One of the beauties of folk medicine is the art of usage: for example, old lemons.
With fresh lemons most people may be inclined to make fresh lemonade, grate the lemon peel and use as an additive when baking or squeezing a little on a teaspoon to take for a dose of Vitamin C — but when lemons start becoming “unfresh” and start to become old, most people will simply throw them out.
However, old lemons can come in handy for folk remedies that don’t involve consuming them internally.
Homemade Aromatherapy: You can use older lemons to fill your home with a magnificent and cleansing scent.
So, to start – be sure that your older lemons aren’t moldy (because you do not want to spread fungus around your home, family or yourself).
Cut your lemons in half, and check the seeds. You may have some seeds that have gone off and changed to a darker color.
It is ok, as long as the inner flesh of the lemon has not changed color – just remove those seeds.
Next, you will want to boil the lemons for as long as you want, since you are simply diffusing the scent of the lemons throughout the air (just make sure your water doesn’t boil out of the pot or you will have an unpleasant scent of burnt lemons.
Craft a Homemade Facial Toner: The juice from the lemon will still be salvageable enough to create your own facial toner. Simply wash your face with warm water and your preferred cleanser of choice, then squeeze at least one tablespoon worth of lemon juice into a small dish. Dab one cotton ball with the lemon juice and gently smooth on to your freshly washed face – and… wallah!
Freshen Up Your Garbage Can: Just throw it in the trash can (making sure your trash bag is also in there as well) – it IS that simple.
**If your garbage can reeks of odor, putting a little baking soda inside the trash bin may help absorb some hard to remove odors.
And there you have it a few simple folk medicine kitchen tricks to turn those old lemons into … whatever you like.