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Lime, Lemon & Lemongrass

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.

Old school - Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)
Old school – Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)

It’s been 6 months now that I have incorporated lemon into my morning routine.

Lemons in your a.m. routine.
Lemons in your a.m. 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?

Lemons by themselves are very versatile tools, a good option for cleaning, beauty, cooking and much more.

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

Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).
Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).

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.

Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)
Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)

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.

Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful
Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

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.

Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)
Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)

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!
Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful
Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

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.

What about you? How do you use limes, lemon or lemongrass to complement your daily routine?OrganicIsBeautiful Signature

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[Citrus Serie] 8 reasons you want to drink lemon water in the morning

Did you know that lemons have more potassium than apples or grapes? This interesting fact is just one of the many reasons why drinking lemon juice every morning can impact your health.
Starting your day with lemon juice is an excellent way to boost vitality, increase energy and cleanse out your system.

Supports the immune system:

The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu.  ability to absorb iron,

Aids digestion:

Good digestion is truly the root of good health.

Lemon and water strengthens the digestive system, especially stomach acid. It encourages the liver to produce bile and stimulates bowel movements. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.

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Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)

Detoxifies the liver:

As mentione above, Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow; decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

Repairs skin:

Lemons are great for combating skin ageing, It is a fact: lemons are rich in vitamin C. As we know, vitamin C is among a few that selected exception that can treat multiple skincare concerns.

Warning:. When part of a beauty treatment, make sure to stay away from using too much of it as it may cause serious sunburn in your skin. People with a light or fair complexion mostly experience this issue.

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Reduces appetite:

Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber commonly found in citrus fruits. No lemons, you can go ahead and have grapefruits for instance. They all contains Pectin that helps stave off hunger as the fiber creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings.

Balances pH levels:

Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. “Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Educated foodies still think of lemons as being acidic when

Cleanses the urinary tract:

Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. Lemon juice can also change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria.

Freshens breath:

The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant.

It has stronger result when combined with Peppermint essential oil already talked about the benefit of a glass of lemon water integrated in a healthier morning, a wake-you-up better than coffee!

TIPS: To protect your teeth drink through a straw- as lemon is acidic until it is digested by the body.

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