Throughout my life, I’ve had dozens of people tell me that starting my day with a big cup of lemon water was an important component to becoming healthier. I’m not sure if it’s the water itself that makes this so beneficial, or maybe it’s the mood enhancing, memory boosting, and appetite suppressing actions of the lemon. Either way, it’s a popular early morning ritual for lots of people. Lemon has become a staple in my kitchen. More than simply using it to flavor water, I love adding a tang to desserts, and a sour twist to meats like chicken and fish. I always keep some in my fruit bowl because I know they’ll be used.
Lemon Health Benefits
So, is lemon really as healthy as they say? As it turns out, simply smelling lemons, and lemon essential oils can reap serious benefits. Not only is lemon the perfect blast of flavor over a pan-seared fish, but it can also be used to enhance mood, improve memory, ease nausea, and kill bacteria. It really does a little of everything.
Lemon in Aromatherapy
The use of plants, herbs, and their oils has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. In recent times, scientists have been delving into whether or not aromatherapy is a real thing, and the results are promising. Products that contain lemon have the ability to improve mood and cognitive performance, and can even aid in treating anxiety and depression. In fact, lemon seems to benefit the brain greatly, and for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, lemon could be invaluable. Documentation of the use of this fruit for memory enhancement date back centuries and lab studies have recognized ‘notable’ improved memory performance and increased ‘calmness’.
When I think about lemon, I think about fish. I absolutely love eating fish and seafood, and I feel like lemon is the perfect addition no matter what you’re eating. Salmon is one of my favorites, and I’m super thrilled to share this recipe with you today.
You Will Need:
- 2 6oz wild-caught salmon fillet
- 2tbsp organic butter or ghee at room temperature (available here)
- 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp paleo mustard (recipe here)
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp dried dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425F and pat dry salmon filets
- Place fillets skin-side-down on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet
- In a bowl, combine butter/ghee, mustard, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dill, salt, and pepper until a paste forms
- Spread mixture evenly over the top of the fish
- Bake for 8 minutes
- Serve with greens, fruit, sweet potato fries, or a salad
Until next time,