Life gave you lemons? Use ‘em to the best!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Lemons! Well, you must be thinking that there has been so much written about it all over the years, but I just can’t hold myself back in praising this versatile ingredient, one more time! Using it in food has become a quintessential part of my life and I’m sure the same goes for you too. However, today I thought let’s step out-of-the-box and talk beyond things you already must be knowing. Like one interesting thing that always fascinates me is its specific uses in our Indian culture in different ways. One of which is its use as an auspicious element in the form of a dangler placed at the entrance of homes to ward off evil spirits. It is one such run of the mill yet unique example when it comes to its uses. 


From pulp to the skin, every part of lemon is used by us. Don’t you think it deserves all the attention today, where we can have a closer look at its uses from buri nazar na lage to other important ones. After all, the nimbooda has not earned so much warmth from the musical tracks just like that!


So, let’s enter the khaata and juicy world of lemons! 


Dried lemon peels: You can keep it in the fridge to use for up to a year!

  • Wipes off the greasy mess.

  • Keeps insects away.

  • Deodorizes the garbage container without spending any extra penny.

  • Refreshes and sanitizes your chopping boards.

  • Removes odour from hands by rubbing its rinds.

  • Whitens teeth and imparts a shiny smile.


Lemon juice: Inexpensive trouble-shooter for so many problems. 

  • Suffering from travel sickness? Just suck on a slice of lemon, it’ll help you stop feeling nauseous.

  • Having wounds? Don’t panic, dab some lemon juice to disinfect scratches and scrapes. It might sting a bit but don’t worry it’s all for the good.

  • Is sore throat and cough troubling you? Just mix 2 teaspoons lemon juice with ½ teaspoon honey. Or if you wish, mix the juice and honey with hot tea. You are sure to have a soothing effect.

  • Did the wasp sting you? Ouch! that hurts but don’t worry just instantly apply lemon juice for relief.

  • Clean your fresh fruits and vegetables with this. Just add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to 1 cup water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray this liquid on the fruits and veggies, and let it stay for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.


DIY beauty hacks 

  • Silky and shiny hair: Dilute 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 cup water and use it to rinse your hair after shampooing. Keep dandruff at bay with this! 

  • Sparkling white fingernails: Just rub a wedge of lemon, it is as simple as that. 

  • Dark elbow? Not anymore: Curve your elbow and hold at one place. Apply ½  lemon, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. You will notice visible results after regular application.

  • Blackheads and spots: Wet a paper towel with lemon juice and apply it on the spots/blackheads. Goodbye dull skin!

  • Ageing issues: Grind lemon peel into a powder and a natural anti-ageing facial toner is ready! 

  • Turn dull skin into a glowing one: Excellent exfoliating body scrub. All you need to do is mix chopped lemon peels with ½ cup sugar and olive oil. Form this into a paste, you are good to go!  

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.