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Honey and lemon is a well known old wives remedy for sore throats and colds. Few people realise that lemons can be used for far more than just lemonade, lemon meringue pie and as an accompaniment for fish. Lemons primarily contain citric acid along with vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, a bioflavonoid that is claimed to be an antioxidant with anti cancer properties and limonene which helps fight infection and increases immunity. Many other claims have been made along with one that lemon juice can help to prevent the formation of kidney stones and a study that finds that lemons may help with arthritis. Lemons can be used in other ways that can be beneficial to your health in the longer term. Cleaning without chemicals As any home owner will testify there are chemical cleaners available for just about any cleaning job around the house, some can be quite expensive besides not knowing what long term effects the use of the chemicals will have. Lemons and lemon juice are natural, biodegradable as well as simple and effective as a cleaning solution. Lemon juice can be used to remove those hardened food splatters that are common in microwaves and will not damage the surface. All it requires is heating three tablespoons of lemon juice in one and a half cups of water in a microwavable bowl on high for five to ten minutes, then wiping the condensation away from the inside of the oven with a clean cloth. Chopping boards that are used for cutting raw meat, particularly wooden ones, are said to harbour potentially harmful bacteria that can cause disease if they are not cleaned properly. Washing the board with soap and water is often not enough. Using coarse salt and rubbing it over the board with the flesh side of half a lemon will clean it more effectively as lemon is a natural disinfectant. Lemons are good for cleaning hands as well. Natural pain relief Aches and pains can become a part of daily life as you get older, but are not confined to the elderly, muscle injuries with swelling can happen at any age. Pain can be eased and inflammation reduced with several drops of lemon oil mixed with a tablespoon of jojoba oil gently massaged into the affected area. The pain of rheumatism can be distressing and it is made worse when the pH of the body is more acid. Drinking a glass of warm water to which the juice of one lemon has been added three times a day can help as lemons have a strong effect in the body. It is recommended that 2 lemons be used when the pain is at its worst. Sleep easy Difficulty sleeping is a common side effect of modern life, it is preferable to find a natural remedy rather than resort to medication to get a good night`s sleep. There may be an element of trial and error in finding the right solution for you but consider trying lemon balm extract combined with valerian, chamomile or hops. A small study found that a 600 mg dose of lemon balm extract made the participants calmer and less tense and anxious. So where ever possible adopt a healthy lifestyle and use natural remedies for those simple problems. This article was written on behalf of http://www.ungererlimited.com/ specialists in http://www.ungererlimited.com/essential-oils-aroma-chemicals/citrus/ health beauty