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Lemon: The Amazing Benefits

Stephanie Bradberry is an herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She focuses on meeting your unique health and wellness needs naturally.

Lemon wedges

Lemon wedges

Whenever I have a new client, one of the first things I check for is how much liquid intake is in their diet. While you can get a portion of your recommended daily value of water from fruits and vegetables, it is always good to have direct sources of water in your daily regimen. And although drinking water is great, not all water is created equal. Maybe you have heard more and more about alkaline water. One of the easiest ways to make water alkaline is by adding fresh squeezed lemon juice. This is just one of the amazing benefits of lemon. Read on for more.

Basic History of Lemons

Lemon (Citrus limon) is both food and medicine. This vibrant fruit, native to Asia, packs twice as much vitamin C as oranges. The fruit comes from a small evergreen tree that grows to about 22 feet. Lemon is 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.

Benefits of Lemon

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 irritation from bite and stings. Do you suffer from gas? Lemon can help bust that up for you. The fruit and peel help improve circulation and stave off colds by improving resistance to infection. Lemons also help to build good blood. Their high content of vitamin C helps with iron absorption.

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 and upper respiratory conditions, 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. The whole fruit—especially the pith—is good for strengthening vein walls. This is a huge benefit for those suffering from arteriosclerosis (thickening of arterial walls), weak capillaries, and varicose veins.

Lemons contain potassium (80mg), calcium (1%), vitamin C (51%), iron (1%) and magnesium (1%). Some of the data above has been rounded to accommodate the parameters of the data entry. For example, there are really 1.5 grams of sugar, 0.2 grams of fat, and 0.6 grams of protein.

Lemon Herbal Remedies

Many parts of the lemon are used for herbal remedies. They include the peel (fresh and dried), pith, fruit, juice and essential oil. The fruit and peel help improve circulation and increase resistance to infection. The pith and peel contain the volatile oil and most of the bioflavonoids.

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If you start to feel a little tingle in your throat, lemon juice can work wonders. Lemon juice, and I mean the fresh kind, is good for sore throats. Combine equal amounts of lemon juice and hot water then gargle. And it’s a great idea to start your day with warm lemon water. It prepares your body for the rest of the day. Just skip the gargling this time around! This will improve weak digestion and get your engine revving for the day.

The essential oil can be used for canker sores when mixed with a carrier oil, like olive oil or grape seed oil. A good base model to follow is five drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil. The juice and essential oil can be applied directly to acne, athlete’s foot, chilblains (inflammation of small blood vessels), stings, ringworm, sunburn, and warts.

Warning: Do not take the essential oil internally, unless under the supervision of a medical professional.

*Omit the cinnamon if you are on prescription medications like coumadin.

There is so much lemon is good for, I could go on and on. But, simply put, I love lemon. Lemon is versatile and useful in so many ways. Lemons provide a superb and easy way to promote overall good health and well-being.

Weigh In On Lemon

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Stephanie Bradberry

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