Like I said last time, Lady Lemon is a good friend of mine.
As always, I am talking organic:-)
Me and Lady Lemon do a lot of pleasant things together and I am going to talk about a few right now:
1. dry peel: What do I do with all that peel (you know, from the lemons that I use for the smoothies..)..? I dry it - in the summer in the sun (ehhhmmmm last summer we had some warm days..) or in the dehydrator. Or, if you are not really into raw food, you can also put it shortly in the oven. After it's dried, I put it through the kitchen robot or the blender (depending on how much it is) and I store it in a glass jar. I use it in smoothies, in the ice and lemonade in the summer and in raw or not raw cakes. I also eat from it sometimes, it's really perfumed and yummy.
I also use it in my hand soap making and in soft hand made scrubs. You can even use a bit of lemon dust in your vacuum cleaner where the air gets out - and will have a wonderfully perfumed house. (.. that is, if you like the smell of lemon peel, I assume if you are still reading that you do)..
2. use the whole lemon. I wash my lady lemon and I freeze it. After it's frozen I grate it with peel and all - and like this it can be used literally on everything you can think of. The peel is said to have 100 times more vitamin C than the lemon juice itself, and the white stuff between the yellow outside and the juice part is also full with good things for you. This way, be freezing and grating it you can use the whole lemon. I even use it sometimes in my (green) smoothies but only when I know I will drink my smoothie soon after, otherwise the peel transforms the taste really soon.
3. lemon juice as moisturizer: In the evening, before I go to sleep, especially in the winter time when the skin is dry. After cleansing or shower, I use it on my hands, face (avoid the eyes of course) - and neck - and sometimes even on the elbow. You can use it on all dry skin. Beware that it will sting a bit if you have cuts and your skin has been dry for very long. I used it anyway because I know that the effect is amazing - and I massage it a bit if it stings.. I also noticed that my cuts get better faster. And you could also use it to prevent dryness.
4. lemon juice + sugar = scrub Occasionally to use and no more than once a week for sensitive skin. just mix lemon juice with sugar (any kind) and use it to scrub. Spool well (sugar is sticky, that's why) and pat dry. Baby butt skin again:-) Oh, and some gals say on YouTube that lemon juice scrub makes your skin brighter and whiter.. Don't know about that - but if you'd want to try that, let me know how it goes.
5. lemon juice to clean calcification (lime scale): mix lemon juice with warm water and set it in a plastic bag around the place that is calcified - over night. For the water boiler, you can even cook the water with pieces of lemon peel in it, or if you made some lemonade, with the rest of the lemon after it's squeezed.
6. shiny hair: mix lemon juice with your last spooling water after you wash your hair and your hair will shine, be softer and easier to comb and will feel "cleaner"