If you are going to have a citrus tree in your yard, make it a lemon tree! Unlike any other fruit, lemons have a variety of uses and benefits that go far beyond the scope of your kitchen.
Lemons have multiple uses when it comes to cooking, whether you are using them to flavor chicken, adding a slice of lemon on a piece of fish or squeezing the juice into a salad dressing or marinade. You don't have to go far to find a recipe that has lemons as a star ingredient.
But did you know lemons have multiple uses beyond common culinary benefits. Our modern-day lemon's roots can be traced back to it's ancestor the etrog. It's yellow spherical shape is much like it's descendant, but it is longer and the surface is bumpy. Many of our modern-day citrus fruits came from this fruit, not only in the United States but all over the world.
The lemon's anciet past means that many cultures and civilizations incorporated it into their everyday lives. Lemons have always been known for their purification properties to clean surfaces, sanitize the air and block odors. The active compound limonene is a powerful natural defense against bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew. That makes lemon oil especially effective in cleaning around the house.
You can use lemon oil to disinfect cutting boards after their use. Put a few drops in a spray bottle of water to clean around the house including kitchen counters. Not only does it clean surfaces and purify the air, but it also smells amazing! Many people use lemon oil in their diffusers to help their home to smell fresh and clean.
You can even cut up a lemon and put it in the disposal to clean the blades and deodorize. One of my favorite uses for lemon is to clean the microwave. I cut up a lemon and put it in a microwaveable bowl of water. Then, put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes. When it's done, throw the lemon and water in my sink to clean the disposal. In the meantime, I wipe out my microwave. Because of the lemon water, all the mess comes up quickly and easily.
Lemons also have medicinal properties. They have a drastic effect on uplifting mood and can give you energy and motivation. They have also been found to help with heartburn by neutralizing the acid in your stomach.
Lemons can also act as a natural pesticide as you can put some lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray around window seals, baseboards and around entrances of your home. It deters insects without the nasty side effects of pesticides.
Because lemons have such a great reputation for giving your home and mood a lift, they are great to decorate with. I just made a lemon wreath that you can see here: How to Make a DIY Lemon Wreath. What I didn't realize when writing this post was the significant meaning of lemons. Their significance goes back to anciet times and it makes them the perfect decor for your front door for others to see as they enter your home. You can read more about their symbolism in the same link above.
Lemons play an important role in our ancient past and have multiple uses in our present. What a universal fruit that benefits our lives in so many ways!