It is yellow, sour and healthy. But what else is a lemon? This egg-shaped fruit comes from the lemon tree and contains about 87% water. In addition to this, it contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. The rind of the lemon contains the essential oil citrate, which has disinfectant and cleansing properties. In addition, it reduces fever, relieves constipation, treats bladder and kidney infections, detoxifies the liver, counteracts hemorrhoids, speeds up wound healing and helps cure infections. Lemon oils are widely used for massages, where they have beneficial effects not only on the skin. If you add other healthful ingredients to citrus, you get a vitamin bomb at minimal cost and with zero chemicals. Combined with hot water, these are natural miracles that also warm you up.
Saffron is a spice obtained from the flowers of the Saffron plant. The brown stamens are extracted from the purple flowers by hand-plucking. Each blossom contains three several centimetre long comma-shaped parts which are dried. Around 75,000 flowers are needed to dry 100g of this spice. Due to the hand pinching and the amount of work it costs for a few grams of saffron, this spice is one of the most expensive spices in the world. It has been used to treat depression or Alzheimer’s disease.
Spices with a hint of mustard
Curcuma is a spice with anti-inflammatory effects that helps stimulate the immune system or in skin care. For women, it is widely recommended against cramps or for PMS. Although turmeric has many beneficial effects on our health, it is advisable to be careful when using it. An excess of this natural remedy can be rather harmful.
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- juice of ½ lemon
- 2dcl water
- ½ teaspoon honey
Stir the lemon juice, honey and turmeric into the lukewarm water, adding pepper or cinnamon if desired. Stir everything thoroughly and before the turmeric has time to settle, drink the drink. To boost the healing effects of these ingredients, drink a glass every morning.
The Powerful Trio
- juice of ½ lemon
- ½ tsp saffron
- warm water
Add the juice of lemon, saffron to the warm water and shake everything well. Add honey and turmeric, mix well and drink. Besides the physical health benefits, this drink is an effective aid against depression and other mental problems.