Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Other common names: Citrus medica, limone, Citrus limon
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Antimicrobial, detoxifier/lymphatic tonic, astringent, rubefacient, carminitive, diaphoretic, immune booster, cardiovascular tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic
Harvest: Harvest time varies depending on geographical location
Part used: Fruit (peel and inner pulp)
Constituents: Citric acid, vitamin C, niacin, bioflavonoids, vitamin B1 and B2, pectin, volatile oils, bitters, gums, pinene, citronellal, sugar and others.
Used to treat cold and flu symptoms, infections, Meniere’s disease, kidney stones (consult with a doctor first), sore throat, rheumatism, constipation, fevers, vitamin deficiency, indigestion (use caution and dilute the juice in patients with heartburn or ulcers), fluid retention, and to assist in cleanses and weight loss. It can strengthen blood vessels and reduce pain and swelling, as well. The juice has also been used to antidote in the case of narcotic poisoning. The oil has been used in aromatherapy to elevate mood.
Lemon juice added to water can be great for cleansing, easing lymphatic swelling and relieving constipation. The peel can also be used internally. Both can be used to make teas, syrups and other liquid preparations. Try it as a gargle when suffering from a cold, especially if it is accompanied by a sore throat.
Lemon juice can be applied (diluted most often) in a variety of preparations, to treat various skin conditions and other external ailments. It is highly antimicrobial, however it is also quite acidic and can cause irritation.
Applying to the skin can increase photosensitivity, so use caution if exposed to sun. Do not use in excessive amounts if pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician if taking medications, or if you suffer from obstructed bile ducts, kidney or gallstones, or other serious medical condition. Use caution in patients with ulcers or other severe digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis, as it can cause a flare-up.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.
Lemon has ties to the moon, to purification and renewal. It attracts spiritual beings and boosts energy levels in ceremonial settings. The lemon seeds were traditionally used in Egypt as an antidote to poisons, even those from bites and stings. It has been added to seafood for years because it was known to counter the bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.