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7 Special Uses for Lemon That Will Blow Your Mind

7 Special Uses for Lemon That Will Blow Your Mind

Did you know a single lemon could help you clean house, relieve cold symptoms, eliminate bugs, treat acne, brighten laundry, whiten nails, and remove grease? And to think: you’ve just been squeezing a splash of lemon in your water for all these years, totally unaware of all the other wonderful things you could be doing with it! That’s okay because today you get to learn about 7 special uses for lemon that will blow your mind.

1. Eliminate Refrigerator Stink

A slice of lemon could rid your refrigerator of the stink that makes you say “ew.” To deodorize your smelly fridge, simply chop off a chunk of lemon and squeeze the juice on a cotton ball. Sit that cotton ball inside your refrigerator for a few hours. Of course, if you have any groceries from ancient times that could be causing a stink, you’d be wise to toss those in the garbage.

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2. Relieve Your Sore Throat

Fall is around the corner, so you could find yourself with a nasty cold when the temperature drops. If you do find yourself with an achy throat, you can mix up honey and lemon for a tasty treat that will offer you relief. Brew or microwave some hot water, pour it in your favorite coffee mug, add one tablespoon of lemon, add two tablespoons of honey, and voila! Please note that this mixture will NOT cure, you but it will help your cold suck less. If you fear that you have something worse than a cold, put down your mug, get in the car, and go to the doctor.

3. Scare Away Bugs

Insects are not fans of the acidic smell of lemons, so spraying it in the areas they are gathering will scare them away. For extra protection, wash your kitchen floor with a mixture of hot water and lemon juice to discourage fleas and roaches from treading on your turf.

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4. Beautify Your Skin

Lemons offer a home skin-care treatment that can eliminate acne and blackheads thanks to the wonder food’s antifungal and antibacterial properties. Slice a lemon open, rub it across your face, wait for about 10 minutes, and rinse off with cold water.

5. Brighten Dull Laundry

Bleach can brighten your laundry but if you’re concerned with the not-so-healthy chemicals that are attached to it, lemons can get the same job done. Add about a quarter cup of squeezed lemon juice to your white laundry while it is rinsing. Hang it outside in the sun to dry, let a few hours pass, and come back to discover a shiny white that is as good as new.

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6. Whiten Your Nails

Go ahead and get a bottle of olive oil (one of the healthiest things you can cook with!) and mix that with a little bit of lemon juice. Remove nail polish if you need to, wash your hands, and soak your nails in the mixture for a couple of minutes. This will help you whiten and strengthen your nails so they are more visually appealing and less susceptible to breaking. 

7. Clean Greasy Dishes and Counters

Don’t you hate it when you scrub and scrub and scrub away at grease that will not go away? Drop your chemical-laden cleaners and see if lemons will do the trick. Chop a lemon in two, squeeze it onto your trouble dishes or counters (but not marble ones!), and walk away for a few minutes. Come back and make a paste with a bit more lemon juice and some baking soda or vinegar. Scrub away until the grease is a goner (and then let out a nice “hooray!” or “die, grease, die!” if you so desire). 

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Which of these special uses for lemon are you most excited about?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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