Following up from last weeks blog about growing a lemon tree, this post is “What’s A Lemon Good For Anyway?” I love lemons, the looks, the smell, especially when zesting a lemon and the taste – so fresh! We go through a ton of lemons in our household! Lemon goes in my water, in my ranch dressing recipe, over any fish, dressings, desserts, cleansers, lemon chicken, in rice, oh I could go on FOREVER! 🙂

Let’s just see all the goodness a lemon can bring to us.

Long before vitamin C was identified, lemon was a remedy for scurvy. Increases resistance to infection and helps maintain good health. A traditional drink of lemon and honey, spiced up with some ginger and garlic, makes a potent remedy for colds, flu, coughs and digestive disorders. Lemon is an antioxidant, antiseptic, detoxifying agent and nutritive.

To cleans and detox, add about 1/2 lemon-sliced, a few slices of cucumber and a few mint leaves to a large glass of water. I was alittle wary of the cukes in my water but it really does taste delicious!

Lemon stimulates the appetite, aids digestion and improves absorption of iron. Its action on the liver means it helps to reduce the tendency toward allergic reaction and promotes the elimination of waste products. Also good as a mouthwash for bad breath but you must brush your teeth after so the lemon juice does not sit on your teeth.

Lemon seeds are antiseptic and can be either crushed or chewed to help treat candidiasis and other fungal issues. The peel and pith contain essential oils that can be used for circulatory disorders such as arteriosclerosis, varicose veins and poor peripheral circulation.

Applied topically, the juice and essential oil help heal acne, insect stings and bites.

Nail Fungus – apply 1-2 drops of essential oil per day to clear up fungus.

Lemon essential oil added to any homemade cleanser increases the cleaning and antiseptic ability.

A passion for organics

Found this yummy recipe for candied lemons with honey.

http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/2012/03/12/medicinal-sweets/ 

mmmmm...lemons in honey!
mmmmm…lemons in honey!

Cut up 2 lemons, dropped them in a small mason jar and poured honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. You can immediately see the juice from the lemon being drawn out by the honey and the two swirling together. I just made mine, but if I let it sit in the fridge, over the next couple of months the lemon will darken and the mixture will thicken. The peels and pulp will break down as well and leave behind a golden, lumpy marmalade that I can scoop into a cup and poor piping hot water over. Oh, it almost makes me want a sore throat! (To speed up the process, you can also store this in a cool cupboard rather than the fridge.)

Because I enjoy getting the most out of what I make, and I know that there are other medicinal jujus that can help me with a sore throat, I’m going to add a heaping Tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and let that candy along with the lemon. When the hot water hits that, I can breathe in the steam and get some benefit in my sinuses as the ginger stimulates circulation and will allow me to breathe easier, while at the same time, be soothing to my stomach, which will also be a bit stressed if I’m sick. (Taken from the above link)

Click on my recipe tab for the wonderful LEMON LAVENDER COOKIES. 🙂

Enjoy! It is going to be a nice day here in Georgia so off to homeschool, bake breads and then out to play in the dirt!

Anne-Marie

http://mindbodyandsoleonline.com/herbal-information/80th-wildcrafting-wednesday/

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