Lemon and its beneficial effects

Lemongrass (Citris Lemon) is a shrub of the Rutaceae family, sourced from Asia and its fruits are used around the world, having various uses for both culinary and non-culinary purposes.

Lemon is used for: juice, pulp and bark. Lemon juice contains about 6% citric acid which gives a distinct sour taste.

Short history

Initially, lemon was used for its antiseptic properties, being used as an antidote for various poisons. In India it is endless being used in daily life for different purposes, especially in traditional Indian medicine Siddha and Ayurveda but also in the kitchen as the main ingredient.

It was later used as an ornamental plant, in the 20th century in the Islamic gardens.

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Uses for culinary purposes

The fruit has various uses in the kitchen, as follows:

  • Fresh lemon juice can be used to season the fish or marinate it;
  • Vinegar substitute in salads;
  • Together with water and sugar, lemonade is obtained but can also be used in cocktails or alcoholic beverages;
  • Lemon juice is considered a short-term preservative for certain foods that tend to oxidize;
  • Key ingredients in the preparation of lemon pie.

Medicinal uses

  • Lemon juice has antiseptic properties due to low pH, being used from first aid products to treatments for sore throat.
  • The juice is rich in vitamin C, which makes it a key ingredient in treating degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • In cosmetics it is used because it gives the skin elasticity, but also in the preparation of masks helping to remove impurities. The lemon also has an astringent effect and helps fight acne.

Applications in the Chemical Industry

  • The oil obtained from the lemon peel is used to clean wood surfaces, dissolve old wax, fingerprints and dirt.
  • It is used for copper vessel rejuvenation products.
  • Lemon is also used in cleaning products for the kitchen and the toilet, as an deodorizer but also to remove grease, stains and in order to disinfect.

Benefits of Lemon Tea

  • Lemon tea helps detoxify the liver, being recommended for consumption 4 times a week, in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • Being rich in vitamin C, lemon tea helps the body fight the cold and seasonal flu, acting as a natural antiseptic and regular consumption helps fight infections and other diseases. It is recommended to make tea with lemon, honey and ginger for a quick effect.
  • Lemon tea is known to increase metabolic rate, preventing fat deposits, being recommended in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • The consumption of lemon tea reduces the fatigue accumulated along the way and revitalizes the body, conferring energy;
  • Lemon tea is recommended for cardiac patients because it lowers blood pressure. The flavonoids present in the lemon help reduce inflammation and prevent the formation of blood clots in the arteries;
  • In long-term consumption, lemon tea lowers cholesterol levels;
  • Lemon tea prevents and eliminates kidney stones;
  • Being rich in antioxidants, lemon tea helps prevent cancer.

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