This simple fruit has excellent qualities so it is well worthy of mention. Lemon juice is one of nature’s most powerful antiseptics, used internally and externally. Not only are lemons a rich source of vitamin C, they also contain vitamin A and calcium. The A and C content of lemons is most beneficial for healthy skin.
Lemons are sour and heating and have a sour post-digestive effect on the body.
Although most sour foods will aggravate Pitta, lemons will not if used in moderation. They calm down Vata and detoxify Pitta, but may stimulate already aggravated Pitta and Kapha doshas. Lemons can be used to reduce fat and dissolve excess kapha (or mucous) from the system. Lemons should never be taken with milk, mango or tomatoes.
Here are some simple remedies using lemon:
Digestive Aid: Lemon juice and water used first thing in the morning will increase digestive juices, tone up the system and cleanse and decongest the liver. An Ayurvedic recipe for good digestion is 1 litre of water, juice of half a lemon, ½ teaspoon of natural salt and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Blood Purifier: Drinking lots of diluted lemonade (no sugar) will help eliminate skin problems.
Coughs: Wash the lemon, place it uncut on its thinnest edge in a dish of honey and a handful of cloves. Soak the lemon and the honey overnight. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze all the juice into the honey. Add hot water (not boiling) to thin out. Use the liquid in small doses throughout the day. Very therapeutic.
Cuts: Although it will sting, lemon juice has an immediate styptic effect on cuts, abrasions and wounds.
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