Traditional and Modern Herbal Uses of Lemons

The lemon has always been seen as a valuable medicinal resource, as there are entire books dedicated to the fruit within Spanish culture. Regardless of the acidic content in lemons, digestion creates an alkaline effect in the body. This becomes a useful remedy for those suffering rheumatic conditions. The volatile oil associated with the lemon is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Bioflavonoids in lemons work to strengthen the inner lining of blood vessels, especially when it comes to veins and capillaries. Those who easily bruise or wish to counteract varicose veins may also turn to lemons for assistance.


When it comes to preventive measures, the lemon is quite helpful. It is used as an antiseptic and known for excellent cleansing actions. Those who are prone to arteriosclerosis also find relief by using lemons. The fruit also battles infections and fevers, especially when dealing with the liver, stomach, and the intestines. Since lemons possess the ability to toughen blood vessel walls, they can be used to stop bleeding gums, as well as other circulatory disorders. The lemon is also used as a general tonic, which can effectively combat chronic illnesses. Overall, people can rely on the lemon to increase their general health.


Lemon juice is uses to fight colds, flu, and infections that develop in the chest. When used as a tonic, the liver and pancreas are treated. Those with a loss in appetite can use the lemon to restore their taste buds. A stomach plagued by acid is also assisted with the use of lemons. Additional uses for the lemon include rheumatism, ulcers, gout, and arthritis. The juice is also used as a gargle, which treats sore throats, gingivitis, and canker sores. When lemon juice is used as an external remedy, it can be directly applied to the face to combat acne. Additional external uses include the treatment of athlete's foot, warts, sunburn, ringworm, and insect stings. 


There are plenty of self-help uses connected to the lemon, which range from boils, arthritis, insect bites, cold sores, the flu, and weak digestion. When using the fruit, you can combine 20 milliliters of lemon juice with 50 milliliters of hot water, crushed garlic clove, and a pinch of cinnamon. This remedy treats colds when consumed up to three times per day. The juice of the lemon sooths sore throats when 20 milliliters of lemon juice and 20 milliliters of hot water are combined to create an effective gargle. With the essential oil of lemon, you can dilute five drops with one teaspoon of carrier oil, which is then applied to canker sores.


The fruit of the lemon is known to treat gallstones, as it is traditionally combined with olive oil to break down and encourage the excretion of gallstones. It is also used as a liver tonic because of its restorative powers. The essential oil and fruit of the lemon is used for its cooling and astringent properties. It is regarded as a decent tonic for the nerves and praised for its anti-inflammatory results. It is suggested to gently rub a slice of fresh lemon (or a bit of lemon juice) to affected parts of the body. Sometimes, a well-diluted lemon oil is also possible. When using, it is important to keep in mind that using too much of the lemon oil can cause irritation.