Lemons belong to the group of citrus fruits and they are very nutritious and extremely healthy. They are known for their refreshing scent and taste and because of that widely used in many products.
They reveal numerous benefits for the overall body and because of that they are the staple ingredient in almost all healthy, detox, and refreshing drinks.
Health Virtues of Lemons:
Better digestion and regulated blood sugar, due to the rich content of soluble fiber and simple sugars
Reduced risk of strokes and heart disease
Improved cardiovascular health, and lower cholesterol levels
Regulated pH levels of the urine thanks to the content of citric acid
Protection against the formation of kidney stones
Lower risk of cancer thanks to the content of the powerful anti-carcinogenic compounds
Enhanced absorption of iron which is highly needed for patients with anemia and for the ones who want to prevent its occurrence
Great ally in the weight loss process since they are high in pectin thus offering the feeling of fullness. On the other hand, the content of polyphenols prevents the fat build-up in the body, and boosts the metabolism.
The Nutritional Value of Lemons
According to Rachael Link, MS, RD lemons are low in calories, but high in fiber and vitamin C, and also in other beneficial micronutrients.
The content of 1 peeled lemon
Here it is what offers:
7.8 grams carbohydrates
2.4 grams dietary fiber
0.9 gram protein
0.3 gram fat
44.5 milligrams of vitamin C (74%of the daily value)
116 milligrams of potassium (3% of the daily value)
0.5 milligram of iron (3% of the daily value)
0.1 milligram of vitamin B6 (3% of the daily value)
Small amounts of folate, magnesium, thiamin, calcium, copper, and pantothenic acid.
Considering all the amazing benefits it can offer this fruit should be always present in our homes and the best way to have it fresh all the time and at the hand is to grow a lemon tree at home. There is nothing better of having available organic lemons.
Advantages of growing lemons at home:
- Fruits and vegetables that are picked fresh have better nutritional value than the ones bought at stores.
- Having own produce grown at home contributes to a healthier diet and healthier dietary habits.
- Consuming a fresh produce immediately after harvesting is a unique feeling.
- You can consume a produce at the ripeness you prefer it.
- In this case you are definitely sure that you are consuming an organic product as you are the one that controls the entire process of growing and the use of fertilizers.
- Plus, it is cheaper than buying them from stores.
How to grow lemons at home?
A pot or similar container
A breathable plastic film
Plenty of sunlight (as an alternative use grow lights)
A watering can, squirt bottle, or other suitable device
First you need to fill the bucket with the potting soil. After that pour some water to dampen it, and then press the soil, but make sure to leave an inch of empty space around the top.
Take the lemon, cut it into pieces so that to remove the seed. Remove the flesh from the seed by sucking it, but ensure that they are still moist.
Now, plant the seed in the pot, about half of an inch under the soil. Water it, but do not overdo it, and then cover the pot with the plastic film.
Position the pot with the seed in a place that is warm with plenty of sunlight, or if there is not such spot in your place turn on the grow lights above it.
The sprouting will start in a few weeks, and then remove the plastic film. The pot still needs to be in a warm place, but not exposed to direct sunlight.
Your young lemon tree must always have moist soil and for that purpose make sufficient holes for drainage.
It needs direct sunlight for about 8 hours every day and when it becomes big, transplant it into bigger pot and if needed use fertilizer. Once it is too large, place it in your yard or balcony.
In this way you will have your own grown lemons and use it for versatile purposes. You can make refreshing drinks with them, add them while cooking or baking, or add its juice in various salads. Lemons can be combined with some health-promoting herbs such as thyme, rosemary or lemon balm and thus reap many other health benefits.
This citrus fruit is great for consumption but it can serve as an ideal cleaning product chemical-free and as well as for other household purposes. For instance, a few drops of lemon essential oil to the diffuser will offer you fresh scent, it can whiten and brighten clothing and make it fresher, your hair will get that extra shine, and you can always use it as a natural household cleaner and polish.