Lemons are the most popular citrus fruits that offer great refreshment for the body and as well as numerous health advantages. Therefore you should always have lemons at home, and there is nothing better if you have grown them by yourself thus knowing for sure that you consume organic lemons.
First of all, let us focus what the consumption of lemons can bring to your body.
Health Virtues of Lemons
1. Abundance with Vitamin C
Vitamin C protects your body from various diseases by enhancing body’s immunity. Thanks to its intake you can alleviate sore throat, bronchial issues, fevers, and colds.
2. Antibacterial and antioxidant properties
The lemon juice reveals antioxidant and antibacterial effect due to the limonene content.Therefore, it is very useful in the treatment of wounds; all you need to do is to clean the wound with lemon juice.
3. Liver and blood cleanse
In order to cleanse your liver and blood prepare lemonade made of 1 lemon combined with warm water. If you prefer sweeter beverages, then add some honey, and thus boost its beneficial effect. This drink will eliminate the build-up of toxins in your body. For an optimal effect, make certain to drink plenty of water.
4. Headache Relief
If you suffer from headaches start adding lemon juice to a cup of green tea. In addition to this, lemon juice can be drunk in the treatment of colds, fevers, and similar conditions.
5. Lower heart disease risk
The content of fiber is of great help against the development of cardiovascular diseases. Hence, make sure to consume lemon water along with regular walks.
6. Kidney issues
Lemon juice is very beneficial for the kidneys boosting their function. The citric acid present in lemons prevents the build-up of uric acid thus preventing the creation of kidney stones.
7. Acne treatment
Due to the antifungal and antibacterial effect of lemons the skin gets cleaner. For that purpose, use freshly squeezed lemon juice onto your skin and thus shrink the skin pores offering a tighter skin appearance.
Note: Lemon reveals photosensitive properties, and because of that after its application you should by all means avoid sun exposure.
8. Oral health
The intake of lemon will help with sore and bleeding gums which occur mainly due to lack of vitamin C in the body.
For a shiny and healthy hair, start rinsing your hair with a solution made of couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and a cup of water. Thanks to this use dandruff will not be an issue for you anymore as it cleans and soothes the oily scalp.
As we mentioned before it is an excellent idea to grow your own lemons, but did you know that you could do that in a cup?
You need some lemon seeds from organic lemons, cups, potting soil (preferably a combination of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite) and compost. Here it is how to plant your own lemons:
First you need to remove the seeds from the lemons and prior planting them you must wash them nicely.
Next, fillup the cup or container with soil leaving one inch at the top, and then pour some water so that the soil moistens. You need at least 5 to 10 lemon seeds which need to be moist prior their actual planting in the soil. When planting them, make certain to keep the pointy end of the seed turned downward toward the ground.
After the planting of the seeds cover them with an inch of soil, and then press on it gently and water it lightly. Use a plastic wrap to cover your cup or container. Secure it nicely so that it is entirely sealed, and after that poke some holes on top of the wrap.
In order for your lemon tree to thrive nicely it needs plenty of sun. Place the container where there is direct sunlight and when the soil gets dry, water it, but make sure that it is moderate as this plant doesn’t like overwatering.
In two weeks the lemon seeds will start to sprout, and once the first shoots appear remove the wrap.Once again it is important to water the sprout and to be exposed to 8 hours of direct sunlight. You should use organic fertilizer so that the lemon tree grows optimally.
- Depending on the seeds you use you will have a particular lemon tree. For instance, the commercial lemon trees are grafted for produce and its trees look almost the same as the parent tree. On the other hand, the seeds from hybrid lemon trees do not develop as their parent tree.
- The seeds should be exposed to 70 degrees F.
- Once the plant develops its first leaves in the cup, make certain to transfer it into a bigger container.
- The lemon tree needs a fertilizer, and the best one is an organic, water-soluble, and filled with potassium. You should use it every other week, and you will have the first produce in 3 to15 years.