Lemon (Latin name: Citrus medica)
The lemon tree belong to the family Rutaceae. It is a small evergreen tree, native to India and China, widely cultivated in the Mediterranean basin, California, Florida, Central and South America.
The fruit and leaf of the lemon are rich in vitamin C. It also contains numerous flavonoids, carotenoids and coumarins. Its essential oil is rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. The fruit pulp is used to make citric acid.
Medicinal properties of Lemon:
The fruit of the lemon tree has so many properties, it would take several pages to make the complete and detailed description.
In addition to the antiscorbutic and anti-infectious due to the richness of the juice with vitamin C, lemon has many other actions beneficial to health. It is a depressant of the central nervous system, bactericide and disinfectant that has been used for the preparation of the surgical and dermatology to combat certain skin conditions. It is also a repellent, a regulator of blood sugar, a tonic and appetite stimulant.
The flavonoids found in fruit and leaf exert a hypotensive action and protect
capillaries. They also have antiallergic properties and anti-inflammatory.
This is due partly to the fact that the lemon is rich in quercetin, hesperidin
and diosmin, inhibitors of histamine, a neurotransmitter involved in allergic
reactions and inflammation.
Experiments have shown that regular use of lemon juice and other citrus fruits, increased blood levels of corticosterone and ACTH, the natural anti-inflammatories.
Lemon juice also decreases uric acid levels. The essential oil of lemon has a powerful anti-infectives.
Also include diuretic properties, depurative, anthelmintic, carminative, febrifuge, hypotensive, remineralizing, antidotal.
Lemon is useful in cases of:
- Colds, flu and infectious diseases
- Varicose veins, phlebitis, capillary fragility
- Urolithiasis and bladder
- Hepatic congestion
- Dysentery and diarrhea
- Asthenia, anorexia
- Headache, migraine
- Rheumatism, athrite, drop
- Intestinal parasites
- Bleeding (bleeding in the stomach)
The use of Lemon:
Internal use. Regular consumption of lemonade or a lemon in half a glass of water. You can add a little honey to sweeten the juice.
Cure of Lemon juice:
Start with half a lemon per day, then a whole lemon and eventually increase a lemon each day over a period of 10 or 12 days, a maximum power of 12 lemons a day. Then gradually get a lemon a day, to complete the cure with a lemon on the day. Now continue to consume a glass of lemonade per day. This treatment can be monitored twice a year.
External use against colds, flu, sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis.
Gargle with 20 ml of juice cut in an equal amount of water. 3 to 4 times
Against colds or sinusitis, a few drops of juice in the nostrils several times a day.
If bleeding nose, a cotton pad soaked in lemon juice.
For headaches and migraines, place lemon slices on the forehead and / or bath hands and feet in warm water several lemons cut into wedges.
Always use the lemon at least two hours after a meal and wait twenty minutes before eating other foods after consumption. Promote the consumption of organically grown lemons.
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