Lemons are inseparable elements of many popular drinks. Lemonade is one of the world's favourite refreshing summer drinks. Another drink which is equally popular on all corners of the globe is the lemon tea. Needless to explain the popularity of lemon juice.
As garnish and as a cooking ingredient, the astringent juice enhances and sharpens the taste of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Fish are marinated in lemon juice to neutralize the odor.
Lemon is also used in other purposes. Some of them are discussed below:
- Citric acid: It is one of the major sources of obtaining commercial grade citric acid.
- Lemon battery: A popular science experiment in schools involves attaching electrodes to a lemon and using it as a battery to power a light. The electricity generated in this way can also power a small motor.
- Sanitary kitchen deodorizer: It is also used in producing kitchen deodorizer to remove grease, bleach stain, and disinfect.
- Insecticide: The d-limonene in lemon oil is used as a non-toxic insecticide treatment.
For centuries lemon has been widely used for its medicinal properties. It contains higher concentrations of the Vitamin C. They also contain smaller, but significant amounts of the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
Following are the major benefits of using lemon:
- When applied on hair, it works as a natural hair lightener
- Hot lemon water is a traditional cure for constipation
- Applying lemon juice to facial blemishes is a popular form of treating acne
- It is also said that lemon helps to stimulate the metabolism
- Lemon is used in facial masks for refreshing the skin
- Lemon juice sweetened with honey, or spiced with salt and ginger, is an old larder remedy for cold and sore throat
- Since lemon juice is the rich source of the Vitamin C, it is a highly effective antioxidant
- Lemon-juice prevents or restrains influenza, malaria and cold
- When mixed with water, lemon juice is useful in quenching the thirst of the patients suffering from diabetes
- Lemon-juice gives immediate relief in abdominal disorders
- Lemon acts as a sedative for the nerves and the heart and allays troublesome palpitation.