August 20:


August 20: National Lemonade Day

When life gives you lemons . . . .

The lemon, or “citrus limon,” may have originated in northwestern India. It was introduced in Italy around 200 A.D. and was cultivated by the year 700 in Egypt and Iraq. It continued to spread and by the 12th century was widely known and used, being prized for its medicinal value in Egypt and Syria. Lemons started being grown in California and Florida in the 1700s.

Egyptians created lemonade more than 1,500 years ago. This popular drink was called “qatarmizat” and was consumed between the 10th and 13th centuries. Toward the end of the 12th century, the physician to the Muslim leader Saladin wrote a treatise on the lemon. In the 14th century, Egyptians drank a wine made from honey, lemons, and dates.

Lemon works as an antiseptic and can prevent disease while cleansing the body of toxins. Lemon aids in digestion, relieving heartburn, bloating, and belching. It also helps the colon work better, which will control diarrhea and constipation. If you suffer from gout, rheumatism, rickets, or tuberculosis, lemon would be beneficial.

Do you know which president established National Aviation Day in 1939?

Franklin D. Roosevelt