Cyanococcus (Blueberry), Citrus limon (Lemon)
Have you ever stopped to think when you were eating these two dynamo fruits about all of the benefits that come from them besides the internal health benefits? They are vast and wonderful!
Blueberries give us amazing skin, hair and health benefits – Fighting signs of aging, preventing acne, providing fiber, facilitating hair growth, and preventing premature graying just to name a few.
Free radical cell damage in our skin can cause early signs of aging, wrinkles and dark spots. The key to fighting this is overall good health. The consumption of blueberries can help to promote healthier skin. It works by antioxidants reacting with the free radicals and preventing damage. Along with antioxidants blueberries also include Vitamin A, C and flavonoids for overall skin health.
The topical application of blueberries has also been seen to help in damaged and acne prone skin. Blueberries have a high concentration of Salicylic acid which is widely used in acne treatment products. They work in removing dead skin, opening up clogged pores and work at reducing bacteria in the skin. For those of you that are acne prone, blueberries can help you achieve healthier, clearer skin!
Now the Blueberry may have some health advantages over the Lemon but don’t count this citrusy gem out, especially the lemon’s peel.
Many of us don’t realize all the health benefits of lemons. They are extremely beneficial in improving bone health, eliminating toxins, reducing cholesterol, promoting weight loss and fighting skin conditions.
The peel and juice of a lemon can be used to help prevent and fight skin problems such as pigmentation and dark spots. They are rich in antioxidants which detoxify the skin. Lemons are wonderful at toning to keep your skin bright and healthy.
Here are three great ways to get both of these power packed fruits, Blueberry and Lemon, into your heath regimen.
Our Soap Orchard Blueberry Citrus Soap Bar contains blueberry extract, juice, seeds and lemon essential oil & peel. It is jammed packed with skin benefits to keep your skin rejuvenated and renewed.
DIY Blueberry Lemon Face Mask
1/2 cup steamed blueberries, crushed
3 T Greek yogurt
1 T Lemon juice
1 t honey
Combine crushed blueberries, yogurt, and lemon juice in a blender/ninja or beat with beaters to smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir in the honey.
Apply the mask to your skin and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.
Pat skin dry.
There are many ways to use the lemon peel, like grating them into salads and dressings, and peeling pieces into your tea but one of the best ways to get the benefits and make it really yummy is to candy it!
Candied Lemon Peel
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
sugar to coat zest strips
Wash lemons thoroughly. Trim zest from lemons using a vegetable peeler. Cut wide strips, being careful not to cut into the white pith layer below. Cut zest strips lengthwise to create thin julienne strips.
Place julienne strips in a small sauce pan and cover with cold water. Cook over medium heat until the water comes to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 6 minutes.
Remove from heat, drain strips and then return them to the sauce pan. Add water and sugar to the lemon strips in the sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Continue to cook over low heat until the lemon strips turn translucent. The water and sugar should be starting to thicken. Cooking time will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
When done cooking, remove strips from the pan and spread out on a sheet of wax paper. Separate the strips on the wax paper so they are not in clumps.
Once they have cooled slightly, roll in sugar until they are well coated. Let them dry and then store them in an airtight container.
So, next time you think of Blueberries and Lemons as just another fruit, remember all of the health and skin benefits you are reaping!
Til next time. Stay rejuvenated and renewed!