A Simple History: Lemon Juice as an Antidote

Iris | 09 - 12 - 2021

Most of us know that lemon has vitamin C in it and it plays a vital role in various health benefits of humans and most importantly it is used as an immunity booster, but how many of you know that lemon can also be used as an antidote to all poisons. Yes, research says that our ancestors have used lemon as an antidote to all poisons. Get into our blog to discover the SnappleSnapple fact about the lemon juice and the history of lemon juice uses.

Snapple Facts about Lemons

Even though the origin of the lemon is unknown, according to some resources, lemon has been originated in southeast Asia to be precise it is North-Western India. Lemons were introduced to Southern Italy around 200 AD and they have started to be cultivated in Egypt and Iran since 700AD. 

It was Christopher Columbus who introduced lemon to Americans. When Columbus left Europe in 1492 to find the new world he brought lemon seeds with him and they were planted in Hispaniola in 1493. 

Lemons Are Native to South Asia.
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Spaniard explorers and other missionaries planted lemons and other fruits in Florida and California but Florida lemon cultivation suffered a lot as the massive freeze caused a major setback in the year 1886. Since then commercial lemon crops have not been attempted in Florida until 1950.

History of Lemon Juice Uses as an Antidote

Lemon and other citrus fruits have historically been used as an antidote to cannabis intoxication. It is due to the effect of a terpene called limonene, one of the most common terpenes found in nature. Limonene is also found in some cannabis strains which have a lemon-like aroma, but not all of them. 

We all know that scurvy is a disease caused due to the lack of vitamin C in our daily intake. This disease has been observed mostly in sailors and pirates as they spend half of their lives on the sea without proper intake of fruit, vegetables and other nutritional foods. A physician from the British Royal Navy proved that Scurvy can be treated and prevented with lemon and other citrus fruits. After this discovery, all the British ships were stocked with lemon and citrus fruits. 

Even during the California Gold Rush, there was food scarcity and all the miner’s diets were poor which led to the risk of scurvy. Since then numerous lemon trees were planted in California in order to prevent the disease. The most interesting fact is that scurvy is not observed in most animals as they were capable of producing Vitamin C. 

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