Home remedies with lemon

Lemon/lime is a well-known, commonly used fruit in almost every cuisine. Though lime and lemon are spoken of in the same breath, they are actually a bit different from each other. Lime is smaller in size, has a thin smooth skin, sweet smell and contains less juice as compared to lemon. Both are excellent sources of free citrus acid, natural sugars, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus.

Lemon/lime is indeed a boon to mankind; the efficacy of innumerable remedies with lemon as an ingredient is proven to work wonders. Here’s a comprehensive list of such home-remedies for various ailments.
* Diluted lemon juice along with honey can be taken early in the mornings regularly, to clear abdominal discomfort ; it also acts as a blood purifier.

* Lime juice is also helpful in cases of chronic constipation, especially, when it is taken as the first thing in the morning in a glass of warm water.

* Lime juice is also excellent for weight reduction. It has a sedative effect on the nerves. Fresh juice of lime and a tsp of honey mixed in a glassful of water should be taken every morning on an empty stomach for obesity. This reduces weight in two or three months’ time.

* Drinking a glass of buttermilk early in the morning to which a tsp of lemon juice is added, casts off your sloth, peps you up and energizes you to go on with your chores with increased zest and vigor.

* Lemon is considered beneficial in the treatment of digestive disorders. A teaspoon of fresh lime juice should be mixed with equal quantity of honey. It should be licked to stop bilious vomiting, indigestion, burning sensation in the chest and excessive accumulation of saliva in the mouth. A teaspoon of lime juice mixed with water and a pinch of soda-bicarbonate makes an excellent remedy for acidity.

* If you tend to burp after a heavy meal, make a habit of taking 1 tsp of lemon juice twice a day.

* Adding 1 tsp of honey to 2 tsp of lemon juice along with a few crystals of black salt helps to stop hiccups.

* A well known folk remedy to cure diarrhea is to squeeze half a lemon in goat’s milk and drink it.

* When you are feeling nauseous, mix equal quantities (say about 1 tsp each) of lemon juice and ghee and have it. For giddiness accompanied by vomiting squeeze half a lemon in warm water. Add a ½ tsp cumin (jeera) seeds and a pinch of cardamom (elaichi) powder to get relief.

* As the juice of fresh lime is a rich source of vitamin C, it is valuable in the prevention and treatment of scurvy. In ancient times it has saved the lives of innumerable crews of ocean going vessels from this disease.

* This fruit is ideal for all types of fevers and colds, if taken well-diluted. Vitamin C- rich lime juice increases resistance, reduces toxicity and cuts down the course of illness. A glass of diluted lime juice prepared in warm water, to which a teaspoon of honey is added, is an ideal remedy for cold and dry cough.

* You can even add 1-2 tsp lemon juice to steaming hot tea and drink it to get relief from cold.

* For malarial fevers, adding a tsp of lemon juice to one tsp of onion juice and taking it thrice a day provides tremendous relief.

* A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water, with two teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of common salt, should be sipped slowly. It is found to provide relief in cases of tonsillitis.

* For a bad taste in the mouth due to fever or any illness and everything seems to taste bland, try this whole lemon chutney or Nimbe Gojju

* Lemon has been used as remedy in gout and arthritis since long. Vitamin C is known to prevent and cure sore joints by strengthening the connective tissue of the body. For external use, you can grind the leaves of lemon plant, mix it with sesame (til) oil and boil the mixture well until the moisture content in it disappears. After it cools off, apply it to the painful joints to get relief.

* A tsp of lemon juice taken also helps in conditions of ulcers of mouth, spongy gums, pyorrhea and other oral problems.

* Women who suffer from excessive bleeding during menses should take diluted lime juice at least twice a day during that period.

* For any kind of insect bite, rub lemon rind all over the affected area as quickly as possible.

Lime should not be taken in excess. The alkaline salts of its juice neutralize the free uriclemon acid and precipitate it. This can affect your kidneys.

Lemon as beauty aid
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  1. Anonymous4:44 AM

    WOW! Great tips! I never knew some of these... granted, it would take quite awhile to try them all. :)

    Best wishes in the New Year,
    Bionic Beauty

  2. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Very very useful tips…….thanks for sharing….

  3. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Aparna, you ‘ve posted a beautiful write up on lemon…covering all it’s beneficial & medicinal values….:)

  4. Anonymous9:38 AM

    If I consume lemon and honey to reduce my weight, will it affect my marriage life?

  5. Varadraj4:34 PM

    Lemon oil has high vitamin content and therefore it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. It further stimulated White Blood Cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases. Lemon oil also improves the circulation in the body.

  6. Anonymous5:01 PM

    Lime destroys the toxins in the body. It is very effective in destroying bacteria from intestinal tract. It cures constipation, loss of appetite, arthritis, skin diseases, heart diseases. The high potassium content in them makes the lime very useful for preventing and curing heart diseases. It strengthens the teeth and gums. It freshens the breath. It purifies blood and liver. It stimulates the functions of the kidney, liver and sweat glands. A ripe lime is a good appetizer. It destroys intestinal worms and expels the excessive gases formed in the digestive tract.

  7. Babanad5:39 PM

    Massage with Turpentine oil/Eucalyptus oil 3/4 times a day on the affected part. Cover that portion with a wet towel and gradually pour hot water (not very hot) from the kettle on it. You may experience great relief.

  8. Prematara5:43 PM

    Drink plenty of lime juice everyday as the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) content of lime helps heal wounds quickly, maintain your teeth, helps also hair, nails and complexion in good condition and guard against catching colds.

  9. Samarth12:18 PM

    The astringent action of lime essential oil helps to increase and improve the tone of the skin and the anti-scorbutic properties help to detoxify and clear the skin of any accumulated waste material and especially for fighting cellulite.

  10. Phalguni11:06 AM

    Lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body.
    Acidity is one of the leading causes of bone loss. Add fresh lemon juice to water to help fight off osteoporosis.

  11. Shrirang11:10 AM

    Thank you for sharing the many uses of lemons! I mostly use them squeezed in my hot teas to soothe my sore throat, and to flavor my water!

  12. Anonymous6:12 AM

    i have been told that it can even your skin tone if you apply it to your face

  13. Samarth8:58 AM

    Twice a day for lemon water is a minimum; you can have as much as you want.

  14. Anonymous4:54 PM

    . Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.

  15. Suhas9:50 AM

    Lemon juice is an electrolyte that restores the acid-alkali balance of the body. Adding a squeeze of lemon, into your drinking water, tea, salad dressings, dips and sauces, is a good way to fight bacteria and viruses and keeps the skin healthy. Lemons are rich in Vitamin A, C and P (bioflavonoid). It has a powerful antibacterial property that helps treat cholera, malaria, influenza, common colds and typhoid fever. Lemon is also considered as a diuretic, which means it is good for people with urinary tract infection and high levels of uric acid, which are the main causes of rheumatism and arthritis.

  16. Anonymous11:16 AM

    It is believed that lemons help to reduce high blood pressure. It helps digestion because it activates the intestine's secretions. In skin care it has astringent properties and it helps to bleach and whiten the skin.Of course, lemon helps to stimulate circulation. This is the reason why many aromatherapy soaps have lemon essential oil. Because of its high vitamin C content, it helps boost the immune system.

  17. Caffeine is able to stimulate the brain and the lemon is able to reduce the symptoms that are associated with the headache and therefore can reduce the symptoms that are associated with the headache and eradiate the pain that is felt. The coffee should be consumed hot, or warm – and now allowed cooling before the individual drinks it.

  18. Bhishak8:42 AM

    Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid and flavonoids.

  19. Surabhi8:45 AM

    Benefits---Cholesterol Reduction,can help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon. Limonen works on the body to increase the levels of liver enzymes involved in detoxifying carcinogens,the high acid levels in limejuice are very effective in both inhibiting the growth of and killing cholera in food, effective as a mosquito repellent for up to three hours.

  20. Rohan9:28 AM

    Lime:--This rich source of vitamin C prevents tooth decay and also provides toothache pain relief.

  21. Soumya10:08 AM

    A glass of buttermilk with a teaspoon of lime juice will energize you for the whole day.

  22. Ankita10:08 AM

    To reduce burping after the meal, just have a teaspoon on lemon juice twice daily.

  23. Lemon is great natural cure for weight loss. Drink a glass of water with lime juice and some honey on an empty stomach in the morning.

  24. Food Expert8:49 AM

    If you are really sick and don't want to eat or drink, the best drink is a glass with the juice of half a lemon filled up with boiled water and a bit of cane sugar (not refined white sugar!) Because you only use half a lemon the detoxifying effect is not so strong but your body does receive much vitamin C.

  25. Bhavana8:38 AM

    Lemon water is also great for detoxifying for your body. In a glass, mix the juice from a lemon with warm water and sweeten with 1 tsp of honey. Lemon juice aids your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins, stimulates blood circulation, reduces arterial pressure, and activates bile and intestinal secretions.

  26. Someshwar8:40 AM

    more accurate and effective lemon detox: half of a lemon squeezed into a glass of water, drizzle in 100% pure maple syrup and put in a small pinch of cayenne pepper.

  27. Bhamini8:48 AM

    Ants in your kitchen?
    Locate where they are coming in to your house and generously spray the lemon juice at their point of entry. Works fabulous and no harsh chemicals, and best of all NO ANTS!!!!!

  28. Urmila8:51 AM

    It is believed that lemons help to reduce high blood pressure.

  29. Yogish8:52 AM

    Its clean aroma helps to uplift our spirit and calm the nerves. For this reason they should not be used prior to sleeping since lemons make us energetic and uplifted.

  30. Vinuta9:15 AM

    Lemon helps in removing the toxins from the body and makes body strong to withstand harsh summer radiations. Hence, drink the lemon juice drink twice in a day.

  31. Shubha7:44 AM

    Lemon juice is also a good medicine for obesity. Weight will be reduced when lemon juice and honey are mixed in warm water and taken in an empty stomach. C vitamin present in the lemon provides immunity.

  32. Savita9:57 AM

    limes are chockfull of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti oxidant that perks up the working of the immune system and makes the body less vulnerable to infections. Have the juice of freshly squeezed lime everyday.

  33. Shakti10:02 AM

    Drinking half a lemon squeezed in warm water each morning on an empty stomach helps your metabolism. It`s very good for your digestive system and also assists in weight loss.

  34. Shrivani10:03 AM

    It is also a powerful antibacterial, it kills off strong diseases such as malaria and cholera and much more. Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. It gives relief of kidney and bladder disorders, strengthens blood vessels, ect

  35. Bharat10:03 AM

    Lemons will prevent scurvy. They are a good source of vitamin C. They taste great on seafood.

  36. Roopali2:13 PM

    the best way to cleanse the system add lemon juice to cup of hot water.... drink first thing

  37. Lemon juice acts as a diuretic, stimulates the production of urine and cleans the urinary tract and the whole organism.

  38. Srisha4:04 PM

    Lemon has been found that taking lemon regularly can help to relieve headaches, soothe digestive problems and even help people suffering from anxiety. It stimulates blood circulation, reduces arterial pressure, activates bile and intestinal secretions. In other words, it can promote a general feeling of well being too.


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