Ways to Use Lemon Tree Leaves

Lemon leaves are used all over the world to season dishes and entrees. Added to beer and wine, lemon leaves create a citric tang. Chop them up and let them float around in homemade soups or in your hot tea for a flavor blast. Lemon leaves, which are high in vitamin C, are a natural way to assist the body in fighting infections. When choosing lemon leaves, make sure they are organic and have not been mixed with chemicals or dyes. Fresh is always better, but you can also dry out the leaf.

Culinary

Lemon leaves are used in Italian cuisine to wrap cheese and meats in and for seasoning meat and fish dishes. The delicate flavor of the lemon leaf penetrates food and gives a sweet and tangy flavor. Lemon leaves also add a punch to hot tea and are frequently used in curry dishes throughout India. Many Vietnamese and Thai recipes use lemon leaves to saute with exotic snail dishes and meat kabobs.

Home Decor

Found in many potpourri and garland designs, lemon leaves add a subtle scent to any room. Also added to candles and air fresheners, lemon leaves are an environmentally safe and eco-friendly ingredient because they are free of chemicals. Use them as an addition to a centerpiece or scattered on your table for holiday dinners and parties. Floral shops use lemon leaves in their arrangements and bridal bouquets. Weave them around your banister and in evergreen garlands for a beautiful focal point for your home.

Medicinal

Lemon leaves are rich in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system while boosting vitamin levels. Vitamin P, found in the lemon plant, also helps to strengthen blood vessels in your body. Lemons leaves are used as an anti-inflammatory when applied as an essential oil onto your skin. Steep the leaves in hot water for a natural diuretic and to help reduce cramps or relieve soar throats. Also a powerful antibacterial, lemons can help to combat bacterial-related ailments.

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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.