Lemon, that wonderful fruit that adds a kick to iced tea, fish and many other dishes. It is wonderful for cooking but did you know that it is also good for your health?
Lemons actions include anti-scurvy, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and anti-bacterial. Not only is it anti-bacterial but it is capable of destroying some viruses and bacteria.
Throughout time it has been used to treat
- Sick headaches
Lemon can also be used as a household cleaner. Mix lemon essential oil with distilled water and use it to clean kitchen counters. Squeeze a lemon down the sink to freshen drains. Mix lemon essential oil with eucalyptus essential oil in distilled water to clean glass surfaces. Lemon oil is excellent for your wooden furniture.
A tip from an aroma therapist friend was to use lemon essential oil when trying to remove the persistent gummy residue from price tags as well as any other gummy residue. It works like a charm for this purpose!
Lemon can be used to make your drinking water alkaline for better digestion and absorption. People with a more alkaline diet are likely to lose weight faster than those with a less alkaline diet. Lemon also curbs the appetite making it a great tool for all diets.
A very old remedy for sore throat is hot water lemon and honey. The mucilage helps coat the throat while the honey soothes it. Both ingredients have anti-bacterial properties.
The vitamin C content in lemons is excellent for boosting your immune system and fending off colds. If a cold gets you though, lemon, lemon, lemon! The anti-viral actions of lemon can help with both colds and fevers.
Lemon is an excellent liver detoxifier. Lemon water can help your poor overworked liver. At the same time because lemon increases peristalsis of the intestine it will assist in keeping you regular!
One of the best actions of lemons is their anti-oxidant properties. Lemon helps to seek out and destroy the free radicals which create cellular damage.
Lemon is anti-inflammatory. This is great news. Since recent research is finding that chronic inflammation is at the core of many diseases. Dietary inflammation is a form of chronic inflammation. It happens when you eat foods (even “Healthy” ones) that you have an allergy reaction too. If you keep eating those foods you will be plagued with gas, bloating, cramps and weight gain. Removing those foods restores your body to its normal balance. Lemon soothes the inflammation and heals it.
It is hard to believe that something as simple as the lemon, which has often been reduced to garnish, can have so many benefits for your body.
Reference: Bartram Thomas, Bartrams Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Marlowe & Company, New York