I grew up loving lemons. I would suck on them, eat the fleshy sour fruit and nibble on the rind. My teeth would feel gritty, but I just loved them. My mother told me that my teeth felt gritty, because the citric acid was slowly eating away my tooth enamel. This is, unfortunately, true, but recently I was amazed to learn the positive beautiful benefits of my beloved fruit.
After a friend took part in an essential oils course, he explained to me that just one or two drops of lemon essential oil on a styrofoam packing peanut dissolved the material into nothingness. The experiment was done in a class to show how the properties of a lemon break down plastic. By adding a drop or two to our glasses of water each day, we help break down the plastic we have accumulated over time in our bodies.
I began to do more research and found that lemons and other citrus fruits simply ARE amazing.
Lemons contain two compounds – limonin and limonene – which appear to help inhibit some of the cell divisions that may cause cancer. Limonene is found in the zest or outermost part of the rind of a lemon. The limonene found in the lemon peel or lemon zest has the effect of increasing the level of enzymes in the liver that may remove cancer-causing chemicals. The limonene has also been shown to remove estradiol, a hormone linked to breast cancer.
‘Citrus oils high in d-limonene work better as cancer preventatives than cancer treatments, although they have been shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties on all stages of cancer. A 1996 study at Charing Cross Hospital in London, UK, achieved close to a 15 % remission rate in patients with advanced colon and breast cancer using doses from 1 to 15 grams of d-limonene from orange oil as their only treatment.’ Essential Oils Pocket Reference 4th Edition
The Healing Properties of Lemons
- Antibacterial – destroying or stopping growth of bacteria
- Anticoagulent – inhibit or stop blood from clotting
- Antifungal – destroys or inhibits growth of fungus
- Anti-infectious – counteracts infection Respiratory
- Anti-inflammatory – controls eliminates inflammation resulting from injury or infection
- Antimetic – effective against vomiting, nausea, used for treating motion sickness
- Antiseptic – prevents, halts infection
- Anti-spasmodic – Calms nervous and muscular spasms, for colic, pain and indigestion
- Anti-viral – Preventing or inhibiting viral activity
- Calmative – Sedative
- Digestive aid – promotes digestion of food
- Diuretic – increases urine flow
- Expectorant – helps promote release of mucous from the respiratory system
- Insecticide – repels, kills insects
- Rheumatism – painful condition joints, muscles, tendons characterized by inflammation, stiffness
- Immunostimulant – Increases white blood cells
- Breaks up Stones – Gallstones, kidney, urinary
- Pancreatic stimulant – stimulates pancreatic juices
- Anti-tumoral – Counteracts, prevents formation tumors, anticancer
- Astringent – causes contraction of organic tissues
So, maybe a lemon a day, a few drops of its essential oil, or a little nibbling on its organic rind will keep the doctor (not the dentist) away….