A New Lipstick?

Today is Wednesday April 16th

The topic or question of the day is:

Did you know the ladies of King Louis XII’s court used fresh lemons to redden their lips?

I can’t say I have ever tried that!  I would caution you to think about how you consume lemons in both positive and negative ways. Lemons and limes are wonderful for cooking, flavoring, their high vitamin C content, treating reflux, and for cleaning purposes.  Limonene, extracted from the fruit is also used in household cleaners to give the orangy, lemon smell.

The downside of consuming lemons and limes in excess is they can cause loss of tooth enamel from the citric acid content of the fruit, add bacteria to your glass of water, and can upset a delicate stomach.  I saw a segment on TV a while back about the bacteria placed in your water when ordering it with a lemon.  The server often cuts the lemons on the run and touches the rim of the glass a lot and many times their hands are not clean.  It was pretty disgusting.

The phytochemical found in these citrus fruits is called limonene and it may be helpful in preventing and treating various cancers. Time will tell.

Tip or Quote of the day:

To get the most juice from your lemon, submerge it for 15 minutes in hot water before squeezing.

If you only need a little juice here and there, poke a hole in the fruit with a pin.  Just squeeze out what you need and store in the refrigerator for later use.

Take action today:

  1. Start storing your lemons in a jar of water with a tight lid in the refrigerator. They will last longer.
  2. Think twice before ordering lemon or lime in your water. You never know where the hands were before the person cut the lemon and placed it on your glass.