Lemon Health Benefits and Natural Cures

Lemon for Sore Throats

Posted by My2cents (Rock Hill, Sc, Usa) on 02/16/2013
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I accidentally created the following sore throat remedy.

The zest and juice of one lemon, 1 cup fresh thyme, 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped, 2 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger, 4 cups boiling water, 1/3 cup raw honey. Place all ingredients (except the honey) into boiling hot water. Cover and allow to sit 10-15 minutes off of the heat. Strain and add the honey. Stir well. Refrigerate.

I started out just making lemon peel tea. I thought it would be nice to add some mint. Then I figured I may as well use up the rest of the thyme I had from the batch of cough syrup I had made two days before. I sent my husband out for lemons and mint, then he came in with ginger as well. I figured what the hay. Lets add that too. He has been suffering with a terrible sore throat and stuffy nose. He drank this tea today and yesterday. About a quart each day. He says his sore throat is gone. His sinuses are stull stuffy though. I felt a sore throat beginning myself yesterday, today I also drank this tea and now there is no sign of a sore throat in sight. It may not cure what ails you, but it sure does wonders for a sore throat! If you think about eliminating the thyme, don't. You would be surprised at how much better it is with the thyme.

Posted by Tara McDonald (Perth, ON, Canada)
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This recipe was given to my grandparents by a spunky 90 year old (or should I say young) opera singer one day while he was digging in his garden. He valued his voice greatly and refused to take any "modern medications" that might numb his throat instead of heal it.

1 Lemon
Good Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Honey (optional)
Go around the lemon - poking it with a fork and then put it in the oven (350') until juice bubbles out the holes. Cool. Squeeze the lemon and put the juice in a jar. Add an equal amount of olive oil.
Add some honey if you like. SHAKE! Take a small spoonful now and again - like a lozenge.

Lemon for Viruses

Posted by Annie (Duluth, MN) on 04/22/2008
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When my husband came down with a nasty virus, I began to drink fresh squeezed lemon juice, and also to chew on the peelings. This kept me from catching his bug, and I also felt much healthier as a result -- more energy and healthier digestion.

Since then, I have found a more palatable way to take the lemon juice. I put on some filtered or distilled water to boil. In the meantime, I squeeze one whole lemon and set the juice aside. I cut up the peeling into quarter-inch pieces (approximately) and drop them in a coffee cup. I pour boiling water over the peelings just to cover, then cover the cup and let them steep for 5 minutes. This pulls the zest from the peelings. I strain the liquid and discard the pieces. I then combine the hot liquid with the sqeezed lemon juice and drink. This should be done once per day at the onset of flu season, and 2 to 3 times per day if exposed to or suffering from any virus.

This drink is bitter, since it consists of the essence of lemond rind. It may cause loose stools, which may be a good thing if ridding the body of unwanted "guests".

It works extremely well if combined with an ecchinacea regimen for convelescence after a bout of illness. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon may help to prevent diarrhea if it becomes bothersome.

Lemon in Water

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 05/12/2011
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I have just bought a few booklets with loads of suggestions for the house, beauty products you can make yourself, health.... I can't post reviews because they are in French but if anybody who reads French is interested I can post the names. Once in a while I will post some of the tips which are often quite good! This time a few tips concerning the lemon: If you, like me often have dirty nails (no idea why my nails get so dirty, they are not long or anything.... ), plunge them in half a lemon. I keep used lemons for that purpose, also to use as deodorant, the best ever!

I have also started drinking a glass of lemon juice and water first thing in the morning, 1/3 lemon, 2/3 water. They have a cure where you drink more and more lemon juice every day and then back off the same way but I haven't tried that. One thing I found interesting, they suggest lemon juice for conjuntivitis, does anyone agree? I would be afraid to try! As I have those unsightly white stains on my skin I am using lemon juice to try to equalize the skin and at the same time also get rid of brown spots. So far no luck but I will keep on trying!

What about a mask of honey and lemon against the wrinkles? Three tbspoons of honey with a few drops of lemon, apply and leave for 30 minutes.

Really great books! I have learnt a lot about lemon, vinegar, clay, salt, baking soda, bier yeast, etc.

Replied by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca

Makes sense since lemon has long been known as a liver detoxifier.

I also use it as part of my weekly face exfoliator. I pat on a mixture of lemon and extra virgin olive oil, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then *gently*, with small circular motions, use sugar to exfoliate. Works great!

Replied by Amal
Algiers, Algeria

I discovered this site by chance. I really loved it and it is one of my favorites. Somebody had question about lemon and conjonctivits

Let me tell you something about it. Many years ago, we had an epidemy called conjnctivite (in french) I ilve in Doha but I am from Algeria and every one in the country was affected. My mother was not sick at all. She was just puting drops of lemon juice in her eyes. It was a miracle but the rest of the family was scared by this idea. It took time to cure because no one listened to the wise woman who did not go through it at all and her eyes stayed in perfect condition.

I do believe that lemon is a miracle.

Posted by Madhur (Brisbane, Australia) on 06/02/2009

If I squeeze fresh juice from a lemon, is it okay to sip that with water all day long? Someone told me that it should be drunk straight away otherwise it becomes more acidic or something. I would appreciate anyone's answer. Thanks.

Replied by Queenmum
Austin, Texas

Be sure to swish plain water around in your mouth after a sip of lemon water. Constant sipping of acidic lemon water will erode your tooth enamel and leave you vulnerable to cavities. I used to sip lemon water all day and after several months the enamel eroded at the gum line of my lower teeth. I had to have the eroded areas repaired

Posted by Raj (Bangalore, India) on 01/08/2009

Is it advisable to take fresh lemon juice mixed with water in morning with empty stomach? Will the acidic nature of lemon harms our stomach in addition with digestive acid in stomach? Please clarify!


Replied by RD
Calcutta, India

Lemon and water can be a bit harsh on the stomach first thing in the morning. The acidity of the lemon can be too strong for an empty stomach. Some people of course are more sensitive to this sort of thing than others. In the worst case scenario, this could result in stomach ulcers caused by an excessive amount of acid in the stomach, which eventually acts on the lining.

Lemon Juice and Eggshells

Posted by Jeff (Columbus, Ohio) on 10/14/2020

I have a question about lemon juice. I cannot take ascorbic acid to get more vity c as my body doesn't do well with it at all. But I'm fine with actual food like lemons. Lately my teeth and gums have been giving me issues. I'm sure I'm not getting enough C ,especially with having Lyme.

Anyway, I've started taking a ground up eggshell for calcium daily and I've been dissolving it in lemon juice to make it more easily absorbed.

My question is, by mixing the 2 there is an obvious chemical reaction as ones a base and ones an acid. What happens to the individual parts in this reaction? In other words, does the vity c remain active? I know C is sensitive to heat and a lot of other stuff and I need C so I want to be sure it's not oxidizing out in the reaction. And what about the calcium carbonate? Does it simply become calcium citrate?

Or am I simply better off taking these separate from each other?


Lemon Revitalizer

Posted by Shyam (Miami, FL) on 09/10/2006
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Prevention is better than cure - is what inspired me to try this ancient Indian recipe to detox the body. I read about this many times on the Internet and heard people talk about the general benefits. But only after I started doing it myself did I realize the benefits. The main change I recognized is my energy level in the morning. Doesn't matter how long day I have, when I start the next day with a nice cold shower (Oh yeah !! cold shower works miracle's on your body and your energy levels) and a fresh lemon juice, I am totally revitalized. No tiredness and no yawning in the meetings My skin tone also improved. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to start a day feeling good about themselves.

Posted by Guilda (New Zealand)
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a short mention on lemon juice, liver loves sour, {if you have a crook liver it doesn't like grapefruit), our liver needs sour to function fully as it works overtime and our diets are full of processed flours and sugars etc. One lemon drink in the morning will alkalize your body for the day and prepare it for its acidic onslaught.It has to be before you have anything to eat or drink. Give it half an hour before breaksfast. Please place cold water on top of the lemon before adding the hot to protect the properties, especially Vit.C as it is destroyed with heat. Add a tsp of honey. Honey is also good for sore throats, 1 tsp of honey on a spoon also does wonders for us. Good health to you.

Multiple Cures With Lemon

Posted by Ingvar (Prachin Buri) on 07/22/2017
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Lemons cure everything

Lemon smoothie:

Obtain a week's worth of lemons which is 14 lemons at a time. Freeze the lemons. Before freezing, clean them thoroughly (pesticides) There is something about freezing them that is important. After thoroughly frozen, take out 2 each day and thaw them in a bowl of water, about 10 - 15 minutes.

Blender: The objective here is to create a smoothie, most house hold blenders are not sturdy enough to create a smoothie, it needs higher speeds, so a commercial professional blender is preferred.

1. Cut the lemons open one by one and slice into smaller pieces so you can remove all seeds. It is very important to remove All the seeds.

2. Fill the blender with mineral water about half a liter or slightly less (depends on size of the lemons, trial and error), the goal is to create a good smoothie. Remember it is very important to keep all the parts of the lemon, do not peel and throw away anything, except the top and bottom little black spots.

3. Run the blender and drop in the cut pieces whole lemon slowly. Make sure you get a smooth texture, takes about 3 - 4 minutes of blending.

After blending, split into 2 containers and drink one in the morning before breakfast and the other in the evening before going to bed. The containers must have air tight lids and store it in the fridge with as little air as possible in the closed container. Best is to blend in the morning, you have fresh smoothie in the morning and evening.

Freezing the lemons is important, something happens in the freezing process.

Do this every single day religiously.

After a few weeks you will feel that your skin is becoming rejuvenated. Your skin is smoother. Any old melanoma-like growths are starting to vanish. I had these spots/outgrowths on my back, In my arm pits, around my genitals on my temple, they are gone now. Black or brown spots will go away from the skin. A friend of mine swears he cured his cancer with this, smoker for 40 years, now stopped smoking with new hope.

Multiple Cures with Lemon

Posted by Stepanie (Georgia, US) on 09/27/2014
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My daughter had a severe attack about 4 years ago and we had no idea what was happening. A visit to the ER told us it was gallstones.

We tried the ACV but she would not take it, I tried it in every concoction imaginable... no go. Then I read somewhere on EarthClinic about lemon juice for gallstones. This was a miracle for her.

She likes lemon juice and had no trouble taking a big swig straight. HER RELIEF WAS INSTANT!!! She was doubled over in severe screaming pain and within 5 minutes or even less she was pain free. She did feel sore after such a bad attack but the lemon juice worked like a miracle.

She used it every morning first thing and she would take a swig before every meal. After about a year she could start eating some of the trigger foods again like eggs and beef. One bonus of the lemon juice is that it will start to dissolve the stones but this takes a year or longer depending on the size and severity and you have to be consistent and take it daily.

My elderly mother always complained her back hurt and they would give her Tylenol which never helped at all. Then I noticed it always happened after she ate, after what I learned with my daughter I guessed it was gallstones and not mom's back cause my daughter always said it hurt in her back.

I got mom some lemon juice and it worked! Mom couldn't believe it. The nurses couldn't believe it. The doctor was amazed and once they saw with their own eyes they started asking me the dosage. The doctor actually wrote it down! Huge win for natural remedies!!

The sooner mom would take the lemon juice after she ate the faster it worked but if she forgot about it and waited an hour of being in pain, it would take about 10 minutes to work completely but she could feel it ease off immediately.

We always used the lemon juice straight. No water or sugar added. We found that if we added anything it would not work as well. We never really measured just took a big swig. If I had to guess on the amount I would say about 1/4 cup.

Another thing lemon juice cures almost instantly is an allergy attack. My husband has allergies that cause his eyes and noise to run and he will start sneezing. Lemon juice stopped it all. He would take about 1/2 cup and sometimes need a second dose if he had waited too long or its a really bad attack.

Thank you EarthClinic and thank you to all the people that have contributed, you are saving lives and you have done more for my family than I could ever fit in one post. ~Steph

Posted by Juan (Laredo, Texas, USA) on 11/20/2009
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lemon juice is good for instant relief for high cholesterol level and high blood pressure. I have taken pills for this ailments but they take too long to do effect..anybody can try this like I did and it works for me and my wife and it has help my wife too. I even experiment with it and it shows my pressure high and within minutes it has going down instantly ,you can feel it working instantly. I even believe it has help my wife from having a heart attack.

Take half a glass of 100% lemon juice. if its too strong use half lemon with half water enjoy. to have instant relief stop what you are doing and take this remedy and do some deep breathing exercises. you will see the difference.too help you even more after you feel better take a power nap. let me know if it helps. this should be taken only when you feel sick. it clears your veins like drain o. you can also use it on salads to keep your veins unclog and squeeze a lemon on a glass of water with ice at night before bedtime it detosify your body you dont need to pay big bucks for this one. brother john.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
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Lemon as a skin smoother. Take the quarters of a juiced lemon and (this is going to look silly but it really works wonders) rub them anywhere you want to treat rough skin, or achieve smooth skin. Start with your elbows or back of your hands or heels. Yes it is a bit messy you will get a bit of lemon pulp on you, but dont worry. You can also rub them along your fingernails to smooth out rough cuticles. This is 100% strength alpha hydroxy acid from the lemon juice to exfoliate skin, which is not possible in any commercial cream or product. You can't get any more effective of a chemical exfoliant than that.

Take the fully used lemon quarters and put them in your sink disposal. When you run it, they will freshen up and sanitize it, as well as make your kitchen smell good. This only works with lemons and not other citrus fruits.

I add juice of a lemon to my tea tree toner bottle for extra smoothness.

Also, lemon juice makes a fantastic hair lightener, for blondes or those wanting natural highlights. Apply where desired and head outdoors (or pool, beach, patio, etc) during the daytime. Hair will be sticky til it is washed out. Witness great results.

Replied by Marlon
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Hi..I have gallbladder polyps and fatty liver too, polyps the biggest size is 7mm. Does drinking lemon water will help removes the polyps and fats. By the way I'm male and 42 years of age.need you people.

Replied by Bee
New York

Hi, I drink two lemons in water a few times a week... don't think it can hurt you but that is me.. I also use non soy lecithin and beet root powder everyday for gallbladder ... I also use Apple cider vinegar ....which the woman in healthfood store told me to use to help gallbladder. She also tode me to take probiotics which I have been and so far feeling better..

Replied by Marlon

Hello Bee, I am interested in apple cider vinegar and beet root..can you pls tell me the procedure and quantity. thanks so much bee.

Replied by Bee
New York

Well the ACV I experimented with but make sure its organic and says mother in it.. I take one tablespoon in water about three times a day but if I go out I fill up a water bottle about 8 ounces or so and put some ACV in there. I then sip it throughout the day I am out.. As far as beet root, I use organic and use about one tablespoon in water and drink it on empty stomach.. You will know what is right for you ...

Replied by Marlon

Thanks a lot, bee, just one more question, where can I buy this ACV and how would I know if it is organic and the mother is in it? You're a big help bee :)

Replied by Bee
New York

Hi Marlon, Where do you live? I live in New York so most things are ready available here.. I get the ACV at the health food store or even regular grocery stores sell the organic with the mother.. Maybe even an Asian store would sell it also.. The bottle of ACV will say on it Organic with the mother.. If you ever order things online you could also get it online from various sources..

Replied by Marlon

Hello bee, I work here in malaysia but I am from the Philippines, and due to home next month. I will try to look for here in Malaysia. maybe in some health food store like you said. Or maybe online. Thanks a lot bee.

Posted by Paula (Poitiers, France and London, England) on 08/19/2009
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Have you got spots,insect bites, eczema., bruises rosecea, cuts etc.If you have please try fresh lemon juice on them It is extraordinary in its effectiveness better than any other natural or proprietary branded stuff (and i am into the natural stuff in a big way). Also if you have blocked sinuses consider doing without dairy products and alcohol for a while. Also first thing in the morning after O.P.try drinking lemon juice in warm water, half a small lemon cut up small with one third of a cup of warm water and taken like medicine works extremely well again!!

I am also reporting about my O.P which i was doing with olive oil and now with half walnut oil, I didn't report that the olive oil seemed to make me unpalatable to mosquitoes a good effect you would agree. The mix has improved my teeth a great deal they are looking so clean and not feeling sensitive at all. I have also begun doing internal Tau exercises amazing!! i have lost weight and gained a shapely waist I can certainly recommend them to all you self helpers out there. But please remember that you have to follow a healthy diet to gain the most from the above. Stop smoking, drinking all normal and diet soda drinks I cannot understand why anyone thinks they are good; they totally acidify your system causing all sorts of physical and mental side effects. Enough preaching good luck everyone. Thanks to the organisers of this site, it's brilliant!