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Citrus Season

by Marge Maghoney

I have this urge to pick all the lemons and oranges everytime I see a tree in full bloom. It is the height of citrus season and I could go to town with these oh so fresh smelling treats.

Not only are they fantastic as a source of Vitamin C or to garnish your drink but a versatile deodorizing ingredient both for your home and your body.

If you have a lemon or orange tree in your backyard, don't let them go to waste. Pick the ripe ones and try the following amazing recipes for them and if there are any leftovers, store them in the fridge for later. They last long in there. 

1. Lemon cleaning solution

    Cut up a couple of lemons and put them in a spray bottle. Then fill up the spray bottle up with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. Let is sit for 3 weeks. I know, but it's worth it. You can use it in 2 but there might still be some lingering vinegar smell to it. 3 weeks and it'll have the fragrant lemony smell you're looking for. Now you have a natural and economical product to clean your windows, floors, bathrooms and kitchen. 

2. Orange facial mask

    Mix 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice and and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply on face and neck and leave for 20 minutes. You can massage your face with your fingers in circular motions for extra exfoliation. Make sure your eyes are closed while rinsing with water.

3. Lemon foot soak

    Fill a basin 1/4 to 1/3 of the way with warm water. Add in 1/4 cup of baking soda and the juice of 1 lemon (you can throw the lemon peel in as well). Mix well and soak feet for 15 minutes. Rinse off. This gets rid of any odor, kills bacteria and softens your feet.

4. Lemon foot scrub

    Mix 1 cup of sugar, the juice from 1 lemon, half a cup of olive or coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix well and scrub on your feet, even your legs if you have some extra. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with water (soap is optional if you find it a bit oily).

5. Lemon hair treatment

   Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a bowl with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix well and massage onto hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes and shampoo off. This hair treatment not only deep moisturizes your hair but gets rid of dandruff as well.

6. Lemon milk bath

    Want to feel like Cleopatra? Run yourself a warm bath and pour in the juice of 2 lemons and 2 cups of warmed milk. Mix well and dip in. Relax and breath in the delicious fragrance of this moisturizing concoction. The milk nourishes your skin and the lemon is both a natural detox and also helps lighten age spots. 

7. Orange facial scrub

    Mix 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice with 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. Blend well and gently massage onto face in upward circular motions. Rinse with mild soap and water.

Do you have citrus recipes of your own? Share them here. I'd love to try it!

Smiles, 

Marge