Today’s post will be quick as I forgot to write it over the weekend. Hopefully it will be helpful to you! Recently I was making hummus and needed a couple of lemons juiced. My method in the past has been to roll them around a while on the countertop to help break up the membranes and then half and squeeze them. I find it hard to do and somewhat tiresome. A friend had used a citrus squeezer when I was in her home and it seemed very useful. So right in the middle of my hummus preparation I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and picked up the citrus squeezer she had. Oh, my! Easy, easy! I love squeezing lemons with this tool. Fun and quick! One day this past week while at work, I could not quench my thirst. I had herbal tea and also water with me and neither were doing the trick. When I came home I found a half lemon in the refrigerator and decided to make homemade lemonade with it and some local honey. Whipped out the citrus squeezer and in no time had some fresh lemonade that did quench my thirst. It made all the difference – the citrus squeezer AND the lemonade! By the way – this will also squeeze limes.
There are many ways to use fresh lemon juice and there are about as many reasons to drink lemon water. Here are some of the benefits: aids the liver in detoxing if ingested each morning, full of vitamin C, potassium, digestive benefits such as relieving bloating, heartburn and burping, helps reduce inflammation by flushing uric acid out of joints, can aid in weight loss by normalizing the alkaline acid balance. I also read in two different places that it helped some reduce their caffeine intake. It can also be used in making a great electrolyte drink by mixing warm water, honey and a pinch of salt (use Real Salt or Celtic) with fresh lemon juice. One quote I’ve seen in the past says there is almost nothing drinking lemon water can’t help! Besides that it tastes delicious.
Here is a simple recipe for homemade lemonade that is especially useful when you or a member of your family is sick. (Thanks, Shawna!) Drink plenty to help your body fight off whatever it needs to. (Always be sure to dilute lemon with water – warm is especially helpful if you can. It can be hard on teeth enamel when used straight. If you are interested in obtaining lemon essential oil or have questions regarding them, be sure to let me know.)
- 3 large or 6 small lemons, squeezed
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (or sub grade B maple syrup – not as many health benefits)
- 1/2 gallon water or to taste
- 1 – 3 drops Young Living Essential Oil if desired
- Warm some of the water to dissolve honey or stir honey in small amount of water.
- Mix lemon juice with water and add the dissolved honey.
- Add lemon essential oil.
- Mix well.