Lemons probably originated in China or India some 2,500 years ago. Arabs introduced them to Spain and North Africa around the 11th century and crusaders helped spread them through the rest of Europe.
Lemons are an extraordinary rich source of healing compounds that improve immunity, strengthen blood vessels and help skin heal. They may block cell changes that can lead to cancer. A generous squeeze or two of lemon and a spoon full of honey in a cup of hot water is the perfect sore elixir Lemon is also an indispensable ingredient for concocting homemade cough syrups and DIY beauty treatment.
What’s in Lemon
The vitamin C in lemons lowers levels of histamine, the chemical that contributes to stuffy nose and runny eyes. The vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that also reduces levels of free radicals, those nasty cell-damaging molecules, and helps guard against heart disease.
Several studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C increase the risk of heart attacks. The body uses vitamin C to boost the activity of immune cells and manufacture collagen, the tissue-building that assist in wound healing.
Lemons are also loaded with citric acid that, a chemical that reduces calcium excretion and helps and prevent the formation of the kidney stones. If the kidney stones are an issue then consider drinking eight ounces glasses of lemonade made with fresh lime daily juice (sweetened with the little sugar if possible.
Lemon zest is rich in a bioflavonoid ( a group of antioxidant plant chemicals) called rutin, which strengthens the walls of the veins and capillaries and reduces the pain- and even the occurrence – of varicose veins.
• Age spots
• Body odor
• Calluses and corns
• Colds and flu
• Healthy skin
• Heart burn
• Kidney stones
• Mood enhancement
• Morning sickness
• Sore throat
• Varicose veins