Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
The citron, more commonly known as lemons or oranges, are mentioned in the sunnah many times. Both are amazing in their own right and should be consumed daily to receive their benefits inshaAllah.
The example of a believer who recited the Qur’an, is that of a citron which smells good and tastes good… – Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 338, Vol. 7
No one can deny the benefits of lemons. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning can kick start your metabolism and flush out unwanted toxins, it balances the pH of the body and it’s jam packed with vitamin C. Beauty bloggers praise lemon juice as a wonder cure for dark spots or blemishes on the face and it’s acidic properties can be used as a natural exfoliant as well as a skin brightener.
As for oranges, who doesn’t love starting their morning with a glass of freshly squeezed OJ? Having low levels of vitamin C in your diet may make you susceptible to illness which is why people swear by orange juice for colds and flu. Vitamin C is also a crucial compnent in aiding the absorption of iron. So, taking an iron tablet with orange juice is often recommended by doctors.
It is narrated that one of the wives of the Prophet (saw) used to treat blind people with citron dipped in honey, subhanAllah. This is a wonderful hadith but please, don’t go squirting lemon juice and honey in people’s eyes!
How do you incorporate lemons/ oranges into your diet? If you have any lemon/ orange recipes, leave them in the comments below.
Originally posted March 3 2015 and edited.