∴ Lemon, Morning shake
We all know lemons (scientifically known as Citrus limon) as the fruit that evokes images of sunshine, and sweet homemade lemonade stands.
It’s been 6 months now that I have incorporated lemon into my morning routine.
I am pleased to report I am thoroughly converted, and here is why. On the way, I got to gain more energy for longer days and I am quicker to smile in the a.m. !
Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalizes the body and mind. I always make sure to drink a few glasses of water in the morning, but a few days a week (usually before heading to work), I add some fresh lemon juice for the taste and Vitamin C.
→ What I do?
I simply squeeze half of organic fresh lemon into a glass of lukewarm water (avoid using bottled lemon juice) and, optionally, when I feel like it, I would add some honey to make my drink a little bit sweeter.
Drink this warm lemon water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else.
→ Why you will love it too?
Not only do they smell and taste great, but they have natural antibacterial properties making them perfect for killing germs. Lemons are extremely rich in nutrients: they contain a lot of vitamins (vitamin C, B-complex vitamins) and a few key minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium). Lemons even contain more potassium than grapes or apples.
Consume lemons daily to boost up you metabolism. Like any other foods, moderation apply to get the best of it!
→ What about the peels?
Citrus peels are antibacterial and antimicrobial, making them incredible for homemade cleaners. Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice!
TIPS: Dried peels make a nice addition to your basic cup of black tea!
What if you do not have lemon at home?
∴ Lime = excellent substitute
→ As good of lemons
The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the reliable lime. They can be used in basically the same manner as lemons. Limes are green, small, and generally more acidic than lemons.
→ Not just good for cocktails
Limes are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Basically, vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals it comes in contact with. The fruit is less in calories, carrying just 20 calories per 100 g, the value being one of the lowest for the citrus fruits group.
High in Vitamins C !
Vital to the function of a strong immune system, a little extra vitamin C gotten from lime may be useful in conditions like colds, flu, and recurrent ear infections. Further, they carry a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
∴ Lemongrass, Body balance
As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour.
The genus has about 55 species, most of which are native to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia. In India it is known as ‘choomana poolu’ and is also referred to as ‘Indian Verbena’ or ‘Indian Melissa oil’ and used in Ayurveda medicine to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses.
The East Indian Lemongrass (Citronelle des Indes) is the most commonly available in small local markets. Multi purpose lemongrass, it is used for cooking as well as a base for essential oil.
It is known that lemongrass grows best in warm, humid climates: areas with 24-. 30” of rainfall per year, lemongrass planted during the rainy season, and is ready for cutting about six to eight months afterwards.
→ Food lover? You will love it!
Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine, and is gaining more and more popularity as a culinary herb in USA as well. Here in Malaysia it is widely used to add flavor or marinate chicken or pork dishes. It is absolutely delicious! I love it, I usually find it in Tom Yum soup along with galangal, lime leaves and fish sauce.
TIPS: Storing lemon grass by freezing is the best way to preserve its garden fresh flavor, it can be preserved from six months up to one year!
→ I ♥ Lemongrass Essential oil
I usually take with me essential oil extracted from lemongrass when I am off traveling in tropical areas, I use it as an excellent natural mosquito repellent. The oil is also used for making other non-food related products like candles, perfumes, soap, insecticide, disinfectant, household cleaner and deodorant.