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Citrus limonum

Common name: Lemon (E) – Bara nimbu (H)

Sanskrit: Jambira

Lemons is a delicious remedy for the immune systems with the added bonus of having a high Vitamin content.

Botanical Description 

The lemon is both a small evergreen tree which is native to Asia and about forty-seven varieties are said to have been developed during the centuries of cultivation.

The lemon is a small, straggling tree about 11 feet high, irregularly branched, the bark varying in colour from clear grey on the trunk, green on the younger branches to a purplish colour on the twigs.

The leaves are evergreen, ovate-oval, about two inches long, the margin serrate with sharp spines in the axils of the stalks, and they are arranged alternately on the stem.

The flowers are white inside and tinged with deep pink outside; they have five petals and grow on stems in the axils.

The fruit is an ovoid berry, about three inches long, nipple-shaped at the end, smooth, porous, bright yellow, indented over the oil-glands. They have an acid, pale-yellow pulp.

How it Works

Because of its high Vitamin C content, lemon has been used in alternative medicine as a tonic for the digestive system, immune system, and skin.

Lemon it is known to boost the immune system and it can be useful in case of cold and flu; in fact, it may bring down fever, helping to relieve throat infections, bronchitis and asthma.

Lemon. is so famous as a cure for scurvy, which is caused due to deficiency of Vitamin-C and characterized by frequent infections.

It can also help cleansing the body, improving the functions of the digestive system, and it is helpful with constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite. It is also useful in case of hepatic insufficiency as it stimulates and supports the health of the liver.

Lemon oil can be very beneficial to the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, reducing blood pressure and helping with nosebleeds.

It can also prevent cholesterol build up, decreasing hypertension and combating arteriosclerosis. Lastly, it also stimulates the formation of red blood corpuscles.

Because of its bactericide properties it is very useful in eliminating bad breath and protecting the mouth against infections produced by inflammation of gums.

Lemon juice is very suitable to fight skin disorders as well, being one of the best astringents. Daily applications on the skin help it to get rid of spots, shinbones, and scabs.

Into the Heart of Lemon

Lemon is very rich in vitamin C and potassium and calcium and its potential to regenerate white blood cell makes it very desirable to strengthen body defences and prevent many diseases.

The citroflavanoids in lemon improve the permeability of vascular vessels, showing also anti-inflammatory properties and antiphlogistic effects, or diuretic properties as well.

Citrus flavonoids inhibit also bacterial mutagenesis.[1]

Some sources state that lemons contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. These may be able to deter cell growth in cancers.

Limonins found in lemons could also be anti-carcinogens.

It contains anti-ulcer properties offered by beta- bisabolene, and it also eliminates gastric acidity.

Ascorbic-acid and limonene confer it depurative properties, making lemon an excellent remedy against rheumatism ,arthrosis, arthritis, gout, cholesterol, arteriosclerosis and uric acid.

In respiratory affections, the essential oil components confer it antibacterial and expectorant properties, very useful to heal colds. Alpha- pinene is an anti-influenza component and it is also very useful to appease thirst and reduce fever.

In the same way alpha- terpineol and ascorbic acid give this fruit vulnerary properties, and thus are very useful in healing wounds or scars, even insect stings.

Indications

GIT: Lemon aids digestion and agni by stimulating salivary and digestive secretions. The sour flavour has a sympathetic reaction on the liver enhancing bile flow and the emulsion of fats. This aids its laxative effect and ability to clear stagnation in the bowels. It helps to enhance the appetite and is beneficial in anorexia, nausea (e.g. morning and travel sickness) and indigestion. The peel has a stronger effect on the digestive system. The limonene content is known to help dissolve gallstones and strong lemon juice can be drunk daily as a prophylactic.[3]

Lungs: Lemon juice can help to calm a cough by clearing mucus and sedating vata. Its ability to draw tissues inwards, experienced as a ‘puckering’ effect, holds prana, blood and the tissues in place. It also has a strongly anti-bacterial action, which is used as a gargle to treat sore throats.[4]

Blood: Lemon has a direct affinity for the blood via its high Vitamin C content. It nourishes rasa and build nutritious fluids in the system. As the source of rasa is in the heart, helping to nourish the heart and benefit sadhaka pitta. It is an alternative that clears toxins from the blood. It can prevent bleeding of the gums and internal mucus membranes via its astringing action on capillaries and veins.[3]

Kidneys: The high citrate content helps to reduce urinary calcium output which can help to prevent kidney stones.[2] This beneficial effect on mutravahasrotas may help with other acidic conditions as it helps to reduce uric acid.

References

[1] (Calomme M. et al. 1996).

[2] Holmes 1989

[3] Tillotson

[4] Gogte

 

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