This Is Why You Should Keep A Lemon Next To Your Bed Every Night

Aug 18, 2021Rita Kumar

Lemon is known for its infinite therapeutic properties. Its smell is enough to leave you rejuvenated instantly! But did you know that there's more to this wonder fruit than just being a refreshing water sweetener? Apart from being a citrus bomb, lemon is a magical fruit that triggers a psychological response, especially at night. So, all you have to do is slice a few lemons and place them on your nightstand. Sounds strange? Wait until you explore why people are adding sliced lemon to their bedtime routine nowadays!

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It's Anti-Bacterial

Lemon's aroma isn't just refreshing. It's anti-bacterial too! Maybe a few slices of lemon on your nightstand might help battle nasal congestion. You read that right—lemon is a handy ingredient to make breathing easier, especially during those unavoidable days of common cold and fever. The citrus fragrance works wonders as a natural decongestant aid!

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Natural Stress Buster

Are you feeling stressed or flooded with too many thoughts at the same time? Well, you can try getting some goodnight's sleep by adding a few slices of lemon to your bedtime routine. The citrus aroma alters gene activity. Scientifically, it enhances the mood overnight and helps in beating stress. Your senses are relaxed, and thus, you have a sound sleep all night long.

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Insect Repellent

You probably cannot keep account of what goes in or out when you're fast asleep! That includes those unruly pests, especially bugs and mosquitoes. Did you know—flies and pesky bugs hate the aroma of lemons? If your midnight slumber is often disturbed by mosquitoes and flies, then you can keep a lemon slice near your bed and get rid of the pesky bugs.

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Lowers Blood Pressure

Lemon balm is proven to lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Its therapeutic properties account for all that goodness you can grab overnight by just placing a few sliced lemons near your bed. The natural aroma of the citrus fruit lingers across your bedroom and helps in clearing chest congestion overnight.

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Boosts Serotonin Levels

Waking up to a fresh morning after a sound sleep is what all of us crave! For this, we have to make best friends with our serotonin levels. Adding a sliced lemon to your bedtime routine not only helps you to sleep well but also boosts up the happy chemical, aka serotonin levels in your body. Better sleep means a fresher morning, right?!

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Natural Air Freshener

Don't underestimate a lemon by its size. A small lemon is packed with tons of detoxication properties that do more good to you than you can imagine. Placing a sliced lemon on your nightstand helps in improving air quality. The powerful aroma freshens the air in your bedroom and also makes the area around the bed more pleasant. 

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Helps Combat Insomnia

A few slices of lemon near your bed might help those suffering from insomnia combat the problem like never before. It's a simple trick—if you're out of lemon essential oil, just slice a lemon and place it near your bed. The citrus aroma makes room for more relaxation and helps you to sleep better.

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Improves Concentration

Once you feel a sense of relaxation sweep over you when you're asleep, it's much easier to wake up to a fresh morning every day. Adding a sliced lemon to your bedside paves the way for a relaxed ambiance that's filled with the goodness of lemon's aromatic powers. The result is—a more focused you each day!

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Pain Relief

According to aromatherapy, inhaling lemon at night helps control headaches and other minor health issues. Additionally, research conducted at the University of Maryland and Medical Center states that pregnant women who inhaled lemon essential oil felt less fear and anxiety when compared to others. You can also use lemon slices in place of essential oil to relieve pain and stress overnight. If you think that lemon belongs only in the kitchen, you may be surprised to explore its stunning uses! So, here's a list of some amazing ways lemons can be used to make daily chores hassle-free and profiting!

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Clean Chopping Board

From slicing meat to chopping several ingredients that go into the pot, your chopping board houses it all! But have you lifted it any day, only to make that—Eeeewwww!—expression?! Well, the credits go to the awful smell that cloaks your chopping board all day long. But when life gives you lemons, you needn't worry anymore! Just slice a lemon into two halves, drizzle some baking soda/salt on it, and scrub the chopping board. Wash it under running water, and Voila!—your smelly chopping board is rejuvenated with an aromatic makeover!  

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Remove Stains 

If you have a stained kettle or an electric jug at home, then there's always room for worry. It's simply because unlike other utensils, you cannot wash your electric kettle using scrubbers and whatnot. In that case, all you got to do is slice a lemon and gently rub the surface of the kettle. Next, you can wipe the residue off using a damp cloth. This hack not only removes stains off your electric kettle but also keeps it smelling fresh! 

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Get Grime And Odor Off Your Oven 

All those delicious bakes might leave your oven smelly and craving for some rejuvenation. Why don't you just steam-clean your oven this time around? Are you hunting for a way to get rid of that unruly grease and tough stains from your oven? Well, just add sliced lemons to an oven-proof bowl with water. Place it in the oven, turn it on, and once the water starts to boil, turn the oven off. Let the oven cool down for a bit. Later, use a dry cloth and clean the steamed interiors.  

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Remove Rust 

Did you know that lemon essential oil is a great choice to remove rust? Perhaps, this wonder bottle of goodness can be used to clean almost anything and everything in the house! Just mix a few drops of the essential oil in castile soap and water. Then dampen the mixture in a waste cloth or cotton ball and gently rub the rusted surface. Leave it for a few seconds until it dissolves. Clean the surface off immediately using a dry cloth. 

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Lemon Soak For Healthy Nails 

Do you want beautiful, strong, and healthy nails? And are you worried over not having the time to rush to the parlor? Well, just follow this simple trick—mix a few drops of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice in half a cup of water. Soak your nails in the mixture for about 10 minutes. You can do this every day until you witness astonishing results. You can replace olive oil with baking soda too! 

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Shine Rings 

While there are many hacks to add that shine statement to your fashion jewelry, try using lemon essential oil this time! Fill a small bowl with about 1/3 cup of water. Add around 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil and toss in your jewelry. Let it sit for around five minutes. Next, remove the pretty pieces and gently scrape off the tarnish using an old toothbrush. Rinse under tap water and wipe dry using your towel. 

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Remove Limescale 

If you're worried about those unruly limescale stains on your showerheads and faucets, then you're not alone! Perhaps, almost every household has a faucet that's crowned with these bizarre watermarks. Instead of opting for costly limescale removers, just slice a lemon into half and seal the spout overnight. Remove the lemon after letting it rest for a few hours and wipe off the residue using a damp cloth soaked in vinegar. 

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DIY Cleaning Spray 

If you want to make an all-purpose cleaner yourself, you can try incorporating some lemon in the hack! For this, you just have to add about 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. You can either add the lemon essential oil or lemon juice to the aforesaid mixture. To use—shake the bottle well and spray onto the surface that needs some quick cleaning. 

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Clean Countertops 

Getting rid of countertop and appliance stains might not have been this easy—thanks to the instant magic offered by these handy kitchen ingredients! Slice a lemon into two halves, coat them with a bit of salt and gently scrub the surfaces that need to be cleaned. To add more sparkle, you can add some vinegar too! 

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Get Shinier Sink 

At the end of the day, your sink might not be that clean part of the kitchen anymore! After doing all the dirty dishes, that specific corner doesn't always smell and appear good—thanks to the grime and whatnot housed in there. For an instant cleaning solution, you just have to rub half a slice of lemon on the sink and wash it off using warm/cold water. Lemon not only removes grime from the sink but also adds a citrus aroma that combats the moldy smell. 

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Freshen Up Your Refrigerator  

Storing so much in your refrigerator might end up giving you a ghastly smell every time you open it. To revive your smelly fridge with some fragrance, just add a few slices of lemon to a plate and place it in the refrigerator. Lemon not only soaks up all the unpleasant odor in your refrigerator but also keeps the appliance smelling great. 

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Remove Limescale From Kettle & Jugs 

Cleaning your kettle's interiors is now a simple task—thanks to the juicy citrus bombs! To get rid of limescale and odor, just slice a lemon into thin round slices. Add them to your kettle and fill it up with water until it covers the affected areas that need attention. Boil once and leave the kettle for about half-hour. Then boil again and rinse with cold water. Voila! Your kettle will look good and smell great after this hassle-free lemony trick!

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DIY Grease & Stain Remover 

If you're worried about those unruly stains and grease marks in your kitchen, then you're not alone. Almost every household combats this problem in unique ways—and one of them is this smart hack! The goodness of baking soda and a few slices of lemon is all you need to get rid of even the toughest stains from your tiled floors, sinks, bathroom walls, and clothes

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Out Of Dishwashing Detergent? Don't Worry...! 

The moment you run out of dishwashing detergent or liquid might rest on your shoulder like a never-ending nightmare, especially if you have loads of dishes to do. Just relax a bit and slice a lemon into two halves. Run them on the vessels and rinse off using either warm/cold water. Lemon juice not only gets rid of the stains and grease but also adds an aromatic touch to your vessels at no extra cost! 

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Remove Rust & Grime From Faucet

While faucets are one of the most frequently used parts of a household, it's always likely that they get corroded with rust and grime most of the time. To make things easier and effective, all you got to do is slice a lemon, rub it on the rusted and greasy part and wash it off using water. For instant results, you can also use vinegar and baking soda along with lemon. 

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DIY Cleaner Using Lemon Peel 

If you're looking for an effective way to reuse your lemon rinds, then maybe this hack is the right amount of everything you're looking for! Just fill a jar with vinegar and add chopped lemon peels to it. Let the citrus rinds infuse in the vinegar for at least a week before you filter the contents to a spray bottle. Once your DIY cleaner is ready, shake the bottle well before you use it for household cleaning purposes. 

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Sparkle Ceramicware Like Never Before 

Sometimes, instead of using just the lemon juice or its peel, you can use both to get the best results. Using lemon paste works wonders in removing tough stains from ceramicware. Just blend sliced lemons with a pinch of salt. Shift the paste into a jar and add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar and a spoonful of baking soda. Mix well and scrub it on the stained ceramicware. Let it soak for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. 

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Say Goodbye To Stinky Sinks 

Smelly sinks are the aftermath of doing dishes daily. While you cannot possibly spray room freshener into your sink, there's a smart hack to get rid of the stench at no extra cost. Just slice a few lemons and drizzle the juice in the sink. Also, scrub the citrus rinds on the sink surface and wait for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with cold/warm water and make way for a stench-free sink in your kitchen!

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Rejuvenate Copperware 

To clean a copper flask/bottle from the inside, just squeeze half a lemon into it. Next, add a tablespoon of salt/baking soda and about 1/2 cup of water into the bottle. Seal the lid and shake well just like how you would shake your protein shake! Pour the mixture out and rinse thoroughly with cold water. To get rid of limescale on the copper bottle's surface, rub a sliced lemon and leave for about 5 minutes. Rinse well under running water and wipe dry.

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DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner 

DIY multi-purpose cleaners aren't just handy, they're highly efficient and cost-effective too! Moreover, when used in spray bottles, the contents are refillable and pave the way for a hassle-free cleaning experience that cuts down a bit on your monthly grocery bills! So, for a smart multi-purpose cleaner to get rid of unruly stains and grime, you just need to infuse lemon juice and vinegar in a spray can like this! 

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Guess lemon packs more uses than just adding that tangy flavor to cuisine! We're planning to stock some lemons during our next visit to the supermarket! Are you going to do that too after reading this article?! If you have a lemon tree at home, believe us—you're economically blessed by all means! Let us know what's your take on using this citrus bomb in your household chores. And please don't forget to add a few slices of lemon to your nightstand before you sleep! Please share your comments with us, and don't forget to click the "Share" button!

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