Lemon, the small yellow citrus fruit from the flowering plant family Rutaceae, is believed to be first grown in Assam, Northeast India. Then it travelled to Europe and region in the world, according to history. Although the origin of the name is traced to Old French word Limon, it evolved over the years from Italian to Arabic, Persian and finally Sanskrit word nimbu, as it is called in Hindi in India and Pakistan.
In ancient times, there was no report of the fruit being cultivated for domestic consumption. Probably, owing to its medicinal properties and health benefits, its popularity spread and became a household name, especially in India, which tangy traditional drink – nimbu pani is a favourite of all. And the fruit juice is added as flavour in most Indian foods and used in several dishes across the country.
The nutrients in lemon
Lemon is rich in Vitamin C, dietary fibre and Vitamin B6. It also contain small amounts of calcium, thiamin,riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Benefits of lemon juice
Lemon juice is not only refreshing to the body and mind but is also beneficial for beauty and health. Owing to its high antioxidant properties, it can prevent and treat many diseases, even cancer.
Lemon can prevent scurvy and other infections in the body.
It can prevent fat deposits in your body and help control weight.
It strengthens your immune system and protect you from cough and cold.
Warm lemon juice flushes out unwanted toxins from the system
Lemon juice strengthens the digestive system and prevents constipation and diarrhea.
Lemon juice applied on the scalp helps to get rid of dandruff and other skin irritations.
Lemon juice acts as a cleanser and makes your skin fairer and softer.
Lemon helps to maintain pH levels in the body and restores body salts
Drinking lemon juice reduces body ache, stomach pain and inflammation of the joints.
Lemon is good for the skin, hair and even cracked heels. do not throw away used lemons. Use them to scrub the heels or rough fingers and edges. You can also keep them in the fridge to remove bad smell in it.
Apart from the above, lemon is a small gem of a fruit. Grow a lemon tree in your garden and enjoy its fruits in hundreds. Not only the juice but the rind is also used in cooking and baking.