When life gives you lemons…

Squeeze them or zest them, this zingy citrus fruit is always a winner.

They taste just as good in pies as they do in salad dressings. They even help remove stubborn stains. The mighty lemon has been present in our kitchens for a long, long time and as you know, this sunny fruit can pack a (sour) punch!

This kitchen staple offers a host of health benefits. Here are some fascinating facts about the lemon that my surprise you:

  • 100 grams of raw lemon without its peel contains 64 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
  • Lemons contain whole lot of bioflavonoids. These antioxidants can boost your immune system, combat inflammation, and fight microbes that could make you sick!
  • In the 18th century, lemons were used to treat scurvy — a condition which caused spongy gums, bleeding from the mucous membranes and lethargy. Scurvy was especially common among sailors.
  • Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt or baking powder and use it to scour tarnished copper cookware and bring it to a high shine. The juice dissolves the discolouration and the abrasives help scrub it away.
  • Lemon oil from the fruit’s peel can be used as a wood cleaner and polish. It can dissolve old wax, fingerprints and grime.
  • The acidity in lemon juice makes it an effective antibacterial liquid and because of this, lemons are widely used in traditional Indian medicines.
  • Do not use undiluted lemon juice on your face. Doing this will make your skin very sensitive and more susceptible to sunburn.

References: Medical News Today; WebMD.

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