Lemons were brought to Florida in the United States by Christopher Columbus in the 16th century.

Ever since then they have been grown. This citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C which is useful in the treatment of scurvy a condition suffered by sailors at that time who were malnourished at sea and lacked sufficient supply of this vitamin.

There was a time when a single lemon went for as high as $1.

Now lemons are affordable and readily available in your local grocery store or fruit market.

Apart from vitamin C, lemons also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The antioxidant simply known as flavonoids is very useful in combating cancer, inflammation and heart disease.

Lemons and indeed lemon juice can be added to our daily diet as they make good salad dressing, they also can be used along other fruits and veggies to make a healthy drink. You can squeeze this citrus fruit on your favourite vegetables as well.

Here are 5 ways you can use lemon.

1. Use Lemon For Cooking

To avoid clumpy rice: Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to your rice while it is cooking to stop it from clumping.

Lemon Ice cubes: You can put the lemon juice in your ice tray to make lemon cubes.

Lemon helps to stop your veggies and fruits from browning: You can soak your favourite fruits and veggies such as bananas, chopped apples, potatoes and pears in lemon water to prevent them from browning.

As an alternative to sour cream: just add lemon juice to your whipped cream and leave it for 30 minutes and it will be ready as a sour cream substitute.

Get you limp lettuce revived:  In a bowl of cold water just add half a lemon juice and soak your limp lettuce to get them revived in no time. You should refrigerate your lettuce and after about one hour in will be crisp again.

2. Lemon is great for your health

Get rid of coughs: To get rid of your cough, you can mix hot lemon water with some natural raw honey. When you drink this your cough will be relieved.

Treat your sore throat: Just gargle lemon water in the morning and at night before bedtime to get instant relief from sore throat.

Soothe skin rashes with lemon: Soothe the itching that comes with rashes using lemon juice. Just dip a cotton ball and apply the juice to the rash to get relief.

Soothe insect bites: Reduce the swelling and itchiness associated with insect bites, just apply lemon juice to the site of the bite with a cotton ball.

Get rid of warts: You can get rid of warts by putting lemon juice directly on them.

3. Achieve natural beauty using lemon

Get rid of freckles and age spots: Use cotton swabs soaked in lemon juice to eliminate freckles and fade age spots.

Lemon is an ingredient for a natural exfoliator: Mix sugar, honey, olive oil and lemon juice to make a natural exfoliating facial and body scrub.