Today, more and more healing properties of lemon are being discovered therefore, lemon tea gets all the more important. Lemon tea is an excellent choice for a warm, tasty and above all healing beverage. Since ancient times lemons are used for various medicinal purposes. It is believed that the lemon originated in China or India. Lemon tea is easy to prepare, and it has a very refreshing taste and is full of various vitamins and minerals.
Healing properties – of lemon tea
Since ancient times people have been studying the beneficial properties of lemon. Today many of those theories are confirmed, and there are many additional ones, so some of them are:
- It reduces the risk of cancer. This property is due to its richness in vitamin C (antioxidant),
- It purifies the blood,
- It strengthens the immune system,
- It has antiviral and antibacterial effect, and lemon tea is extremely good for various colds,
- It facilitates digestion, removes constipation, prevents vomiting,
- It is useful for acidosis,
- It calms the nerves and heart,
- It reduces high blood pressure,
- It strengthens blood vessels due to its richness in vitamin P,
- It helps with rheumatism,
- It helps with maintaining the health of teeth and bones,
- It helps you breathe easier, which is used by hikers during the lack of oxygen,
- It helps with insomnia,
- It refreshes breath,
- It improves concentration,
- It removes fatigue, dizziness,
- It is good for the heart because of its richness in potassium,
- It helps with treating asthma, cough, headache,
- And many other medicinal properties.
Preparation – of lemon tea
- Boil the water,
- Put one filter bag in 1 cup (read the instructions on lemon tea packaging), if tea is not in filter bags then put half of lemon in 2dl of water (if you do not want pieces of lemon in your cup of tea then strain the lemon and put filtered lemon juice in the cup with water)
- Leave the cup for a few minutes,
- After this you can start enjoying drinking this extremely healthy beverage.
Additives to the prepared – lemon tea
As an additive to lemon tea sweetener and honey is used. If you do not like the taste or you prefer a sweeter taste, add sweetener to the cup of tea. However, many prefer honey with lemon tea. Honey will make this beverage very tasty and healthy.Of course one should not exaggerate with additives, so if you are simply not fond of the taste of the tea, add one teaspoon of your favorite additive.
Packaging – of lemon tea
In sales it is found in the form of tea, in filter bags, or you can buy lemon as a fruit. If you are buying it in filter bags it is desirable that the package is well packed.
If you are buying lemon it is desirable that you know which is better. The heavier lemon is better. You should also pay attention to the appearance and shape of a lemon. Lemon has a pale yellow or greenish-yellow color, which depends on the time when lemon was picked. Here, we should pay attention not to buy lemon which has mold on it. Also a lemon that is green is more sour, and it is also not good when it is too ripe, therefore it is necessary to choose a lemon that has a bright yellow color and in the end you need to choose a lemon that has the thinnest and smooth crust.
Preservation – of lemon tea
Like other teas, lemon tea must be stored in a dry, cold and well closed place without contact with moisture or other strong scents.Lemon is a fruit that is very resistant and can last very long. It will stay fresh for about a week if left at room temperature, but it should not be exposed to sunlight. If you are not planning to use lemon for a long time then it is advisable to put lemon in the refrigerator where it will retain freshness for up to a month.
Use the tea until the date printed on the packaging.
Breeding and picking – of lemon tea
Lemon is mostly grown in the United States, Italy, Spain, India, Turkey and Greece.Lemon is a tree that is a part of Citrus class. The Citrus include: lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit. These plants originate from southern Asia.
There are various kinds of lemon trees growing in different regions, and their fruit flavors and other characteristics somewhat differ.
Lemon is a smaller tree about 5 meters high. It is evergreen and thorny tree. The leaves are narrow, light green in color and egg-shaped. The petals are purple on the outside and white inside. The fruit is yellow. The fruit consists of crust that is rough, and its interior is coated with a white tunica. This tree is grown mainly because of the fruits that ripen up to two times a year.
Processing and classification – of lemon tea
There are different types of lemon: „Eureka“, „Lisbon“, „Ponderosa“, „Meyer“ etc.“Eureka” and “Lisbon” are two types that have very similar fruits. They have a similar flavor, sourness and aroma. Still, “Eureka” has a rougher and thicker crust, and usually contains seeds which are usually not present in “Lisbon”. “Eureka” and “Lisbon” ripen in the fall and winter.
“Ponderosa” has very large floors. The fruits have a very big crust.
“Meyer” has a fruit that is less sour than other lemons. The fruits have smaller crust.
Origin and history – of lemon tea
History of lemon is not entirely known. It is believed that lemon originated in India or China, where it is grown even today. There they used lemons for various purposes, mainly as a cure for various poisons. Today in India it is used in traditional Indian medicines, and in kitchens.The world learned of this highly healing fruit later. Around year 700 the lemon appears in Egypt and Iraq. It is believed that the lemon was brought to Europe in the Mediterranean countries by Arabs in the 11th century. In America lemon comes through Christopher Columbus in 1493. In America lemon was mostly grown in California and Florida. In Florida the practice of growing lemons was abandoned for some time, but it recovered in 1984. Today the main producers of lemons are USA, Italy, Spain, India, Turkey and Greece.
CompositionLemon fruit consists of crust, interior. The crust takes about 40% while the interior takes 60%.
Each piece of lemon is used in something. The crust is used to make candied fruits, from the seeds lemon oil is made, but lemon is still mostly used for its juice. Lemon juice is used to make lemon tea, many cocktails, etc.
One lemon fruit contains about 40% of the juice, and this of course differs from lemon to lemon. Lemon juice has sour taste (because of citric acid), and it is often drunk in a way that it is diluted with water. Lemon juice contains: citric acid, sugar, vitamins A, B and C (the most present out of all vitamins in lemon), fat, and minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium.
Lemon tea is often used in various diets during weight loss, i.e. for losing weight. This functionality is due to composition of lemon tea. Composition of lemon tea improves digestion, slows the assimilation of fats and helps in burning fat. Also, because of the richness in vitamin C as a famous antioxidant, it helps in preserving the youth of the skin.