A pocket guide to harnessing the power of lemons to use as a natural remedy, beauty aid and household resource.
From face masks and hand creams to cleaning products and cold–and-flu remedies, the scent and flavour of lemon have long been used by manufacturers of home and beauty products to imbue their products with the zesty freshness which this citrus fruit is associated worldwide, and it’s little wonder why… Packed with vitamin C, an aid to digestion and linked to sparkling eyes and skin, this humble little fruit is packed with goodness that, with a little know-how, can easily be harnessed to allow you to bypass the chemicals and produce your own all-natural products for home, health and beauty.
With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace all-natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Lemons opens by exploring the benefits of lemons and looks at how to grow your own at home. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the vitality of lemons with ease; make a bruise balm infused with lemon zest, a fragrant hand lotion for soft and youthful skin, or a chemical-free cleaning solution guaranteed to leave your home sparkling.
Here is the third book I have reviewed in the Natural Apothecary series and this time the subject is Lemons.
We all know that lemons contain Vitamin C which is good to ward off coughs and colds. However, this book shows that there is so much more to this small citrus fruit.
There is a chapter which tells you how to grow lemons and which ones to buy. There are some handy recipes and lots of natural remedies for a whole host of medical problems. The next chapters focus on Beauty and Cleaning which I found really helpful.
I tried a tip which was to use lemons to clean glass which worked beautifully. Then I made a Rejuvinating Banana Treatment (the recipe is in the book) which made my skin feel lovely and helped me relax after a long day. A tip will come in very handy for a family member who has a problem with ants (use rotten lemons)
Like the other two books, Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, there is a detailed index at the back of the book. This make them handy reference books, available anytime to pick up and find a solution to common ailments and household problems.
The three books are highly recommended for anyone who wants to introduce organic natural sources to their lifestyles. Also, anyone who wants to save money on health, beauty and cleaning products would benefit too.
I’m sure I will be returning to these books often in the future and look forward to more books by Dr Stanway.
Other books in the series
Dr Penny Stanway practised for several years as a GP and child-health doctor before becoming increasingly fascinated by researching and writing about healthy diets and other natural approaches to health and wellbeing. Penny has written more than 20 books on health, food and the connections between the two. She lives with her husband on a houseboat in the Thames.
Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.