Let Lemon Clear Air, Cleanse Body
January 03, 2005
Do the scents of the holidays linger long after the gifts have been opened and the guests have gone home? While a hint of pine or peppermint might be a pleasant reminder of happy times, there are others (cloying cologne, cigar smoke, kitchen smells) that aren’t quite so welcome. What to do? Try this citrus-y freshener fromMartha Stewart Living to cut through stale odors and perk up your senses.
Squeeze lemons and drop the rinds into a pot of water, along with some of your favorite whole spices: cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the aromatic steam to work its magic in your kitchen and throughout the house. What better way to provide the right atmosphere for embarking on those New Year’s Resolutions?
Speaking of which, if atonement for a holiday season of indulgence is on your resolution list, I recommend starting your day by downing the juice of a lemon squeezed into a glass of water (or cup of hot, depending on preference). The vitamin C in lemon may help you “juice up” your metabolism by supporting the conversion of fat to energy. Detox bonus: vitamin C is also a highly effective antioxidant, so in addition to turbo-charging your weight loss regimen, you’ll also be sweeping away those nasty age-accelerating, disease-promoting free radicals.
What else can you do when life gives you lemons? Other than weight-loss lemonade, put a shine on metal surfaces with this citrus secret: Lemons dipped in salt help clean copper and brass. Slice a lemon in half, sprinkle salt on the cut surface and rub over the metal. Rinse with warm water and polish with a cloth.