Lemons are a wonderfully versatile citrus fruit that have been used for thousands of years in medicine, cooking and even household cleaning. They were initially created by cross-breeding a lime and a citron, and were thought to have first been cultivated in India or China. These days, the entire lemon fruit can be used for various purposes. Lemon juice is frequently used in different health tonics, leaves from the lemon tree can be made into tea or used in cooking, and the pulp and peel can be used in many different recipes to give an unmistakable taste and aroma.
Lemons are full of beneficial citric acid, which acts as an alkalizing agent that can help lower the levels of acidity in the human body. Lemons can be used to treat constipation, indigestion, kidney stones, high blood pressure, dental problems, fever, burns and rheumatism. Lemons are full of flavonoids that hold antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, such as limonene, a component that is thought to contain potential prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Lemons contain many active ingredients that give them a wide array of health benefits. They are an extremely rich source of vitamin C, with one lemon providing over 60 percent of the daily recommended intake. Inhaling the scent of lemons can increase the release of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, which can improve mood and emotions, and can also improve mental focus and alertness.
The high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants make lemons a powerful combatant against asthma, as well as other respiratory disorders. Simply combining the juice of half a lemon with a glass full of warm water and drinking that first thing in the morning can help reduce symptoms of asthma and give the immune system a much-needed boost.