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Most Common Name:Lemon
Botanical Name:Citrus Limonum, Citrus Limon
Also Known As (other names):Limon, Limoun, Limone

Lemon - General description:

Lemon is closely related to Bergamot. The Lemon tree is hardly ever taller than 15 feet and somewhat untidy with large evergreen leaves. Lemon is originally from India but has been grown in the Mediterranean area for many centuries. This wide spread cultivation has caused the development of many varieties of the hardy Lemon tree that is now grown all over the world

Lemon juice, fresh lemon fruit, lemon peel and lemon essential oil (which is extracted from lemon peel) are all used in a variety of applications as medicinal and culinary herbs.

Lemons are high in Vitamin C.

Lemon Properties, or Lemon use in treatment of:

Haemorrhoids Varicose veinsDiuretic


Lemon Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.
Essential oil - See Lemon Essential Oil

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.


Hesperidin: One of the Flavanoids, Hesperidin is effective in reducing permeability of blood vessels and are used in the treatment of vascular disorders.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.




Vitamin C: A water soluble white crystalline vitamin.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is best known for its infection fighting properties (popular as a remedy for flu's and colds) but it plays two other vital roles in the body: it is crucial in the formation of collagen (the protein that is responsible for strong joints and bones as well as a healthy skin) and it plays a role in the formation of red blood cells.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals. It is used by many to improve fertility as it is believed to protect genetic substances due to its antioxidant properties and improves sperm health quality and production.

Natural sources of vitamin c is most berries, tomatoes, citrus fruit and fresh green leafy vegetables.

Collagen: Not a constituent of a plant or other natural remedy this substance is so essential to the body that it warrants description.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that forms the fibers of skin, tendons ligaments and bones. This fibrous "mat" or collage is responsible for the strength of teeth and bones, strength of cell walls and the underlying structural make-up of the skin. Collagen makes up almost a third of all protein in the body.

With age (assisted by sun-damage) the collagen fibers in the skin become rigid and the body gradually loses its ability to repair or rejuvenate these collagen fibers (as a result of a weakening, hardening or even breakdown of the very fine capillaries that feed the skin).



Lemon Contraindications, do not use if:

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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Lemon is Administered as/Available in:



What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


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