Lemon has been used as a powerful aromatherapy essential oil for centuries, and benefits such as increased concentration, reduced stress levels, and a calming effect on the respiratory system have been attributed to it. It is surprising how many uses can be given to food, especially fruits and vegetables, in addition to eating them and the uses of lemon are no exception, on the contrary, citrus fruits are probably the most cited of all foods with respect to alternative uses. But why use it next to your bed before sleeping? Keep reading and we will tell you below.

According to science, you should put a lemon next to your bed every night

In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of placing lemon next to your bed. We will also talk about how to cut the lemon so you can get the best out of it.

First, lemons pack an incredible amount of nutrients; This gives the fruit its wonderful health benefits. Combine the high concentration of nutrients with the benefits of aromatherapy, and it’s a no-brainer! Here are some health benefits of placing a lemon next to your bed:

1. Better breathing

Lemon is loaded with antioxidants and antibacterial properties. These properties may help explain why the fruit appears to help people breathe easier.

People with asthma or who have a cold may find that keeping a lemon by their bedside opens their lung passages. While much of the scientific evidence for this effect is anecdotal, it makes elemental sense.

2. Improves air quality

Everything you probably already know; lemon gives off a powerful scent, so the area around your bed is probably going to smell a little nicer.

What many people don’t know is that lemon can improve air quality. The detoxification properties of lemon are attributed to this characteristic.

3. Pain relief

Midwives and obstetricians sometimes use essential oils to relieve pain during labor. In addition, the University of Maryland Medical Center , citing a study, states that “pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a greater sense of well-being and had less need for pain relievers during labor.”

Additional studies found that people with cancer, headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) require fewer pain relievers when using aromatherapy.

4. Stress relief

Aromatherapists have labeled lemon a “power generator” for thousands of years, and for good reason.

Lemons are known to aid in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is the “happy” chemical in the brain; in fact, most prescription antidepressants target serotonin receptors. Also, serotonin is responsible for regulating anxiety and mood, and lemon can be helpful in this regard.

5. Lowers blood pressure

Lemon balm, an essential oil, is known to increase blood circulation and lower blood pressure. While a natural lemon is not an essential oil, it makes sense that some of the effects last.

As with better breathing and better air quality, much of the science on this is anecdotal and requires further study. However, since we are inundated with BP prescription drugs, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

6. Insect repellent

Insects, especially ants and mosquitoes, hate the smell of lemon. Rubbing citrus peels on your skin or grating peels around your porch, patio, or campground can help repel mosquitoes. Ants also avoid citrus peels, in case you want to repel both insects. While lemon peels are specifically mentioned, an open lemon exposes pests to citrus, which is the main target.

Cutting your lemon to place next to your bed

If you are a cook or cook, you will probably skip this rudimentary lesson in “cutting the lemon”. Regardless, for the rest of us, this is how a lemon should be properly cut.

  • First, take a small plate or cutting board.
  • Second, hold the lemon lengthwise (top to bottom) in your non-cutting hand.
  • Third, cut about three-quarters of the way into the center of the lemon. Turn the fruit 90 degrees and repeat. (Be careful not to cut yourself).
  • If the lemon won’t hold up (which it probably won’t), cut enough from the opposite end to make it flat.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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