Information on Lemon

Latin NameCitrus limon
Part UsedFruit Juice
Herb FormsFresh fruit juice, essential oil, bulk herb (peel); lemon juice powder.
AffectsBlood, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small evergreen tree from the Citrus family with fragrant white flowers and stiff thorns.
DescriptionLemon juice is taken internally for liver congestion, hyperacidity, hiccoughs, and obesity. Mixed in hot water, it is drunk for colds with fever and sore throat as well as dizziness. It combines well with sage tea and a teaspoon of honey for sore throats. Lemon juice may be applied externally for sunburn and warts. In traditional medicine lemons were used for scurvy, urinary gravel, and venous problems such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Lemon has a taste of SOUR and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 teaspoon of the dried peel
Fresh Juice1-2 tablespoons per dose in water

Ailments Treated by Lemon

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gravelstone dissolverjuice
Liver, stimulantliver stimulantfresh juice
Hyperacidityrefrigerantfresh juice
Feverrefrigerantfresh juice
Throat, sore--acuterefrigerantfresh juice


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