45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off | REALfarmacy.com |

Do you still have a few lemons sitting the the back of your refrigerator waiting to be used?  I know I do.  Or have you ever thought about growing a lemon tree in your yard?  Well REALfarmancy.com has provided us 45 ways to put those lemons to use and ensure nothing goes to waste.

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1. Freshen the Fridge

Remove refrigerator odors with ease.  Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours.  Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

2. High Blood Pressure

Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.

3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown

Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.

4. Mental Health

Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.

5. Refresh Cutting Boards

No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

6. Respiratory Problems

Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly.

7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism

Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce

inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.

8. Prevents Kidney Stones

Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.

9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen

You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the

lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

10. Anti-Aging

Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.

11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash

You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.

12. Treat Infections

Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.

13. Deodorize Your Garbage 

If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.

14. Keep Guacamole Green

You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.

15. Purges The Blood

We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.

16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp

Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

17. Oral Health

Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches

18. Lighten Age Spots

Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.

19. Create Blonde Highlights

For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.

20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier

Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.

21. Clean and Whiten Nails

Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.

22. Cleanse Your Face

Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.

23. Freshen Your Breath

Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.

24. Treat Flaky Dandruff

If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.

25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble

You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective

26. Remove Berry Stains

It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.

27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows

Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.

28. Headaches 

Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.

29. Chills and Fevers

Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.

30. Diptheria

Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.

31. Vaginal Hygiene

Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.

32. Forget The Moth Balls

A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.

33. Stomach Health

Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.

34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes

Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.

35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash

You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.

36. Remove Warts

You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.

37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics

Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.

38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome

Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner

Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.

40. Boost Laundry Detergent

For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.

41. Rid Clothes of Mildew

Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor

There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.

43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor

You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.

44. Deodorize a Humidifier

When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.

45. Reduce Asthma Symptoms

In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.



Juicing for Dogs – Hip Dysplasia

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Juicing fruits and vegetable and the use of oil’s and herbs have been known to help many people with arthritic conditions, so why wouldn’t it help dogs as well?  As many dog owners know, hip dysplasia is a very common condition for most all dogs but mostly found in larger breeds. Hip dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation), leading to an arthritic condition called osteoarthritis,  a form of joint inflammation which eventually causes loss of function of the hip joints.  Luckily for us (and our pups) there are tons of delicious natural foods with anti-inflammatory properties that will go practically unnoticed in juice or dog food.

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INGREDIENTS:

The absolute BEST foods for inflammation are foods rich in Omega-3 like Salmon, Flax-Seeds, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds so when juicing for your dog (& Yourself) Add some Flax Oil, Hemp Seed Oil or Primrose Oil to the juice; or if not to the juices add to your pets food. Carrots and other dark green leafy vegetables will also help fortify  bones against age related damage and hereditary issues.  Ginger, Lemon and Garlic also have inflammatory properties but may not appeal to you pet due to the strong smell and taste, but if they don’t mind try using them as well.

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So depending on your dog, play around with some different ingredients like carrots, celery, beets, cucumber, cucumber, kale etc and add some Omega-3 rich oils like Flax Seed and Hemp and try to make it as often as possible .

When using a home juicer the sooner you give it to him the better, nutrients are lost over time.   If you do not have a juicer try and at least to give your pet Omega-3’s whenever possible.  Enjoy!

My Review of the Downtown L.A.’s Wholesale Produce Market

L.A’s ‘Secret Garden’ for those truly Living the Plantlife.

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Have you ever wondered where most restaurants, cafes and food trucks go to get their produce?  Well, you too can go where the pros go at the LA Wholesale Produce Market.  All you need is to set your alarm early, being some cash and be ready to bargain!

Where / When:

7th & S. Central Ave, Los Angeles CA 90021

Hours: Monday – Saturday 4:30am – 12:00pm CLOSED Sunday

Where to park:

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What to know:

Once you get there, the market is split into two sections.  The New Market, built for large business & restaurant owners and the Old Market which caters to small business and non-business owners who only want a case or two.

New Market

• If purchasing multiple cases • Want to set up credit line with vendor • Delivery options available • Possible permits/business licenses Required

Old Market

• 1-2 cases • Pay cash for better deals • No delivery options available (Fill up your car/truck) • No permits/business licenses required

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For both markets, the vendors sell will be selling in bulk at wholesale prices.  Yes, that’s right, everything here is sold in BULK so that means nothing smaller than a case.  The amount of produce in a case will differ depending on what you buy but for things like watermelon or coconuts a case might be just what you need! (there are about 5 watermelons or 9 coconuts per case).

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What to bring:

Come early, and come with cash.  This is definitely a place where deals are made and cash is king.  Clear out your back seat or bring a SUV/Truck.

Quick Tips:

  • Ask for Organic.
  • Ask to try the produce before you purchase.
  • Shop at numerous vendors to find the best deal and best product

Top Super-food Snack Essentials

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100% Super-food for sustained energy between meals!  High in protein, Omega 3-6-9 and powerful anti-cancer antioxidants.

Walnuts, Almonds, Cranberries, Goji

Walnuts* – Walnuts are particularly nutritious, providing a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

Almonds* – Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; the kind of well-balanced food ensuring protection against disease and cancer.

Cranberries – these colorful fruits are antioxidant superstar.  Weather the berries are dried, frozen or juiced, they are an excellent sources of antioxidants.

Goji – Goji berries have been linked with wrinkle reduction and slower aging. This is due to the aging process being slowed down by the antioxidants contained within the berries.

*Almonds and Walnuts are particularly nutritious, however, they are considered to be a concentrated source of calories, so be sure to consume only the amount necessary within your dietary necessities or restrictions.

Just mix these 4 in a bag and of course Enjoy!

Top 5 Ways to Incorporate Flax Into Your Daily Diet

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Are you getting organic fiber, Omega-3 and Omega-6 in your diet?   Try out these 5 super simply ways to add more of this Superfood Powerhouse into your daily diet!

In addition to a balanced plant-based diet, the recommended daily intake for Ground or Milled Flax Seeds is 1-2 tablespoons (16g) per day.

1 tbsp Ground (7g): Cal 37 • Fat 3g • Pro 1g • Omega-3 • 1597mg Omega-6414

1. Add to Protein Shake

As many of you may know, sometimes it can be difficult to consume enough protein in your daily diet.  Adding 1 or 2 Protein Supplement shakes to your daily routine will get you closer to reaching your daily-recommended intake.

Add 1 Tablespoon of Ground Flaxseeds for every 1 protein shake.

2. Mix in Pancake/Waffle batter

Who doesn’t love pancakes?  Adding in ground-up Flax Seeds will give your pancakes a delicious organic earthy texture and flavor; they will definitely add a new dynamic to this American breakfast staple.

Add 1 tablespoon of Ground Flaxseeds for every 1 Cup of Pancake mix

3. Add to Oatmeal

With Oatmeal and Flax Seeds sharing similar flavors, the Flax Seeds will go almost completely unnoticed when into your hot, fresh Oatmeal.  After heating up your oatmeal, simply turn off the heat and mix in the ground flax seeds.  Then top your oatmeal with walnuts, raw honey, dried cranberries, cinnamon or any of your other favorite toppings.

Add approximately 1 tablespoon of Ground Flaxseeds for every 1 Cup of cooked Oatmeal.

4. Add to Yogurt

Most soy/vegan yogurts are very low calorie, low cholesterol and high in protein making them the perfect in-between meal supplement.  Add some ground flax seeds and other toppings to increase the yogurts nutritional value.  Another topping we would also recommend adding to yogurt is Chia Seeds.

Add approximately 1/2 tablespoon of Ground Flaxseeds for every 1 Cup of Yogurt.

5. Add to Granola

Granola is definitely a favorite for the health conscious who are on-the-go.  Easy to make from home and potentially very nutritious, you can add numerous superfoods that will give you the energy you need between meals.

Add approximately 1 tablespoon of Ground Flaxseeds for every 1 Cup of Granola.

Remember, To receive the full benefit of flax, we recommended 1-2 tablespoons (16g) of Ground or Milled flax per day.  So Mix it up! and try adding Flax to different meals on different days!  and of course, Enjoy!