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9 Reasons Why Lemon is the Best Fruit
You would be amazed by the many things lemons can be used for, from food and drinks to domestic cleaning, odour removal, anti-bacterial and freckle removal.
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Here's a List of The Ways Lemons Can Be Used:
- To give you valuable vitamins
- Useful for its flavour in cooking
- The juice makes a delicious drink
- Useful for skincare and removing brown freckles
- Useful for cleaning
- Useful for hair care
- Useful for invisible ink
- Use to whiten finger nails and fingers
- Use as a deodorant
Is There Nothing These Lemons Can't Be Used For?
Yes of course there are limits, but no fruit is as versatile as the humble lemon - they're worth their weight in gold (and almost cost that amount nowadays, but still cheaper than buying manufactured goods!)
Before We Go Into Detail Below, I Thought You Might Enjoy My Silly Poem Called "Lemon" - Is She Like Anyone You Know?
Lemons Are Full of Vitamins and Minerals
1. Lemons are Nutritious
Health Benefits of Lemons:
- Lemons are very beneficial to health because they contain vitamins C, B12 and B3, antioxidants, citric acid, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium, which can improve your immune and digestive systems and have detoxifying effects.
- Lemons are a natural diuretic, causing frequent urination which enables the body to flush fat cells from your body and rid it of surplus water and toxins.
- Citric acid assists digestion by stimulating stomach juices, which helps to combat toxins, encouraging efficient metabolism. and absorption of essential nutrients. With poor digestion, your body incorrectly reacts as though it is malnourished; this stimulates a craving for food, so correcting this may stop food cravings and thus assist you in losing weight.
Source of Information: How do Lemons Burn Fat - Livestrong : Colin Linneweber
2. Use Lemon for its Flavour in Cooking
Lemons act as a flavour enhancer and meat tenderizer
Lemons in Cooking:
- Lemon is a seasoning which enhances the flavour of sauce, meat, vegetables and cakes. It is a flavor catalyst, interacting with the taste buds to make the flavors that follow more pronounced.
- Squeezing Lemons: To extract the maximum amount of juice, roll the lemon on a flat surface applying light pressure as you do so, thus bursting the juicy cells in the lemon's flesh, releasing more of the juice.
- Lemon skin is called zest, and contains powerful flavor compounds.
Cooking with Lemons:
The acid in lemons reacts in different ways with different foods. It can helps to dissolve connective tissues in meat, and lemon juice is therefore commonly used in marinades, where it tenderizes tougher cuts of meat. It will help vegetables such as potatoes and turnips to maintain their white color, and, squeezed over fruit, it stops it turning brown, so is particularly useful squeezed over fruit salads, bananas, avocado pear, apples, aubergines, and any fruit or vegetable which is liable to discolour when exposed to the air.
But beware - the acid in lemon juice can curdle milk,
Remember Your Hygiene!
Before you use your lemon, give it a wash - you don't know where it's been - some people only wash their hands after their work is done rather than after they have used the toilet! The outer skin could be full of germs!
3. Lemon Juice Makes a Delicious Drink
You can make all kinds of drinks
- Lemonade with freshly squeezed lemons, sparkling water and sweetening (sugar, honey and/or commercial sweetener)
- Hot Lemon and Honey - good for sore throats and colds as the honey also has healing properties. I sometimes add a dash of whisky or brandy (for medicinal purposes only, you understand!), for an extra comforting warm glow.
- Lemon Tea - a refreshing drink which you can take either hot or cold.
- Hot Lemon and Ginger - use fresh crushed chopped ginger, or half a packet of Chinese ginger drink. The ginger also has medicinal properties, and if you add honey as a sweetener, you have a drink with three beneficial ingredients.
- Brandy Sour - A very more-ish cocktail made with brandy, a generous squeeze of lemon juice, topped up with ginger ale and ice cubes.
4. Lemons Are Useful for Skincare
Use lemon juice to banish blemishes and freckles
Using lemons for skincare:
- Acne Remover - Wet a paper towel with lemon juice then rub it on your skin blemishes, pimples, and other acne lesions.
- clear up facial blemishes - Dab lemon juice on the blemish a few times a day.
- Eliminate blackheads - Rub lemon juice over blackheads before going to bed and leave on overnight, washing off in the morning. Repeat for a few nights, until you see a big improvement in the skin.
- Lighten or remove age freckles on your hands and arms - Rub lemon juice onto freckles and leave to dry two or three times daily for a consecutive days - you should see a significant improvement.
- Relieve rough hands or sore feet - Apply lemon juice, rinse, then massage with olive oil.
5. Use Lemon for Cleaning and Deodorizing
Lemon has antiseptic qualities too
Use Lemon for Domestic Cleaning and Deodorizing:
- Stain Remover - Remove ink spots from clothing while ink is wet, apply lemon juice liberally to the spot, and then wash the garment in normal cycle with regular detergent in cold water. You can also use lemon for removing blood, ketchup, tea and coffee stains. It works not only on clothing, but also on plastic containers, cutting boards and furniture.
- Remove rust and mineral discolorations on cotton clothing - Use one cup of lemon juice in your washing machine.
- Clean your microwave oven and remove smells - Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean.
- Clean and shine brass, and copper, and also stainless steel kitchen sinks - Make a paste from lemon juice and salt, scrub gently, then rinse with water - The acidic properties in lemon work wonders on the surfaces of metal furniture and china. Add the juice to soap, when cleaning metal items.
- Deodorize a cutting board - Use lemon juice to wash your cutting board to remove the smell of garlic, onions, or fish.
- Remove fruit stains from your hands - Rub hands with lemon juice.
- De-scale your bathroom taps - leave used lemon wedges against the bases of your bathroom taps for an hour or so to allow the citric acid to dissolve limescale..
- China and Kitchenware Disinfectant - Use lemon extract when washing your china and other kitchen equipment. Its acidic content displaces dirt and kills germs easily.
6. Use Lemon for Haircare
You'll be amazed what lemon can do for your hair!
Use lemon juice on your hair:
- To Create Blonde Highlights - Wet your hair, squirt lemon juice all over and sit in the sun - it will lighten up. It works particularly well on blonde or light brown hair.
- Get rid of dandruff - Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to your shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons lemon juice and two cups water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.
- For shiny hair - use lemon juice with or instead of your usual conditioner.
7. Lemon Juice for Invisible Ink
Children love invisible ink
- Use Lemon Juice to Write with Invisible Ink:
- Use a cotton wool bud or toothpick as a pen to write in lemon juice on a piece of white paper. Once it dries, To read the message, hold the paper near a hot light bulb. The writing will turn brown.
8. Whiten Stained Fingers and Nails With Lemon
Especially good for fingers stained brown by nicotine
Use lemon to whiten and strengthen fingernails and remove nicotine staining:
- Soak fingernails in lemon juice for ten minutes, then scrub with a nailbrush using a mixture of half white vinegar and half warm water. Rinse well.
9. Use lemon as an emergency deodorant
(But mind you haven't got any open cuts....ouch!!)
Lemon as a Short-Term Deodorant :
- If you have run out of deodorant and need it urgently, wet your armpits with lemon juice. The deodorizing effect will last for a few hours.
Video About Babies Eating Lemon for the First Time
Poll on the Uses of Lemons
Take this Poll About Lemons and See How You Measure up Against Other Pollsters!
Were you aware of the many uses of lemon? Did you realize that your use of lemon need not just be confined to food and drink?
Useful Links Relating to Lemons
- Vitamin C - Linus Pauling Institute - Oregon State
This is an excellent and very detailed medical article about research on Vitamin C and its various benefits. Excellent information if you really want to follow up a lot more detail than you have read in this web page
- All About Lemons - Cooking with Lemons - by Danilo Alfaro
How you can use lemons in cookery, with lots of further useful links to recipes.
- Lemon, Ginger and Honey - a Comforting and Nourishing Drink
A tasty recipe, nice photos, and a video
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Did you Like My Poem? - Want to Add a Sour Comment or Words of Honey? Squeeze Out a Comment, Pips and All
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 12, 2019:
I'm not keen on limes - whenever I buy any, they tend to go off before I use them all up
Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on September 02, 2019:
When it comes to lemons I don't need any convincing about how great they are. But I still like limes better! LOL.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 11, 2019:
Hope some of the facts are useful to you, and thanks for visiting.
Zia Uddin from UK on June 10, 2019:
Lovely facts on lemons.
Pat Parker Burke on December 26, 2015:
I love your poem. And I love the many uses of lemons.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on January 29, 2014:
@OhMe: The more pie you eat, the better it is??? Hmm.....
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 29, 2014:
Yes, I liked your poem and your page. My husband has been on a lemon pie kick for a couple of weeks so I am glad to know it is so good for you.
MaggiePowell on February 28, 2013:
I grew up in a wholesale citrus nursery... I LOVE Lemons (but I also love oranges, limes, mandarins and kumquats.)
blessedmomto7 on January 09, 2013:
Love this lens.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 05, 2013:
Wonderful article. Lemons are indeed life's little miracle fruit. When you asked the question on if I felt they were, I thought of all the other fruits, and could not think of a one that out performs the lemon.
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on January 03, 2013:
You touched on a few uses for lemon I wasn't aware of.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 24, 2012:
@Frischy: Yes, I need to remind myself every now and then
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on September 24, 2012:
It is interesting to learn all the wide variety of uses for a lemon. Thank you!
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 23, 2012:
@MaggiePowell: Yes, it's a good one to remember
MaggiePowell on September 22, 2012:
My kids love the invisible ink trick
mrsclaus411 on May 08, 2012:
I love the poem.
pimbels lm on June 11, 2011:
I like this lens. There are some great tips, especially about skincare and household. Thank you.
Jhangora LM on January 19, 2011:
I love Lemon Tea, specially the salty variety. Wasn't aware Lemon and Lime are different. We do get different varieties of Citrus fruits in our part of the world - Uttarakhand, India.
Thumbs up for a real informative and beautiful Lens.
Glenn619 on January 17, 2011:
a lens which is full of information and life. Thanks for all the tips i really needed something for my dandruff as nothing was working out.
norma-holt on January 16, 2011:
Love this lens. Well written and crafted it is also a great reminder of one of nature's gifts that is probably not well resourced by many. Featured this on Save Planet Earth
tssfacts on January 10, 2011:
Great tips and uses for the lemon. Great job.
GrowWear on January 07, 2011:
Lovely tribute to the lemon.
seashell2 on January 07, 2011:
I love lemons too, for all there great uses! Love your poem, cheeky and cute! :_)
JulietJohnson on January 06, 2011:
I love the line "she was a little tart"... very tongue in cheek! Super lens. Well done!
MirandaBrooks LM on January 06, 2011:
ohcaroline on January 06, 2011:
I learned some things here. Thank you for the information. Lensrolling it to one of my lenses.
capriliz lm on January 05, 2011:
Lots of goodies about the lemon! Enjoyed your lens very much. I will try to remember the ink spot trick next time.