In our family we have always known that when we use lemon juice generously, this noble fruit rewards us with better digestion, heart tonification, skin cleansing, styptic response, anticold and anti infection action, and will act as a valuable liver decongestant. The juice of the lemon is refrigerant and, when diluted with water, is a refreshing and agreeable drink during any fever or inflammation.
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. If you are constipated, drink two glasses of cold water on arising, and drink lemon juice and water afterwards. It is a fantastic purifier and health aid in regulating digestion and eliminating waste materials. Suck a thin piece of lemon dipped in salt to overcome heartburn from sweet food.
Blood Purifier Drink lots of diluted lemonade (no sugar please) to try to cleanse the system of boils and to help eliminate other skin problems.
Skin Cleanser and Blackhead Eraser Rub lemon juice on skin to try to banish blackheads and acne. Combine the juice with salt and use the paste to rub off dead skin cells on elbows and thighs. Fingernails and hands respond very well to daily lemon rinses.
Finger Sores To alleviate pain from finger sores or finger infections, heat a lemon in the oven, cut a narrow opening in the center of the lemon, sprinkle it with common salt, and bury the finger in the opening. Repeat this until the finger is cured of pain.
Bleeding Lemon is often a successful styptic even when ice and other styptics fail to staunch the flow of blood. While the first squeeze of lemon stings, there is prompt relief for cuts.
Colds Squeeze the juice of a ripe lemon into the palm of the hand and gently sniff the juice into the nostrils several times. It is quite strong, but cleansing. Also, drink herbal teas laced with lots of lemon juice and honey.
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. Drink the lemon juice and honey, or add hot water to thin it out. Use the liquid in small doses throughout the day; it is exceptionally therapeutic.
Heart Lemon juice is said to be helpful in creating a proper fluid action in the blood. Hardening of the arteries, fragile blood vessels, badly circulating blood, distended veins, high blood pressure all respond to a lemon cure.
Epidemic Make sure to always have a lot of fresh lemons on hand during a bacterial contagion or flu season. Squeezed lemons do not hold, but lemons may be preserved . Also, you might consider using a vodka tincture in small amounts for travel, or on trips in a remote area. Purchase fresh lemons, wash in liquor, and cut them with a clean and freshly boiled knife (the knife can carry the bacteria from the skin of any fruit or vegetable you use). Add them to distilled water to make a sour lemonade. This is a therapeutic, purifying drink.
Fever Use diluted lemon juice to refresh the patient and to help reduce fever. Use either as lemonade, or add to barley Water or other mild nutritive drinks.
Itching The National Dispensatory notes that local application of lemon relieves itching of the scrotum.
Rheumatism Some European spas use a lemon juice cure to detoxify arthritic and rheumatic patients. Traditional Chinese medicine utilizes cut lemon rubs to relieve the pain of neuralgia.
Kidney and Bladder Lemon juice drinks have been useful in controlling some bladder and kidney infections.