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Lemon, and other citrus fruits are common in the tropics worldwide. Lemon is believed to be native throughout the monsoon regions of Asia, and to have been introduced to the tropics of the Mediterranean and the Americas. Lemons found their way to Italy by 200 AD, and are thought to have been cultivated in Egypt and Iraq by 700 AD.
They belong to the Rutaceae family, along with other medicinal plants Buchu (Agasthoma betulina), Rue (Ruta graveolans), and Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum spp.). They are considered an evergreen tree that can grow up to 20 feet tall, and if the weather allows will continue to grow and fruit all year long. True lemons actually have sharp thorns lining their twigs, though some varieties have been bred to lose this trait.
Lemon is not an original citrus fruit, but rather a hybrid between a citron and a sour orange. Lemon and its citrus fruit cousins became revered by Dutch botanists in the 17th century. Orangeries, which are buildings like greenhouses that were built as extension with many windows to protect exotic trees and plants from harsh northern winters, became popular and common additions to the homes of the wealthy throughout Europe. James Lind (1716 – 1794), a Scottish surgeon, was the first to identify lemons and citrus fruits as a treatment for sailors suffering with scurvy.
In rudimentary clinical trials, using 6 pairs of scurvied seamen, those who received citrus quickly recovered. Lind’s work was published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1753, under the name Treatise of the Scurvy, and he is credited with the discovery of the cure
Possible side effects include:
- Development Of Kidney Stones
Lemon peels are rich in oxalates which when they react with calcium, it can lead to the development of kidney stones. Make sure you regulate the amount of oxalate foods you consume.
- Increases Iron Content
Lemon peels increase iron content in the body. Lemon peels are rich in vitamin C which encourages iron absorption in the blood. Too much iron in the blood can be harmful to your internal organs.
- Trigger Migraines
Lemon peel can trigger a migraine. Although further studies are required to ascertain this claim, citric foods and drinks are said to trigger migraines. If you often experience migraines, it's important to avoid a lemon.
- Develops Nausea
Lemon peels can cause nausea and vomiting. Usually, lemon peels are rich in vitamins C which if consumed in excess, it can cause nausea, and in serious cases vomiting
- It’s also important to remember that non-organic lemons are sometimes covered pesticides, insecticides, and wax covering. Therefore, make sure that you wash thoroughly before using them. Additionally, you may consider using organic lemons to avoid the issue of wax coverings.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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