Lemon (Citrus limon) is both food and medicine. This vibrant fruit, thought to be native to India, packs twice as much vitamin C as oranges. It is also one of the most versatile natural medicines for home use. For example, it can be used for everything from bleeding gums to promoting overall good health.
The uses and benefits of lemon are numerous. It acts as an antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antibacterial, antioxidant, tonic, and fever reducer. Lemon helps prevent stomach infections, circulatory problems, scurvy and more. The fruit and peel help improve circulation and stave off colds by improving resistance to infection.
Even though lemon is acidic, once digested, it leaves an alkaline ash. Having a more alkaline body means less chance of illness. This is why it is good for cold and flu, chest, infections, liver detoxification, improving appetite, easing stomach acidity, ulcers, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and gingivitis. It is also the reason I make this one of the first changes in diet for my clients. Lemon juice, and I mean the fresh kind, is good for sore throats. Combine equal amounts of lemon juice and hot water then gargle.
The essential oil can be used for canker sores when mixed with a carrier oil, like olive oil or grape seed oil. The juice and essential oil can be applied directly to acne, athlete foot, chilblains (inflammation of small blood vessels), stings, ringworm, sunburn, and warts.
There is so much lemon is good for, I could go on and on. But, simply put: I love lemon! Warning: Do not take the essential oil internally, unless under supervision of medical professional.
Stephanie Bradberry is an educator, herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer among many, many, many other things! Learn more about Stephanie and her natural remedies, products, and health and wellness tips by visiting www.bradberry.live.
Information provided is for self-education only. It should not be used in place of professional medical advice or without consulting your physician first.