Lemon is a citrus fruit known for its astringent and antimicrobial activities. Many people start off their day by squeezing some lemon into a glass of water. This helps boost immunity, freshen the breathe, increase energy, and balance digestive acidity. Further, lemon is rich in flavonoids with powerful antioxidant activity that may help reduce cancer activity.
The juice of one squeezed lemon contains about half the recommended intake of vitamin C for the day.
A few dozen research articles were found on lemon. It is most researched for its antimicrobial actions, including antibacterial and antifungal possibilities. This gives it an antiseptic action good for cleaning surfaces and skin. Antioxidant and radical scavaging actions of the flavonoids of lemon and its cancer fighting potential have also been studied. Lemon can be used as an insect repellent, digestive aid, expectorant, and mood booster as well. The fruit has been heavily used throughout history and more human studies are warranted. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Citrus Limon
Lemon is a small citrus tree growing in a warm climate, about fifteen feet high with eliptical green leaves, white flowers, and yellow fruit.
Both the peel / rind and the juice / pulp are used. For at home use, squeeze the juice of one half a lemon into 8 ounces of water and drink.
Oil is usually expressed from the outer rind, but may also be steam distilled. Oil is greasy, pale yellow-green, and turns brown with age. Aroma is clean, sweet, and fresh.