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Herbal Remedies: The Lemon

When it comes to the most important and versatile of all natural remedies used within the household, the lemon is found on the top of the list. As a popular food and cooking ingredient, the lemon is filled with a high vitamin C content that rivals that of the respected citrus powerhouse , the orange. It is with this high amount of vitamin C that the lemon is able to effectively battle colds and flu. On many occasions, the lemon is also used as a preventive measure ranging many different conditions, such as stomach infections, circulatory problems, and the thickening of the arterial walls (better known as arteriosclerosis).

 

While the lemon was always associated as a native fruit of India, the first lemon trees were actually grown in Europe during the 2nd century AD. Worldwide, lemons are now produced in the Mediterranean and other subtropical regions. In the spring, the propagation of the seed takes place, where well-drained soil and lots of sun encourages growth. The lemon tree is a small evergreen tree that grows to about 22 feet (or 7 meters) in height. Significant characteristics include the spread of light green-toothed leaves that decorate the branches. The best time to harvest a lemon is during the wintertime when the highest content of vitamin C is seen.

 

When preparing an herbal remedy, it is the fruit and peel that is used. The fruit and the peel are known to improve the circulation throughout the body, as well as boost one’s resistance to infection. The pith and the peel contain the highest amount of volatile oil and supply most of the bioflavonoids. Lemons have also been regarded as a popular remedy for scurvy, which was caused by consuming a deficient amount of vitamin C. This was a treatment method that was used long before vitamin C was ever identified by doctors and researchers of the past.

 

The lemon contains a great deal of valuable components. Effective volatile oils, limonene, beta-pinene, and alpha terpinene are provided. A decent supply of vitamins are offered, including A, B1, B2, B3, and of course , vitamin C. There is about 40 to 50 milligrams of vitamin C per every 100 grams of fruit. The lemon also contains important mucilage. Overall, the healing properties of the lemon are seen in the following primary actions: antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and fever reducing.

 

When it comes to preparing lemons for the use of herbal remedies, it is important to remember to avoid taking the essential oil internally (without the advice of a professional). Also, when preparing the essential oil for contact with the skin, it is important that it is well diluted because some people have been known to undergo severe skin irritations when not. In the article titled, ” Traditional and Modern Herbal Uses of Lemons,” you will learn what kind of treatments; as well as preventive properties are associated with the lemon.