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Health Benefits of Lemons and Lemon Pith

Updated on May 1, 2015
by learning about health benefits of lemons and lemon pith you can significantly improve your overall health
by learning about health benefits of lemons and lemon pith you can significantly improve your overall health | Source

Serious Health Benefits of Lemons and Lemon Pith

Health benefits of lemons are amazing and so are lemon pith health benefits. This simple health guide points out how easy it actually is to use lemons for a great majority of health and hygienic purposes.

In stead of taking drugs to fight flue or reaching for aggressive chemicals to clean your house use lemons and don't leave them be merely a decoration in the fruit bowl on your kitchen table.

Enjoy your visit and enjoy lemons!

What is lemon all about?

All health benefits of lemons come from vitamin C you might think, but you would be wrong. Yes, this super important vitamin IS what made lemon famous in the past, but there's a few more healing ingredients that has made this little yellow fellow such an appreciated fruit throughout the history.

Besides being a real vitamin C treasury, lemon is rich in minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zink and Iron), group B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9), fiber, sugar (the good one) and pectin, but that's not all either.

Health benefits of lemons are huge yet very simple.
Health benefits of lemons are huge yet very simple. | Source

All parts of this fruit are beneficial

Each part has its own healing properties:

Lemon rind (zest) contains very aromatic essential oil that's great for aromatherapy and skincare and it's used in cosmetic and toiletry industry.

Pulp is made of lots of soft membrane chambers containing lemon juice and this strong fluid contains well known citric acid, very healthy for our digestion.

Finally, but not less important is lemon pith. Many people out there ask themselves is lemon pith good for you. Yes, it is. This is a white bitter inner rind that protects the juicy part of the fruit (pulp), but that is not its only value. The pith contains so called bioflavonoids (lat. flavus = yellow), compounds responsible for the yellow color of the zest not only of lemons, but of all citruses. Bioflavonoids are extremely healthy when it comes to elasticity of blood vessels and capillaries, but also for fighting allergies, inflammations and even cancer. In other words, when you consume lemon be sure to eat the pith even if you don't like its bitterness.

So what are the health benefits of lemons?

Health, beauty and hygiene

  1. Cooking or drinking - From a good old lemonade, lemon cheesecake or a lemon pie, to simply a few drops over a fish or a meat steak, lemon is broadly used as a valuable culinary ingredient all over the world. More importantly, consummation on a daily basis provides body with so important vitamin C and fibers, both necessary for a healthy immune system.
  2. Hair, face and body care - Facial sun spots, acne, pale or lifeless looking skin, dull hair, broken capillaries and even cellulite ; these are all indications for using the healing power of lemon. As a pure juice or an aromatic oil, as a treatment, a balm or a tonic, lemon can significantly improve any of these conditions, by helping you regain lost vitality, moisture and radiance.
  3. Medical purposes - Lemon helps both by preventing, but also easing number of diseases, chronic ailments and acute conditions. Alone or combined with other powerful remedies such as apple vinegar, garlic and onion, lemon successfully fights flue, bronchitis, diarrhea, high blood pressure and cholesterol, migraine, hay fever and many more.
  4. Household cleaning and freshening - Lemon is great ally when it comes to fighting dirt, limestone, grease or bad odors. Its main component - citric acid - resolves all the common household types of sediments and can even beat glue stains. Environment friendly and yet very strong in its action, once introduced into everyday household care, it stays there for good.

Drink Warm Lemon Water First Thing Every Morning!

Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm (not hot) water first thing after you get up in the morning and drink it all at once. Warm water is the best bowel movements stimulator and fresh lemon juice greatly helps liver to produce bile which is important for digestion. This is the simple truth behind the lemon water weight loss.

In addition to that, this healthy habit can help you get rid of unpleasant symptoms such as heartburn and bloating.

Enjoy Lemon Juice Benefits With This Great Little Fruit Juicer

Oster 3186OST Citrus Juicer
Oster 3186OST Citrus Juicer

This is a very good compact type of automatic fruit juicer, with detachable 27 oz pitcher showing the juice level. One of its best features is the reverse running option which helps you get the most juice possible. Drip free spout is also something I find very important about juicers and this model has it.

lemon health benefits come from this beautiful slice
lemon health benefits come from this beautiful slice | Source

Try Lemon Juice in Hair - Lemon Juice Hair Treatment

This is an old homemade hair treatment recipe for dull and lifeless looking hair I've learned from my grandmother.


  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups (32 fl. oz.) of water
  • 2 table spoons of olive oil


  1. Squeeze the lemon.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the water first and olive oil after that. Make sure the mixture reaches the body temperature before applying it to your hair.
  3. Gently massage the treatment into the hair and wrap it with a towel.
  4. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes,
  5. Wash your hair thoroughly.

Lemon Benefits For Skin - Look How Easy and Healthy It is to Use Them

Lemons are great first aid for headache

Did you know that lemon rind can help you ease or eliminate your headache? The only thing you should make sure is to have the lemon that hasn't been treated with any chemicals, since you'll be putting the rind directly onto your temples. Now, there are two ways of doing this:

1. peel the lemon, take only the peel itself and massage your temples with the outer (yellow) side of it and the essential oil will do the job :) or

2. peel the lemon, but peel the pith too, so that the rind is left yellow from the inside too and then massage your temples with this inner side - the effect of oil penetrating your skin is pretty much the same

Note: maybe that's understandable, but there's no harm in mentioning it - wash the lemon thoroughly before peeling it :)

Learn the Temples Massage

Did you know?

It takes about 90 lemons to extract a single ounce of essential oil?

Aromatic Health Benefits of Lemons - Lemon Scent Aromatherapy

Lemon (Citrus Limon) - Aromatherapy Grade 100% Pure Essential Oil
Lemon (Citrus Limon) - Aromatherapy Grade 100% Pure Essential Oil

If you like the scent of lemons you will enjoy this essential oil, especially when it spreads around the house. It's refreshing, calming and it gives a clean touch to your home atmosphere.


Clean Your Microwave With Lemon

An Unusual Cleaning Set - Now It's Really Easy To Clean With Lemons

Full Circle Come Clean Natural Cleaning Set
Full Circle Come Clean Natural Cleaning Set

Are you ready to get serious about cleaning with lemons and finally get rid of all those horrible chemicals around the house? Then this is the best way to start. These are spray bottles with built in lemon juicer (fits all 3 containers), one mixing bottle, a microfiber cloth, 2 lemon reamers and a nice recipe booklet to teach you of some great natural ways of cleaning your home, clothes, car etc.


Watch How You Store Lemons!

Make sure you store lemons in a cool, dry and dark place like refrigerator, if you want them to keep their freshness longer. Keeping them in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter at room temperature can do only if you're planning to use them within the next couple of days.

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @prasetio30 Yes, lemons are great for cooling down during hot days. Plus what David says, looking them alone makes you feel better already :)

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @My Bell Thank you for liking it. I love yellow and it was hard to resist to putting too many large yellow photos :)

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Happy to see people find it useful. Thanks a lot for your visit.

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I agree David, I obviously left out the most obvious :) Glad you like the rest and thank you for stopping by.

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love lemon, especially in a hot day. I often make lemon shorbet. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Great hub and voted up!

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thumbs up here too! Nice hub and great pics!

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      Very Informative hub on the benefits of lemons. Thumbs up on your article Tamara14.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      The only thing I'll add here is that, in addition to everything you mentioned, I find lemons beautiful to look at too. It all makes a really nice package of benefits.

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      Medical_Weight_Management_Center 3 years ago

      Great info. It's hard to beat fresh slices of lemon when you want to freshen up your glass of water!

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @SteveKaye: Lucky you Steve for having a lemon tree; use it as much as you can. Watch for that tea though, too hot beverages reduce the amount of vitamin c in lemon. But it tastes just great:)

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I really like the idea of drinking warm water with lemon juice (and no sugar). Since we have a lemon tree, I can try that tomorrow. In fact, I could add lemon to hot tea.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Years ago someone told me about the warm lemon drink first thing in the morning and I'd forgotten how to do it. I was also told it was a good 'weight loss' hint in that it somehow rev'd up your metabolism. Ever hear of that? Anyway, thanks for the reminder. Will begin (again) tomorrow! I'm also going to check out that video about using lemons for your skin. Excellent descriptions of the benefits of lemons.

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      I knew some of these things about lemons, but other bits were new to me - thank you!

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      sagheero 3 years ago

      Great bunch of info all in one place!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Yes we all learnt in school Lemons have vitamin C etc , but your lens gave me some more benefits that I did not know much. I also liked the way you have presented this lens. Cheers.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      This lens had just made me love lemons even more! Fantastic job! Sundae ;-)

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      Debbie 4 years ago from England

      I love lemons! I enjoyed watching the video on cleaning the microwave with them. I'd never have thought of that and am just about to try it out!

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      AdriatiX 4 years ago

      I completely agree with the statement that lemons are great for your skin. Lemons, honey, marigold flower are amazing natural variations for your skin.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I love using lemons for health benefits and many other things. This is great information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I am a big fan of lemons for health. They are also a good fruit for helping with problems of inflammation.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Yeah! Well, I like to drink lemon tea :)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love lemon in savoury dishes like curries and soups. Delicious.

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      kopox 4 years ago

      loves lemon tea :D

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I thought I knew something about lemons, but even I learned something new here. Thank you for putting this lens together.


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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Very valuable information about lemons.Lemon rind seems to be interesting.

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      wecomparebooks 4 years ago

      Wow! I learned so much! Thank you

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      sherioz 4 years ago

      There is nothing like the smell of lemons. And I love lemonade with mint.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Excellent resource about lemons and their benefits. Personally, I use lemon as a cleaning agent for kitchen/bathroom. Not much for the health side of them

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      A great Lens of Lemony Goodness; thanks for all the great information.

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      I have to say: I love lemons. So it was nice to learn it is good for my health. I will have to consider eating the pith... Thanks for the info!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      lovely lemons and a nice lemony lens:) I am headed to the kitchen for a fresh squeezed lemonade after all this inspiration!

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      What an excellent lens, and congratulations on your Purple Star. I love lemons, they always smell so lovely and fresh.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My feet have been swelling up lately so I am now drinking lemon juice hoping to knock the water out of me. Lemons flush out the water.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We have a lemon tree that is at least 75 years old. It still produces delicious fruit, two crops a year. I planted several more lemon trees, but it will be years before they are actually trees. Lovely lens!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I didn't know about the health benefits about lemons until I read this! Thanks!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I knew some but learned a a bit as well. I love adding the zest to dishes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      AWESOME work I love to eat lemons from a drink raw :) my 5 year old does too lol

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I picked up some really good info here, especially about the pith. Thanks and blessed.

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      WebWriteGirl LM 5 years ago

      What a great lens stocked with ideas! I want to try your idea there for shiny hair! Thanks!

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      shiuls 5 years ago

      very nice tips

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Such a great lens!!!! I love everything lemon, but never knew it was good for hair and skin!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Nice reminder of ready available produce with so many uses and full of goodness

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never knew much about the lemon, thanks for sharing all of this info

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Lemons are always wonderful by themselves or in a great summer dish!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      What a great hub on the health benefits of lemons. Tamara, you have done a great job.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      I love lemons and start everyday with the juice of 1/2 lemon squeezed into filtered water right when I get up .... before anything else ... really gets me going! Great lens.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      That lemon pergola looks lovely. I love drinking lemonade, it's good to know about its many health benefits.

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      snappycanvas 5 years ago

      I so needed this health idea! It's time to be more healthy I guess! Thanks for a very helpful tips and introduce some of the health benefits of lemons.

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      GuitarForLife LM 5 years ago

      I love lemons, outs nice to know their good for you

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I love lemons and use them in several way (food, skin and cleaning) but I never knew about the hair! So thank you for that - I will definitely try it. I have chemical sensitivity so it sounds ideal for me. A brilliant lens - *Blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was just returning to congratulate you on front page honors, I blessed in November but maybe it didn't show for you, I'm seeing a green thumb. Suddenly I want some lemonade!

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      Sanja94 5 years ago

      You write some great stuff i didn't know. Thank you.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      I knew they were good for you, but didn't really know about all the extra benefits. I am ready to see what it does for my freckles, skin and hair. Thanks for sharing all this great information.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I didn't know that Lemon has this many health benefits. Thanks for the great information.

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      Cassidy Wadsworth 5 years ago

      I just discovered this super fruit a couple months ago, and I was glad to find this lens that has all the benefits in one place. Well done! I like to squeeze a lemon, mix it with some bentonite clay and water, and drink it.

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      perso 5 years ago

      I didn't till now:). I'll need to look for some lemon juices recipes for this summer.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I have fresh lemons every day in my vegetable smoothies! Love them AND this article. :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Some, but not all of them. I love lemons, lemon scent and your lens about them!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Brilliant lens-learn't some also

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I love lemons. I eat them all of the time with salt.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Nice lens...but Lemons can be pricey in comparison to other fruits. can a lime give the same benefits?

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      changename 5 years ago

      Growing up in Jamaica my grandmother taught me the benefits of fresh lemons...many of which i still use today...especially for cleaning. I leave 2 halves of lemon in the dishwasher to remove the chemical smell from the detergent.

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      dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

      thanks for the great work

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      tailsandsnouts 5 years ago

      It's a good thing I love lemons so much! Lemon juice can also be used to bring out the blond in your hair too. At least that's what my mother has told me.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Great info on lemons. I love the smell!

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      i did, somewhat....i love lemons, so this lens gave me a good reason to use them more!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      I knew of some of its benefits but certainly not all! Excellent info! Must try this!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I love making lemon-strawberry slushes for hot afternoon pick me ups. Blessings.

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      Lucky621 LM 5 years ago

      My mouth is puckering - lol - great info - I didn't realize there were so many uses for lemons.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Love lemons! Use them all the time.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will certainly use lemons now for my hair. I did not know this before.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I love lemons. Thanks!

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I squeeze lemon on my green tea. Tastes great.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I did not know all of the health benefits of lemons. Great lens!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Yes I know but not all of them, so I learn something from the lens. I usually drink lemonade and use in cooking, cakes, pies, fish

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting and educational lens. I had no idea you could do all that with lemons.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Came back to look up something on lemons, and leave some Angel stardust now that I can :) Good idea GramaBarb, am going to pin it too, that way it will be easy to find next time.

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Great lens! I just pinned it!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Excellent information on the health benefits of lemons! I love lemons, and my son has loved them from a baby - we eat the whole lemon, including the skin, and it's delicious! :) Blessed. :)

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      fefe42 5 years ago

      I've always loved lemons and have some more ideas on how to use lemons now. ~blessed~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lemons are a wonderful fruit. I didn't realize all the health benefits they have, so this is pretty interesting to me. Thank you for sharing. Blessed!

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Love lemons and this lens is very nicely done - love it!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I can't imagine life without lemons. Love their colour, the zing they add, and that wonderful scent too.

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      AnnaAdam LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens about Lemon health benefits. I also love the photos of your lens. They are very relevant just like your content. Excellent presentation

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had always been aware of some of the uses of lemons that you have outlined here, but I certainly learned some new things as well. I wish we could grow lemons in my garden, but sadly we could only do it if we had a heated greenhouse.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      Yeah! I aced the quiz :) What a great lens - I learnt quite a few things about lemons!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know these...we have lemon trees in our place and they have so many fruits.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know these...we have lemon trees in our place and they have so many fruits.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love lemonade, but lately I use them for cleaning and it smells just great.

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      efrancois 5 years ago

      Very Nice Article!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens! I love my morning lemonade, but never realized it was healthy! :)

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      Yikes. I failed you lemon test so badly. It means I don't know enough yet

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent lens very informative

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I love lemons and use them pretty much everyday in everything I do. Great Lens!

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      Lemons are very tasty on salads and soups. I also love lemonades.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I don't like buying a lemon (not the fruit). I do love lemons. Very informative and healthy lens.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      lemons are a great way to clense most things, including the house car and body, great lens well done

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I drink lemon water daily - it's a great internal cleanser - thanks for the awesome lens -:)

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      I squeeze lemon into water every morning to alkalize my body. I love it!

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      Lemon is good during summer when it is taken as juice with salt which is good for the dehydration.