The ever humble lemon. They are cheap to buy, and always available. We use them extensively with food or as a garnishing for our food. We use lemons for cooking in cakes, in chicken dishes and with fish of course. We can make lemonade or have it in hot water, or with tea or herbal teas. Probably something we don’t think very often about is how good a lemon is for us. The juice, the peel, the aromatic oils from the skin. All having amazing health properties. There are a great many health benefits of lemon, and this knowledge has been known for centuries. Information has been passed down through generations, of the wonderful antibacterial and antiviral properties that lemons possess. Lemons contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin A, bioflavonoids, pectin and limonene, constituents that help to promote good health. Always dilute lemon juice, as full strength, it can damage the enamel of the teeth.
So what is it good for?
It was well known from the days of our early sailors, that lemon helps to ward off scurvy. Lemon juice is also very good for digestion. The juice of a half lemon with boiled water helps to reduce heartburn, belching and bloating. Add a bit of ginger to the lemon water and it is very helpful for nausea. Lemon can help to act as a liver tonic and may support the liver in bile production. Lemon juice is well know for its healing ability in a cold or sore throat. When taken with honey the juice helps to give a soothing effect on the throat. The juice of a lemon helps to kill harmful bacteria with its natural antiseptic properties, and can be used on small cuts or grazes. It will sting, but it can help your skin to heal. A slice of lemon held on with a bandaid, over a splinter or a sore with pus, will help to draw it out. Lemon juice can be used diluted as a mouth wash, and is good for gums and mouth ulcers. Lemon juice helps to dislodge mucus and support the respiratory tract. You can gargle with the lemon juice as well. Lemon juice is also known as a diuretic and helps alleviate gout and rheumatism aches and pains. The citric acid in lemon juice is quite useful for acne pustules. Just dab some lemon juice onto the pimple and let it dry. It may sting initially, but is quite cleansing and will help to clear the bacteria and heal the skin. Take advantage of the benefits of our humble Lemon. Your body will thank you!