I love lemons!
The humble lemon is such a powerful healing tool in a our “food as medicine” tool-kit, and they make a wonderful addition to our diet.
Lemons are thought to be acidic but due to their high mineral content they are actually alkalising upon digestion. Lemons are a natural antiseptic inside and out and stimulate the digestive system, kill parasites, cleanse the liver, help to dissolve gallstones, and because of their high vitamin C content lemons are supportive for the immune system, circulation and for healthy teeth and gums!
A common remedy is taking lemon juice in warm water first thing of a morning as an internal cleanse. This stimulates digestive juices and bile production and is a well known liver tonic. Taking lemon juice this way before meals assists in protein and fat breakdown and absorption.
Another folk remedy is one using lemons to treat high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis. This remedy blends lemon with garlic into a paste and a tablespoon is eaten daily.
I use lemons in my green juice, making sure some of the (organic) peel and seeds are included for the limonene and citrus seed content.
Lemon is also a wonderful skin conditioner and toner, and I remember many a summer of putting a mixture of lemon juice and chamomile in my hair to bleach it blonde!
You will find many raw food recipes which contain fat and oils (for example salad dressing), also contain some lemon juice – which is very balancing for digestive purposes. A simple squeeze of lemon over a green salad will enhance it’s taste and digsetibility also.
So we might need to change the saying to “a lemon a day keeps the doctor away!”