The Healthy Hack

Whether it’s part of a cleaning solution, homemade beauty product, or toothpaste, lemon is one of the most versatile fruits out there.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the benefits of placing lemon next to your bed. We’ll also talk about how to cut your lemon so you can get the best use out of it.

First, lemons pack an incredible amount of nutrients; this gives the fruit it’s wonderful health benefits. Combine the high concentration of nutrients with the benefits of aromatherapy, and it’s a no-brainer!

Health Benefits of Placing a Lemon Next to Your Bed

Better Breathing

Lemon is loaded with antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. These properties may help explain why the fruit appears to help people breathe easier.

Individuals with asthma or who are stricken with a cold may find that keeping a lemon next the bed opens up their lung pathways. While much of the scientific evidence on this effect is anecdotal, it makes sense from an elemental standpoint.

Improving Air Quality

All you probably know, lemon gives off a powerful aroma, so the area around your bed is probably going to smell a bit more pleasant.

What many people don’t know is that lemon may indeed improve air qualityThis characteristic is attributed the lemon’s detoxification properties.

Pain Relief

Midwives and obstetricians sometimes use essential oils for pain relief during childbirth. Additionally, the University of Maryland Medical Center, citing one study, states “pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being and had less need for pain medications during delivery.”

Additional studies found that people with cancer, headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) require fewer pain medications when using aromatherapy.

Stress Relief

Aromatherapists have labeled lemon as a “stress-buster” for thousands of years – and for a good reason.

Lemons are known to aid in serotonin production. Serotonin is the brain’s “happy” chemical; in fact, most prescription anti-depressants target serotonin receptors. Additionally, serotonin is responsible for regulating anxiety and mood – and lemon may help in this regard.

Reducing Blood Pressure

Lemon balm, an essential oil, is known for increasing blood circulation and lowering blood pressure. While a natural lemon is not an essential oil, it makes sense that some of the effects would carry over.

As with better breathing and improved air quality, much of the science on this is anecdotal and requires more study. However, given how we’re inundated with BP prescription drugs, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give this a try.

Repelling Insects

Insects – especially ants and mosquitoes – hate the smell of lemon. Per Mosquit-no, a small company specializing in organic pest repelling products:

“Mosquitos hate the smell of lemon and orange peels. Rubbing citrus peels on your skin or grating peels around your porch, patio, or campsite can help repel mosquitos. Ants also avoid citrus peels, in case you want to repel (both) insects.”

While the passage specifically mentions lemon peels, an open lemon exposes the pests to citrus which is the primary objective.

Cutting your lemon 

If you’re a chef or cook, you can probably skip this rudimentary “lemon-cutting” lesson!

Anyways, for the rest of us, here’s how to cut a “standing” lemon correctly.

First, grab a small plate or cutting board.

Second, hold the lemon lengthwise (top-down) in your non-cutting hand.

Third, cut about three-quarters of the way down the center of the lemon. Rotate the fruit 90 degrees and repeat.

If the lemon doesn’t stand (which it probably won’t), cut off enough of the opposite end so that it stays flat.