may be toxic.  The terms are not regulated.  Stay clear from fragrances in your lotions, creams and soaps.  Companies are not required to declare the dozens of toxic chemicals  that can be in a product’s mix to mimic the smell of fresh pomegranate.

If  shopping for beauty or grooming products, this is when you really should go with organic  products – or make your own.

Skin Care

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Skin Brightner

quickly prepared and lasts for a week in the fridge.

Lemons

Image via Wikipedia

1/2 cup of cream or milk

1/2 lemon juice

1-2  teaspoon brandy

whisk together and with a cotton pad dab on clean face and neck.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.  I use it once in the morning and once at night.  Feels wonderful!  Afterwards I apply moisturizer as usual.   I suggest to stir if every time prior to use.