Citrus fruits have always been regarded as highly beneficial, especially the lemon.
Lemon juice has been known as a diuretic, diaphoretic, an astringent and as a gargle, but that is not all the lemon has been used for. Lemons and limes gained fame for their ability to prevent scurvy, the former curse of seamen who went for months without fresh fruits and vegetables. A little over a tablespoon of lemon juice prevents scurvy because of the vitamin C content. Scurvy is a potentially fatal disease, caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Muscles waste away, wounds won't heal, bruises appear, gums bleed and deteriorate.
Antioxidants are believed to have profound beneficial impact on human cells, including warding off cancerous changes and retarding aging. Pectin (fibre) found in the pulp of citrus fruits also lowers blood cholesterol, although it is difficult to eat enough lemons to benefit blood chemistry, according to the known active constituents.
Scientific studies of plants from around the world, found that the humble lemon had the ability to kill roundworms in humans. Lemon extract was also effective. Lemon oil can also kill fungi.
Lemons have the ability to stimulate the body to accept energy from the foods ingested, by establishing an electrical resistance with the electrical charged electrons, and the calcium in the foods.
Lemons stimulate the liver to flush itself of toxins. Within the liver the lemon stimulates biliary action making the bile more capable of breaking down digested foods which makes it easier for assimilation, thus the lemon is a valuable aid to digestion. The juice of ½ a lemon just before and during the meal helps this digestive processes. As a calcium fixative, the lemon acts as a chelation agent. Calcium is essential for the process of building bile salts.
Generally speaking, the lemon stimulates, detoxifies, decongests and cleanses the liver, and assists in bile formation, thus aiding digestion. In the detoxification role the lemon ties up toxins and poisons, as well as some unwanted bile salts, preventing or slowing down the absorption of toxins.
For weight control, the lemon allows the greater use of body fats, as well as ingested calories, as it assists in the release of energy. The lemon detoxifies the liver. Physiology tells us, that a toxic liver contributes to a toxic system, which uses energy poorly, so toxins accumulate, slowing down body activity. The body starts relying on carbohydrates as they are the easiest to digest. This causes the blood glucose levels to become erratic, throwing the pancreas out of phase, which in turn causes the body to start putting the excess carbohydrates into the fat pool. The fat pool then becomes the storage place for toxins, until the body can excrete them.
The lemon decongests the liver, neutralises toxins and flushes it out. The lemon strengthens the bile salts and increases its availability. This in turn allows the body to breakdown and digest protein and fat. This creates more energy which in turn allows the body to detoxify the tissues. The body then begins to break down the fat pool. The toxins stored in the fat pool are carried to the liver and detoxified, then eliminated through the bile salts.
In this process, the lemon assists in blood purification, which further neutralises toxins. It also helps tie up acetone which in turn assists in oxygenation of the blood. More oxygen allows and assists in the oxidation of cell metabolites. This in turn increases cellular respiration and allows the cell to utilise its energy systems more readily.
Calcium deficiencies can be related to erratic eating habits, restlessness and a nervous disposition. Lemon will increase the calcium uptake, and thus assist in these problems.
Excess cholesterol and calcium deposits are removed by lemon juice, even kidney stones of the calcium composition.
Honey and lemon juice gargle will assist a sore throat and oral infections.
A hair rinse made from lemon juice will neutralise any bacteria found on the scalp, it also washes out excess oils and any soap film left from your shampoo. In fact the lemon juice can be used on the skin before any poultice is used, thus enhancing the effect of the poultice. Lemon juice is used as a deodoriser in smelly feet, it also desensitises skin.