The origin of lemon is not really clear. It is thought to have been first cultivated in India more than 2,500 years ago. The fruit was brought to the Middle East and Africa by Arab traders around 100 BC. Arab traders were also the one who introduced lemon to Spain in the 11th century and since then was cultivated in the Mediterranean.
It is a small evergreen tree that produces a fruit with a crisp and tangy aroma. They are able to produce fruit all year round with one tree producing between 500 to 600 pounds per year. They do not require a lot of heat to ripen. Those grown commercially can be harvested to 3 to 4 times in one season.
Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C and B-complex, essential minerals like copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. It also has a high level of antioxidants and fibers. Lemon essential oil contains limonene and monoterpenes that gives lemon a delightful aroma including a bunch of healthful benefits. And do you know that lemon is one of the only food that is anionic (alkaline)? Consume them very fresh as they turn acidic after half an hour.
This superfruit contains bioflavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that researcher believes to be the source of the many health benefits it can provide.
It can provide relief if you’re having respiratory or breathing problems like asthma attacks because of its rich content of vitamin C. Its antiviral properties help the mucous membranes of your mouth and throat to fight colds and flu. Lemon peel is a powerhouse of active ingredients including pectin that can be effective in lowering your cholesterol level.
Lemon is well known for its antibacterial properties to help treat your throat infections and intestinal parasites. It can stop internal bleeding due to its coagulant and antiseptic properties. Mix lemon with water and honey regularly and say goodbye to excess weight, rheumatism and arthritis. Get rid of gum diseases and bad breath by massaging lemon juice on your gums. It can also stop gum bleeding.
You want a good foot relaxation treatment?... Add lemon juice to warm water, dip your feet and experience instant relief. Hardened up skin on soles of feet? Apply lemon extract to dissolve them.
Some of the beauty benefits you can get from lemons includes cleansing and moisturizing your skin, helps you get rid of oily skin and blackheads and heals your acne, whitens teeth by swabbing them with a mixture of lemon and baking soda. Lemon can also rid you of dandruff by adding it with a mixture of coconut oil and raw honey, this will also brighten up your hair color. Strengthen your nails by applying a solution of olive oil and lemon juice. It is also able to remove stains from clothes making it a good washing agent.
Lemon is relatively safe for everyone, including pregnant and nursing mother used as part of their normal diet.
Lemon fun fact: In ancient times lemon was so rare that they were presented to kings as gift.
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