Health Benefits of the Tangy Lemon and Lemon Juice
Ailments can affect anyone, anytime. Help is at hand, right in your kitchen.
Our kitchen has numerous fruits, vegetables and herbs at all times, one of which is the very common lemon.
Lemon can be used in every season as it adapts its benefits to the changing season and keeps one free from seasonal afflictions.
Lemon juice has a high content of vitamin C, some vitamin B vitamins and a healthy dose of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper.
The best lemon is the one having thin skin. If warmed slightly before extracting juice three times more juice can be extracted.
Lemons can be made into a sweet drink/sharbat, pickles - both sweet and salty and candied. Its juice is often squeezed over Indian dishes like pav bhaji or snacks like bhelpuri etc.
Nimbu Chuhare Ka Meetha Achar (Lemon & Dates Sweet Pickle)
Lemon juice is light and easily digestible. Though lemons are acidic outside once the juice is in the body it turns alkaline as its citric acid content prevents acidity once it is metabolized thus increasing the body alkalinity and keeping infections at bay as bacteria cannot thrive in an alkaline medium.
It not only relieves stomach related problems but since it is cold by nature it reduces heat in the body and this is why lemon juice water is given in summer.
Lemon juice helps in relieving constipation and the juice when applied externally relieves various skin related problems.
Lemon juice is good not only in treating wounds due to piles and boils but in expelling intestinal worms as well. It is a potent help in diabetes, influenza and coryza.
Lemon juice is extremely beneficial in combating joint pains and gout. Uric acid, a type of poison, is constantly formed in the body and expelled through urine. Our body needs to maintain a low level of uric acid and lemon juice helps to remove this uric acid.
By virtue of its high vitamin C content lemon juice boosts immunity levels and prevents infections as well as combating the ill effects of heat stress.
I personally drink a glass of lemon juice water on waking up made by adding the juice of one lemon to a glass of warm water. It not only flushes the system of toxins, prevents kidney stones and helps in reducing weight but benefits the heart as well because of its high potassium content.
When lemon is not available I use bottled lemon juice so that I can continue getting these benefits every day.
Ginger Lemon Juice/Shikanji
Ayurvedic Uses of Lemon Juice
In High Uric Acid Levels
If after a full night's sleep you feel lethargic and tired on getting up or you are feeling the heat in the body, chances are that your uric acid level is high.
To reduce uric acid levels stop drinking tea and start taking the juice of 1 or 2 lemons in a glass of tepid or cool water, first thing in the morning on empty stomach. It will immediately act on the kidneys which will flush out the excess uric acid. Take this daily for some days, you will feel an enormous difference.
Incidentally, high uric acid levels are also one of the reasons for gout.
For headache due to heat, cut a lemon into 2 halves and warm these halves on fire one by one and give fomentation on the forehead with these warm lemon halves. It relieves a headache instantly.
Make black tea and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in it and drink it hot. Relieves headache immediately.
If you feel dizzy immediately after getting up from a sitting position or feel dizzy while walking, take the juice of 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water to which a spoon of candy sugar or crystalline sugar is added, first thing in the morning on empty stomach for some days.
In Nose Bleed
Make a paste of ground oats with lemon juice and apply on the forehead a few times. It stops nose bleed.
In Bleeding Gums
Gargle with water in which lemon juice has been mixed. Brush teeth with lemon juice and when thirsty drink water in which lemon juice has been added. In a week's time, bleeding stops and the teeth will become stronger.
In a glass of water add the juice of 2 or 3 lemons. Brush the teeth with this water 3 to 4 times a day. Apart from relief in pyorrhea, it helps to tighten loose teeth and cleans dirty teeth.
In Throat Pain
Warm some lemon juice and add little honey to it. Lick this 3 times a day It's a boon in almost all diseases of the throat.
As a Tonic
Add the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of hot water with a tsp of Honey. It gives one an instant energy boost. It also improves eyesight and removes mental tiredness.
Add the juice of 1 lemon to a glass of tomato juice.
In Digestive Problems
Take the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of hot water 3 times a day In case of indigestion to take a slice of lemon to warm it then sprinkle salt on it and suck on it. It digests food.
Take the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of hot water at bedtime.
To Grow Nails
In warm water add the juice of 1 lemon and keep fingers dipped in this for 5 minutes. Then remove hands and immediately put hands in cold water.
To Harden Soft Nails
Apply lemon juice on nails. Let it dry, then wash.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- add little rock salt
Mix and take this few times a day to stop hiccups.
For Easy Childbirth
From the fourth month of pregnancy, take the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of water to which sugar has been added for sweetness.
These are just a few of the many health benefits of lemons and I hope you use lemons and lemon juice to keep yourself healthy.
For Colds, Runny Nose & Immunity
A home remedy prepared with lemon, honey and warm water will give relief from colds, runny nose and boost body immunity. To a glass of warm water add the juice of 1 lemon and stir in 2 tsp honey. Check out the recipe video below.
For Colds, Runny Nose and Immunity Boost
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