The power of natural lemon and lemon essential oil with aromatherapy
The power of lemon!
“When fate gives you a lemon, make lemonade.” Dale Carnegie
Lemon is one of my best fruits. Its full potential is often overlooked. It helps cleanse the body, provides us with a large amount of vitamins and minerals, helps balance acidity in the body so that your immune system and healthy internal flora can survive!
Did you know that lemon is originally from China? Was that lemonade a favorite of the Chinese emperors? Was that lemon used for whitening and as an internal and external astringent back then?
The lemon tree is a small evergreen tree that grows up to twenty feet tall and is now widely cultivated throughout the world.
For you friends from the United States, lemons came to you through the Catholic Missionaries and were first planted in Arizona and California.
Lemon vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C, B5 and B6, calcium, potassium, copper, thiamine, riboflavin, iron and magnesium
Lemon is one of the main sources of potassium in nature. Potassium helps with brain and nerve function, helps regulate blood pressure, and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance.
Acid-alkali pH balance: Your body thrives on a delicate balance of acid and alkali. Lemons help this delicate balance. Despite its acidic nature, the impact it has on the body once ingested is to increase the alkaline balance so that it in turn becomes alkaline and restores your immune system.
And speaking of the immune system, lemon also helps this system with its content of bioflavonoids, antioxidants and vitamin C, which in turn also helps with inflammation.
Yes, all this goodness is a little yellow fruit!
Fresh lemon tips:
First things first, always rinse the lemon skin well. For the tips below, only the inside of the lemon is used for its juice.
To reduce fever and detoxify:
Fresh lemon juice promotes perspiration and helps block pain. When lemon juice is heated, salicylic acid (probably better known as a compound chemically similar to the active component of aspirin) is produced. The juice of half a lemon in warm water in the morning, at noon and at night helps to eliminate toxins and relieve aches and pains.
Quick Sore Throat Solution: Squeeze 5-10 drops of juice from a fresh lemon or lemon wedge onto your tongue and swallow these drops. Let the drops remain in the back of your throat. Do this 20 minutes before and after eating, drinking. Do this twice a day for a week to help with throat infections and boost the immune system for colds and flu.
Cough: Drink lemon juice alone or mixed with fruit juice. Also as a hot night cap drink, lemon is great in a hot toddy or grog – add warm boiled water to half a squeezed lemon juice, add a quantity of quality honey to taste.
Weight Loss and Detox – Lemons are great for helping you lose weight and detox. Drink half a freshly squeezed lemon juice with a small glass of fresh carrot juice or warm water first thing in the morning before breakfast and in the late afternoon, for a couple of weeks.
Lemon essential oil
In aromatherapy, lemon essential oil has many therapeutic uses. If you don’t like eating lemons, this could be an alternative so that you can reap the benefits of the good things in lemon in another way.
Lemon essential oil has long been used as a remedy for fever, infectious diseases, especially the common cold. Strengthens the immune system, stimulates kidney and liver functions.
Main therapeutic uses for:
Acne, oily skin, warts, corns, cellulitis, arthritis, brittle nails, colds, throat infections, herpes, high blood pressure, kidney stones and varicose veins.
Mixes well with other essential oils:
Chamomile, ginger, lavender, juniper, frankincense, fennel, and other citrus oils.
Not toxic. Possible irritant in high concentrations on the skin. Increases photosensitivity: avoid direct sunlight after use.
Lemon essential oil tips:
Throat / Cold and Flu / Immune Booster:
Use 4-5 drops of the oil in your aromatherapy oil burner with a little water. Place the burner for 20 minutes in your bedroom before going to bed.
Put a few drops of oil on the shower walls (tile or plastic only) before stepping into the shower. The steam from the hot shower water propels the essential oil molecules into the air, giving you an inhale of lemon vapor.
Before you shower, drop a couple of drops of the oil on your face towel. Use the face towel in the shower and rub it on your chest and around your neck.
Cellulite Blend: (The following amounts are just a guideline) Per 10 ml of carrier oil (preferably almond and wheat germ), add 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of grapefruit oil and 2 drops of lavender oil, or 3 drops of lemon oil and 2 drops of lavender oil.
Warts: Add a few drops of lemon oil to a cotton swab and apply it directly to the wart. Instead, you can also directly use lemon juice. Lemon oil is more concentrated and more effective, but both are good.
A tip on which lemon is excellent for food is to help preserve it and prevent it from turning brown with the help of the antioxidants in lemon. For example, squeeze a little lemon juice over your avocado guacamole and this will help keep it preserved and prevent it from turning gross brown.
Lemon and mustard sauce for meat dishes.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter or alternative cooking oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons coarse ground French mustard
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper
Put butter (or cooking oil) and garlic in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Just before serving, whisk in remaining ingredients; Heat the mixture briefly. Do not leave it on the fire because the sauce will curdle.
Healthy Lemon Ginger Yogurt Crumble Dessert
Easy, easy, lemon squeeze!
CRUMBLE: Mix in crushed oat flakes, crushed walnuts, add small raisins or sliced and diced raisins and a pinch of ground cinnamon. This mix may be to your liking, so have fun making your own healthy mix! The crumble constitutes the base and 1/3 of the dessert. Place this crumble directly into your dessert bowls / cups. I usually serve this dessert in crystal glasses.
LEMON / GINGER YOGURT: Use a healthy low-fat yogurt. Greek style yogurt is good. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, a small amount of freshly squeezed ginger juice, and mix well but gently with the yogurt. This yogurt mixture should make up about 2/3 of the dessert. Add this now on top of the crumble base mix.
COATING: Peeled and sliced fresh strawberries (or other fruit). Now drizzle quality honey over the strawberries and yogurt.
Put it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to cool and voila!
I hope this information has been interesting and useful for you.
NB: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. The reader is advised to think carefully about any difficulties you are having with your own health and to consult your physician if you are unsure of their cause or nature.