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Folklore about lemons

One story has it that lemon seeds were employed to elevate the poison from scorpions and other venomous creatures. Once an Egyptian govenor condemned two convicts to be thrown to the snakes, as they were being led away to their end a woman gave them some lemons which they ate. When they were attacked and bitten by the snakes they seemed to be resistant to the venom and lived to tell the tale. Whether the story is true or not lemons must have prevented many cases of poisoning, as it does today when we add a few drops of lemon juice to oysters and shell fish, within a quarter of an hour lemon juice rids oysters of 92 percent of their bacteria. The juice of the lemon is high in vitamin A,B and C. The essential oil is extracted by cold expression from the outer part of the fresh peel. The lemon peel dried and hung in closets was used at a moth repellent

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