If you’re like most of us, when you sit down at a restaurant, one of the first items you request is a glass of water with lemon. Now you may want to rethink that.
I was watching a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, featuring Chef Michael Symon discussing “Shocking Restaurant Secrets,” and what they said about lemons was startling. I had already been warned years ago to skip the lemon in the water because restaurants often do not wash the outside of the lemon, so whomever or whatever has touched it between harvest time and your restaurant plate is still present. But what Dr. Oz added to this literally made me gasp.
They tested five lemons from five different restaurants (I would presume they are in and around New York City, since that is where his show is taped), and five out of five lemons tested positive for germs, the most shocking of which was candida (candida is found only in the mouth and the vagina). Ew!!
Their suggestion was to order the lemon on the side and squeeze the juice yourself, making sure it doesn’t touch the lemon rind on its way down into your glass. Um, but you will still need to wash your hands after touching it, or at least you should (candida on the hands?!).
My Solution: I use lemon (essential) oil. I carry it with me in my purse, and pour 1 to 2 drops into my glass and it covers me for all refills during my meal. That is more than enough to help purify whatever water enters my glass and, according to our company’s essential oil expert, the oil residue from my glass will even help to purify the other water glasses it is washed with, kind of like a good deed for the day! 🙂
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*About Lemon Oil (Citrus Limonum): Lemon can help support the body in fighting infectious diseases, especially colds and fevers. Its scent also helps to increase concentration and neutralizes unpleasant odors. Some hospitals use lemon oil to help calm frightened or depressed patients. Lemon boosts the immune system by stimulating production of white and red blood cells. Lemon oil is a must for every aromatherapy kit, as it has an uplifting fresh citrus scent, has some immediate purifying qualities, and may help to settle the digestive system. It is an agreeable fragrance the kids will love.
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