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Lemon: The Best Fruit Ever

Updated on May 31, 2019
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I used to help in our family restaurant, and I love good food. I enjoy thinking up creative ways to use leftovers to avoid food waste.

9 Reasons Why Lemon is the Best Fruit

You would be amazed by the many things lemons can be used for, from food and drinks to domestic cleaning, odour removal, anti-bacterial and freckle removal.


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Here's a List of The Ways Lemons Can Be Used:

  1. To give you valuable vitamins
  2. Useful for its flavour in cooking
  3. The juice makes a delicious drink
  4. Useful for skincare and removing brown freckles
  5. Useful for cleaning
  6. Useful for hair care
  7. Useful for invisible ink
  8. Use to whiten finger nails and fingers
  9. Use as a deodorant

Is There Nothing These Lemons Can't Be Used For?

Yes of course there are limits, but no fruit is as versatile as the humble lemon - they're worth their weight in gold (and almost cost that amount nowadays, but still cheaper than buying manufactured goods!)

Before We Go Into Detail Below, I Thought You Might Enjoy My Silly Poem Called "Lemon" - Is She Like Anyone You Know?

My Poem - Lemon
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Lemons Are Full of Vitamins and Minerals

1. Lemons are Nutritious

Health Benefits of Lemons:

  • Lemons are very beneficial to health because they contain vitamins C, B12 and B3, antioxidants, citric acid, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium, which can improve your immune and digestive systems and have detoxifying effects.
  • Lemons are a natural diuretic, causing frequent urination which enables the body to flush fat cells from your body and rid it of surplus water and toxins.
  • Citric acid assists digestion by stimulating stomach juices, which helps to combat toxins, encouraging efficient metabolism. and absorption of essential nutrients. With poor digestion, your body incorrectly reacts as though it is malnourished; this stimulates a craving for food, so correcting this may stop food cravings and thus assist you in losing weight.

Source of Information: How do Lemons Burn Fat - Livestrong : Colin Linneweber

2. Use Lemon for its Flavour in Cooking

Lemons act as a flavour enhancer and meat tenderizer

Lemons in Cooking:

  • Lemon is a seasoning which enhances the flavour of sauce, meat, vegetables and cakes. It is a flavor catalyst, interacting with the taste buds to make the flavors that follow more pronounced.
  • Squeezing Lemons: To extract the maximum amount of juice, roll the lemon on a flat surface applying light pressure as you do so, thus bursting the juicy cells in the lemon's flesh, releasing more of the juice.
  • Lemon skin is called zest, and contains powerful flavor compounds.

Cooking with Lemons:

The acid in lemons reacts in different ways with different foods. It can helps to dissolve connective tissues in meat, and lemon juice is therefore commonly used in marinades, where it tenderizes tougher cuts of meat. It will help vegetables such as potatoes and turnips to maintain their white color, and, squeezed over fruit, it stops it turning brown, so is particularly useful squeezed over fruit salads, bananas, avocado pear, apples, aubergines, and any fruit or vegetable which is liable to discolour when exposed to the air.

But beware - the acid in lemon juice can curdle milk,

Remember Your Hygiene!

Before you use your lemon, give it a wash - you don't know where it's been - some people only wash their hands after their work is done rather than after they have used the toilet! The outer skin could be full of germs!

3. Lemon Juice Makes a Delicious Drink

You can make all kinds of drinks

Lemon Drinks:

  • Lemonade with freshly squeezed lemons, sparkling water and sweetening (sugar, honey and/or commercial sweetener)
  • Hot Lemon and Honey - good for sore throats and colds as the honey also has healing properties. I sometimes add a dash of whisky or brandy (for medicinal purposes only, you understand!), for an extra comforting warm glow.
  • Lemon Tea - a refreshing drink which you can take either hot or cold.
  • Hot Lemon and Ginger - use fresh crushed chopped ginger, or half a packet of Chinese ginger drink. The ginger also has medicinal properties, and if you add honey as a sweetener, you have a drink with three beneficial ingredients.
  • Brandy Sour - A very more-ish cocktail made with brandy, a generous squeeze of lemon juice, topped up with ginger ale and ice cubes.

4. Lemons Are Useful for Skincare

Use lemon juice to banish blemishes and freckles

Using lemons for skincare:

  • Acne Remover - Wet a paper towel with lemon juice then rub it on your skin blemishes, pimples, and other acne lesions.
  • clear up facial blemishes - Dab lemon juice on the blemish a few times a day.
  • Eliminate blackheads - Rub lemon juice over blackheads before going to bed and leave on overnight, washing off in the morning. Repeat for a few nights, until you see a big improvement in the skin.
  • Lighten or remove age freckles on your hands and arms - Rub lemon juice onto freckles and leave to dry two or three times daily for a consecutive days - you should see a significant improvement.
  • Relieve rough hands or sore feet - Apply lemon juice, rinse, then massage with olive oil.

5. Use Lemon for Cleaning and Deodorizing

Lemon has antiseptic qualities too

Use Lemon for Domestic Cleaning and Deodorizing:

  • Stain Remover - Remove ink spots from clothing while ink is wet, apply lemon juice liberally to the spot, and then wash the garment in normal cycle with regular detergent in cold water. You can also use lemon for removing blood, ketchup, tea and coffee stains. It works not only on clothing, but also on plastic containers, cutting boards and furniture.
  • Remove rust and mineral discolorations on cotton clothing - Use one cup of lemon juice in your washing machine.
  • Clean your microwave oven and remove smells - Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean.
  • Clean and shine brass, and copper, and also stainless steel kitchen sinks - Make a paste from lemon juice and salt, scrub gently, then rinse with water - The acidic properties in lemon work wonders on the surfaces of metal furniture and china. Add the juice to soap, when cleaning metal items.
  • Deodorize a cutting board - Use lemon juice to wash your cutting board to remove the smell of garlic, onions, or fish.
  • Remove fruit stains from your hands - Rub hands with lemon juice.
  • De-scale your bathroom taps - leave used lemon wedges against the bases of your bathroom taps for an hour or so to allow the citric acid to dissolve limescale..
  • China and Kitchenware Disinfectant - Use lemon extract when washing your china and other kitchen equipment. Its acidic content displaces dirt and kills germs easily.

6. Use Lemon for Haircare

You'll be amazed what lemon can do for your hair!

Use lemon juice on your hair:

  • To Create Blonde Highlights - Wet your hair, squirt lemon juice all over and sit in the sun - it will lighten up. It works particularly well on blonde or light brown hair.
  • Get rid of dandruff - Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to your shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons lemon juice and two cups water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.
  • For shiny hair - use lemon juice with or instead of your usual conditioner.

7. Lemon Juice for Invisible Ink

Children love invisible ink

  • Use Lemon Juice to Write with Invisible Ink:
  • Use a cotton wool bud or toothpick as a pen to write in lemon juice on a piece of white paper. Once it dries, To read the message, hold the paper near a hot light bulb. The writing will turn brown.

8. Whiten Stained Fingers and Nails With Lemon

Especially good for fingers stained brown by nicotine

Use lemon to whiten and strengthen fingernails and remove nicotine staining:

  • Soak fingernails in lemon juice for ten minutes, then scrub with a nailbrush using a mixture of half white vinegar and half warm water. Rinse well.

9. Use lemon as an emergency deodorant

(But mind you haven't got any open cuts....ouch!!)

Lemon as a Short-Term Deodorant :

  • If you have run out of deodorant and need it urgently, wet your armpits with lemon juice. The deodorizing effect will last for a few hours.

Video About Babies Eating Lemon for the First Time

Poll on the Uses of Lemons


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Love a Lemon

You Can't Go Wrong With a Lemon

unless you spill the juice on a cut by mistake - then you'll find that lemons can even make you curse and jump!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Did you Like My Poem? - Want to Add a Sour Comment or Words of Honey? Squeeze Out a Comment, Pips and All

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      I'm not keen on limes - whenever I buy any, they tend to go off before I use them all up

    • cmoneyspinner1tf profile image

      Treathyl FOX 

      13 months ago from Austin, Texas

      When it comes to lemons I don't need any convincing about how great they are. But I still like limes better! LOL.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hope some of the facts are useful to you, and thanks for visiting.

    • aziza786 profile image

      Zia Uddin 

      15 months ago from UK

      Lovely facts on lemons.

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      Pat Parker Burke 

      4 years ago

      I love your poem. And I love the many uses of lemons.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @OhMe: The more pie you eat, the better it is??? Hmm.....

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yes, I liked your poem and your page. My husband has been on a lemon pie kick for a couple of weeks so I am glad to know it is so good for you.

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      7 years ago

      I grew up in a wholesale citrus nursery... I LOVE Lemons (but I also love oranges, limes, mandarins and kumquats.)

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful article. Lemons are indeed life's little miracle fruit. When you asked the question on if I felt they were, I thought of all the other fruits, and could not think of a one that out performs the lemon.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You touched on a few uses for lemon I wasn't aware of.

    • Frischy profile image


      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      It is interesting to learn all the wide variety of uses for a lemon. Thank you!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MaggiePowell: Yes, it's a good one to remember

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      8 years ago

      My kids love the invisible ink trick

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      8 years ago

      I love the poem.

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      pimbels lm 

      9 years ago

      I like this lens. There are some great tips, especially about skincare and household. Thank you.

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      Jhangora LM 

      9 years ago

      I love Lemon Tea, specially the salty variety. Wasn't aware Lemon and Lime are different. We do get different varieties of Citrus fruits in our part of the world - Uttarakhand, India.

      Thumbs up for a real informative and beautiful Lens.

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      9 years ago

      a lens which is full of information and life. Thanks for all the tips i really needed something for my dandruff as nothing was working out.

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Love this lens. Well written and crafted it is also a great reminder of one of nature's gifts that is probably not well resourced by many. Featured this on Save Planet Earth

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      9 years ago

      Great tips and uses for the lemon. Great job.

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      9 years ago

      Lovely tribute to the lemon.

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      9 years ago

      I love lemons too, for all there great uses! Love your poem, cheeky and cute! :_)

    • JulietJohnson profile image


      9 years ago

      I love the line "she was a little tart"... very tongue in cheek! Super lens. Well done!

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      MirandaBrooks LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      I learned some things here. Thank you for the information. Lensrolling it to one of my lenses.

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      Lots of goodies about the lemon! Enjoyed your lens very much. I will try to remember the ink spot trick next time.


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