Intensive foot treatment for hard skin

This works best if the treatment is repeated every day for one week.

1 drop lemon oil
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)

  1. Mix the lemon oil with the sweet almond oil in a small bowl.
  2. Massage the oil into hard skin areas on your feet with your fingers, making sure to rub it in well.
  3. Wrap your foot or feet in clingfilm (plastic wrap), and sit back and relax for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the clingfilm (plastic wrap) and dry your feet off with a towel.

Itching

Lemon juice is said to reduce itching.

Regular treatment

Bathe in tepid bath water containing the juice of 2 lemons.

Quick fix

Apply lemon juice directly to itchy skin.

Warts

Both lemon juice and lemon oil are reputed to help cure warts.

Heal from the inside out

Consume the juice of half a lemon twice a day at least.

Regular treatment

Apply 1 drop of lemon essential oil to your wart and cover with a sticking plaster. Repeat each day for 2 weeks.

Psoriasis

Patches of thick flaking skin overlie inflammation on the knees, elbows, scalp or elsewhere. Citric acid in lemon juice can ease dryness and flaking. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet-A rays act on psoralens in lemon juice to mimic the PUVA (psoralen-UVA) therapy used for psoriasis by dermatologists. The anti-inflammatory effects of a lemon’s carotenoids and certain flavonoids (such as hesperidin) may soothe inflammation.

Regular treatment

Smooth lemon juice over psoriasis several times a day. Treat patches with juice, as above, then expose them to sunlight for a few minutes a day, increasing the time over several weeks.

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

Dandruff

This flakiness is often associated with infection with the fungus Malassezia furfur. Lemon juice or oil may help.

Regular treatment

Apply a cup of lemon juice to the scalp, cover with a towel for 1 hour, then rinse and shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week.

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