The origins of the lemon are unclear, but it is commonly thought that they originated in India, China and Burma and then entered Europe via Italy in the 1st Century AD.
But the one thing that we can all agree on, is the natural health benefits of this little yellow superstar.
Raw lemon juice is well known for itâ€™s antioxidants and anti-cancer properties and has been used for centuries in order to cure many ailments. Being rich in Vitamin C, it is also essential for maintaining a fully functional immune system, aiding digestion, fighting cancer, helping wounds to heal faster and can even help to prevent heart failure.
In the 18th Century, The Royal Navy used lemons to fight scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency) and the roman Emperor Nero was reputed to have consumed copious amounts in order to prevent being poisoned by one of his many enemies.
But lemons are not only used for their medicinal qualities and health benefits. Lemon juice is also used in the home in order to disinfect surfaces, remove stains, clean cookers and remove old wax. It can also be used as an insecticide to deter mosquitoes, flies and other insects.
Itâ€™s hard to imagine any natural product that contains so many beneficial usages than the humble little lemon. You could say that itâ€™s the Swiss Army Knife of the fruit world!
Letâ€™s take a look at a few more of the incredible benefits of fresh lemon juice.
pH Alkaline State â€“ It is vital to maintain a slightly positive alkaline state in order to fight off Cancer and other illnesses. Although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help to push our bodies to the required pH alkaline state of around 7.4. See this page for a large list of alkaline forming foods.
Blood Purifier â€“ Lemons are a blood purifier and help the body to remove toxins.
Blood Sugar Balance â€“ The acidity of raw lemon juice lowers the impact of any meal on your blood sugar.
Detoxification â€“ Raw lemon juice cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system. It helps the body in the removal of toxins and provides you with a great overall detox.
Weight Loss - The pectin in lemon peel is a great source of fiber that is thought to help overweight people lose weight.
Osteoporosis â€“ Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and helps the body to absorb calcium and fight osteoporosis. Two tablespoons of raw lemon juice diluted in a glass of warm water is good for pregnant women, as it helps build the bones in the unborn child.
Insomnia â€“ in case of insomnia, raw lemon juice helps to improve sleep.
Brain and Nerve Food â€“ The potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, memory and calms the mind.
Immune System â€“ Raw lemon juice strengthens the immune system which in turn helps fight many illnesses including cancer.
Infection â€“ When sickness has developed raw lemon juice is an excellent fighter of infection, as it is rich in citric acid.
Cough and Cold â€“ Lemon added to a little hot water with some honey is one of the most effective remedies known for a cough and cold.
Asthma â€“ Having half-teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice, washing it down with luke-warm water before each meal provides quick relief to Asthma. Repeating it as the last dose of the day and starting the day with it also gives very positive results.
Corns â€“ Apply lemon juice a few times a day and see the miraculous results. Bind the corn and leave it overnight and get rid of the trouble soon.
Nausea, Vomiting and Travel Sickness â€“ Take a glass of lemon juice diluted with some water to help with travel sickness and nausea.
Rheumatic and Bone-Related Diseases â€“ A few glasses of diluted lemon juice is the surest remedy for rheumatic fever, painful joints, lumbago and sciatica.
Acne, Spots and Pimples â€“ Applying raw lemon juice to the face is a popular remedy for acne and pimples.
Hair â€“ The external use of raw lemon juice makes hair shinier and stronger.
Low Vitality â€“ People suffering from low vitality should have lemon and honey mixed water for an immediate cure.
Radiation â€“ As lemon juice is excellent at cleansing the blood and removing toxins, it is a great way of removing radiation from the body. If you have had Chemotherapy, regular lemon juice drinks can help to rid the body of any remaining radiation.
LEMON DRINK RECIPE
Day 1 â€“ the juice of 1 lemon
Day 2 â€“ the juice of 1.5 lemons
Day 3 â€“ the juice of 2 lemons
Day 4 â€“ the juice of 2.5 lemons
Keep increasing by Â½ every day until you reach 5 lemons (this will really help push the body to a pH Alkaline state which is very important in overcoming an illness)
Then start to go down by the juice of Â½ lemon until you reach zero.
5 lemons would be a reasonable goal for smaller people, children, etc. You can go as high as 10 or even 30 lemons for adults.
You can add Stevia and of course water; adjust to your own taste. No maple syrup or any other sweetener if you have cancer. Cancer patients should not take more than 2 teaspoons of honey per day, so easy on that as well.
You do not have to drink the lemon juice all at once. You can make it and keep some in the refrigerator and drink it throughout the day. It is excellent to combat nausea. Add a little warm or room temperature water to the juice as one should never drink cold drinks.
After consuming the lemon juice, take some pure water, rinse the mouth and swallow so that you do not have lemon juice on your teeth, which in high amounts could be hard on the enamel over a period of time.
Once you reach the 5 or 10 to 15 or 30 lemons in one day start to go back down slowly decreasing one lemon daily, or one-half lemon daily.
You can also use the lemon rind when baking as it contains Limonene which is also very beneficial. Make sure that you are using organic lemons as the peel of non-organic lemon will possibly contain harmful pesticides.