Nowadays I get slightly offended when lemons are equated with the bad times in our life. If something goes wrong, we are told to make lemonade from our lemon(s). It is easy to take the humble fruit of lemon for granted. Think about it. How many times have you heard someone proclaim lemon as their favorite fruit? As a kid, I know I used to love eating lemons raw. But then again, I’m just an unusual person all around…so I’m told.
As an adult, I have come to appreciate lemon in all its capacities. But my love for lemon did not truly flourish until I became an herbalist. Through my studies and practical uses and applications on lemon, I kept finding more and more to love about lemon.
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. 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. The fruit and peel help improve circulation and stave off colds by improving resistance to infection. Lemons also help to build good blood and eliminate gas. Their high content of vitamin C helps with iron absorption.
Lemon juice, and I mean the fresh kind (not the liquid in the yellow plastic lemon container), is good for sore throats. Combine equal amounts of lemon juice and hot water then gargle. And it is 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.
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This information is intended for personal edification and should not be used in place of professional medical advice. Information is adapted from Andrew Chevallier’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine and my personal herbal training and practice as an herbalist and naturopath.
Stephanie works as an herbalist, naturopath and energy healer. She helps her clients find natural alternatives for their unique health, wellness and beauty needs. To learn more, please visit stephaniebradberry.com