Contrary to popular belief, when life hands you lemons, you really don’t’ have to make lemonade. Instead, you can do hundreds of other things with nature’s most versatile fruit, including using the juice, pulp and rinds for cleaning, cooking, skincare, and numerous health benefits.
You may already know it’s good to drink a glass of warm lemon water every morning to detox your liver or that lemon juice can prevent produce from browning. Lemons can also jazz up beverages, cure a stinky fridge, fade freckles and naturally lighten hair, but to really take advantage of all that lovely lemons have to offer, you’ll need to grab a copy of Just Add Lemons: 100+ Recipes for Family and Home from Environmental Working Group and Friends. With luscious, lemony recipes, DIY personal care and makeup, and natural cleaners and deodorizers for the home, this collection include, more than 20 years of field research with tips on how to make better choices for your health and the environment.
If you’re not familiar with Environmental Working Group (EWG), it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They work for consumers and ask the tough questions, like what’s in your tap water? What pesticides are lurking in your food? What do GMOs do to the land and water? From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers has worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government and industry won’t.
For more than two decades, EWG has amassed thousands of supporters, including more than 40 star-studded celebrities and wellness advocates who contributed recipes and tips for the Just Add Lemons book. Foodies can relish clean cuisine such as Roasted Tomato Soup by Suzanne Somers, Grilled Halibut Tacos by Dr. Andrew Weil or Cast-Iron Chicken with Preserved Lemons by Padma Lakshmi. DIY enthusiasts can whip up hair care, makeup, lotion, and deodorant recipes, all reviewed by and approved by EWG. From “No-Poo” Shampoo to Rosy Beet Lip Gloss, these homemade recipes are formulated to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals found in many conventional personal care products.
The most important section of the book is undoubtedly EWG’s eye-opening facts about ordinary household cleaners. Because cleaning products are not required to list harmful or toxic ingredients on labels, consumers are exposed to hundreds of cancer-causing carcinogens, poisons, and chemicals that cause everything from asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, birth defects and more. According to EWG, the top offenders to avoid are antibacterial cleaners, air fresheners, drain cleaners, and fabric softeners. What’s the alternative? Lemons, for starters, and other natural ingredients that can safely clean your home. For inspiration, here’s an excerpt from the book with a simple DIY recipe to replace your furniture polish spray:
LIGHT AND LEMONY DUSTING CLOTH
By Annie B. Bond
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- A few drops of olive oil
- Soft cotton rag
Directions: Apply liquids to rag and start dusting!
To make the power of lemons work for you, visit the EWG website here and make a tax-deductible donation of $65 or more to get the hardcover book.