Green & Yellow

Besides adding some flavor to a cold glass of water, or looking pretty hanging off the side of one, or having some nice cold lemonade/limeade (love those), there are actually many things in which theses sour fruits are great for. They both can aid in many ways in mainting your health and curing things such as sore throats, fevers, and bacteria on the skin (will talk about the last one in another posts). Lime's definitely work better for killing the bacteria, (that goes for counter tops too) but lemons are just as effective when in need of some healing with an annoying cold, sore throat, or fever.


If you are beginning to feel that scratchiness that you know will shortly be followed by a sore throat, then might I suggest (only suggesting...consult a doctor first) taking a tablespoon full of honey with some fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice on it every two to three hours. I would do this for a good three days. You will be surprised at the results. Being that I am prego, my doc. (and neighbor and just about everybody else down here) advised me to do so since I can't take any meds. I did this while also drinking lots of water. The sore throat/cold never went any further. I have been an avid user of this combo for a while now, but when I soley used it (since I can't take anything else being prego) for my throat ( along with a TON of water) I really saw the effectiveness. This is great for kids too. Sometimes we rush them into cough syrup so quickly, and it is worth giving this natural ingredient a shot first. I am not saying this will always work, or that you shouldn't go to the doctor. Yes, if you are concerened, then get your butt in to your doc. However, I am suggesting a great natural remedy that might do the trick for you before having to turn to medicine. It is also a fantastic aid with your medicine, so if anything you'll feel better faster. I believe it's worth trying safe natural remedies on your body. Use good discernment though...that of course goes with anything.

Also, give yourself some nice hot lemon tea at least twice daily. I sugest either straight lemon/lime juice (fresh), or mix half and half with either some tea or some water. This helps whip your cold into shape as well.

Keep the fever down by adding three cap fulls of fresh squeezed lime juice, a cap full of vinegar and a bowl ice water. Dip your wash cloth in so it is nice and COLD. Apply to your forehead, chest and back of neck. My mother-in-law always suggests this and I have to say that it is a nice alternative to sticking your child in a cold shower, or you having to hop in there yourself.
  • Tip: To get the most effectiveness out of the tartness along with the acid of the lemon/lime only slice it half way through the middle and then twist the rest of it off. One of my husbands friends that grew up on a farm gave him that advice when bringing us a bag of limes.


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