In my family we have experienced the benefits of incorporating lemons in our diet from lemon water first thing in the mornings to juicing the entire lemon, putting whole lemons in smoothies etc. The leader of the women’s ministry group that I am a part of asked me to do a presentation on the benefit of a fruit, I chose to research more on the therapeutic benefits of lemons and this is what I found. Limes also have similar therapeutic benefits, therefore if you are located where limes are more readily available you may be able to substitute limes for lemons.
Lemons originate from India, then spreading globally to temperate and tropical regions of the world. They were sought after by early sailors to prevent or treat Vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy. It is grown on an evergreen shrub and the tree produces ripe yellow fruits practically all year round. It is highly prized in the manufacturing industry for lemon oil, lemon juice, pectin, and citric acid.
Medicinally, lemons have been used for centuries. They have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons contain vitamin C or ascorbic acid, citric acid (gives lemons sour taste), flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and fiber. The fruit is low in calories – 29 calories per 100 grams – contains no saturated fats, nor cholesterol. Although lemon is acidic when eaten, it has an alkalizing and purifying effect on the blood.
For optimal benefit drink lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you are less than 150 lbs- use ½lemon squeezed into a glass of purified water and drink twice a day. If you are over 150 lbs squeeze the juice of a whole lemon into a glass of purified water and drink twice a day.
- Colds and influenza: Lemons contain large amounts of vitamin C (88 percent recommended daily allowance), it is a water soluble antioxidant. It is widely known that a consumption of foods high in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infections and also removes harmful free radicals from the blood. Free radicals attaches to healthy cells damaging them and their membranes, causing inflammation and painful swelling. In the book Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss his recommendation for influenza: Add lemon juice to a large glass of hot water, while submerging your feet in a deep bucket of hot water about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while adding water as hot as tolerable or around 110 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20 minutes, or until perspiring. Take lemon water hourly until symptoms are relieved.
- Helps with elimination: juice of 1 lemon in 1 quart of warm water first thing in the morning has laxative properties. This will flush the waste materials of the intestines out. You can also mix in 2 Tbsp flaxseed oil to also relieve constipation.
- Aids digestion: Lemons relieve digestive problems when mixed with warm water. It helps nausea, heartburn. The liver removes toxins from the blood stream and converts them into free radicals, the vitamin C in lemons is a powerful antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals. Lemons also help with digestion by stimulating the liver to produce more bile.
- Fights cancer: Lemons contain compounds called lemonoids which have been shown to stop cell division in cancer cells. Cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon have been proven to be relieved with the help of lemons.
- Relieves rheumatoid and osteoarthritis: Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C in lemons, it has been shown that it relieves symptoms of pain and swelling. 1-2 oz. of lemon juice diluted should be taken 3 times a day.
- Diabetes: Lemons contain a compound called hespiridin, which lowers blood sugar by increasing the activity of the enzyme glucokinase metabolizing glucose from the blood stream.
- Heart Disease: Scientific studies have shown that intake of lemon juice has reduced the total serum cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Stones: The citric acid in lemon juice dissolves gallstones, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and pancreatic stones. In Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss recommends taking 2 Tbsp lemon juice, followed by 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or vice versa on an empty stomach for 3 days.
- Relieves sore throat: Use diluted lemon juice (½ lemon ½ water) and gargle frequently. It is better to use it full strength if possible.
- Stops bleeding gums: Massage lemon juice gently into the gums a few minutes each day.
- Nosebleeds: In case of nosebleeds, place on cotton ball and apply over nostril.
- Cuts: Use to give prompt relief for cuts.
- Skin: Great for acne. Apply lemon juice with finger or cotton ball in acne, leave on overnight then rinse the following morning. Blotch removal. Mix 1-2 lemons with banana puree and apply to blotches for an hour. Make a paste by combining lemon juice and salt, use to rub off dead skin cells on elbows and thighs.
- Hair: Removes residue buildup from use of hair products, lightens dark hair and adds golden or red highlights. How to use: apply juice of ½ of a lemon to hair, sit in sun for an hour or until lightens to desired color, then shampoo and deep condition. *Do not do if you have very dry hair.
- Mosquito bites: Squeeze lemon juice on mosquito bites to relieve itching and pain.
- Ant repellant: Squeeze lemon juice on windowsills and baseboards to repel ants.
- Pregnancy: Consuming lemon juice during pregnancy builds strong bones and teeth of infant.
- Deodorizer: Use on hands to soften and remove strong odors, such as onions.
- Stain Removal: Use with salt to remove ink stains, rusts, or fruit stains. Rub the stain with lemon juice then apply salt then put in sun.
How To Prepare Lemon Juice
- Wash lemons with warm water and use a vegetable wash if not organically grown to remove pesticide residues.
- Roll on a flat surface with the palm of hand, this will help to extract more juice
- Cut in half and remove visible seed, squeeze by hand or use a juicer.
To receive optimal benefits of lemons, substitute lemon juice for vinegar in your favorite salad dressing. Combine extra virgin olive oil/or flax seed oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic, minced onions, minced red bell pepper, sea salt (opt) and herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano, dill or thyme.
Here’s a recipe for natural
Perfect Pink Lemonade
*Note: The above statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. When in doubt, always consult your physician or healthcare practitioner. This formula is to provide you with information to maintain your health.