Everybody knows lemon; people are fond of eating lemon pickle, and drinking lemon juice. The specialty of lemon is that it is sour in taste in all stages, whether raw or ripe. It is the best source of vitamin C and also has qualities of overcoming scurvy. The second quality is that it removes pitta in spite of being salty in nature. Different types of lemon are found like Kagaji, Bijori, Jammiri, sweet lemon etc. Kagaji lemon is normally used for the purpose of Ayurvedic treatment.
Composition: The lemon trees are generally of medium height with thorns, small leaves, completelyround and emit lemon like fragrance when crushed.
The flowers also have fragrance; the fruits are round smooth, green when raw and yellow when ripe.
Chemical composition: The lemon juice contains citric acid, phosphoric acid, melic acid and sugar. The skin contains a bitter inflammable element called glucocide hesperidins, which is generally found in the white part of the skin.
Qualities: Lemon is sour, removes vata, it is light and increases digestive fire. It removes germs, stomachache, improves appetite, and is very beneficial in case of vata, pitta, kapha and pain. Lunacy: Apply lemon juice on forehead to cure lunacy.
Anxiety: Lemon juice is beneficial in order to control anxiety and palpitation in women. Headache: heat two halves of lemon and keep on temples and give fomentation for at least one hour to overcome headache.
Hair: grind myrobalan in lemon juice and apply on hair to remove dandruff. It also controls hair loss.
Eye diseases: Crush lemon juice in an iron crusher till it turns black; apply it near eyes or in the eyes to relieve eye pain.
Rub a piece of lemon on rust, make a poultice in yellow cloth and touch the eyes to overcome itching and reddishness along with other eye problems.
Grind clove and black pepper and apply in eyes to clean eyes.
Pimples and Acne:
Apply lemon juice on face and clean to remove pimples and acne.
Mix equal quantities of lemon, basil and black kasondi juice and keep it under sun till it gets thick. Apply on face.
Mix lemon juice with honey and apply on face to make the skin wrinkle free.
Mouth Ulcers: Rub lemon peel on tongue and gums and drink 20-30 gm lemon juice regularly to relieve mouth ulcers.
Thirst: lemon juice is the best way to quench thirst.
Stomachache: eat the peel of one raw lemon daily to overcome stomachache caused mainly after meals. It overcomes windy complaint.
Vomiting: take five to ten ml fresh lemon juice to control vomiting occurring after meals.
Digestive fire: mix a little bit of ginger and black pepper powder in lemon juice and drink to increase digestive fire, indigestion, vata, kapha.
Indigestion and stomachache: mix three gram lemon juice, ten gram lime water, ten gram honey and take 20 drops at a time to improve digestion.
Loss of appetite: Add two times water in lemon juice; mix one or two clove and black pepper powder to improve digestion. Slice a lemon, sprinkle black salt and lick to improve appetite.
Lemon juice increases digestive fire.
Germs: lemon juice destroys bacteria of typhoid, dysentery, cholera etc. Jaundice: apply lemon juice in eyes to cure jaundice.
Liver: Add lemon juice and sugar candy in lukewarm water and drink in the morning to improve liver functioning. Mix roasted Ajowan and rock salt and drink lemon juice to overcome liver and spleen diseases.
Obesity: add two spoons of lemon juice and one spoon of honey in lukewarm water and drink in the morning to reduce weight.
Cholera: take juice of two lemons before meals or take lemon juice with sugar candy to cure cholera.
Pitta: mix five-gram sugar candy in juice of one lemon and drink to overcome pitta.
Dysentery: take 30 gm of lemon juice twice or thrice daily to overcome dysentery caused due to kapha problem.
Liver problems: lemon pickle is beneficial in case of liver problems Add 20 gm onion juice in lemon juice and take for a fortnight in case of liver enlargement. It is recommended to drink soup made with pulses.
Arthritis: take one to two gram lemon juices every four hours.
Insect bite: apply lemon juice on bitten area to reduce pain.
Scorpion bite: grind nine grams lemon seeds, eight gram rock salt and take it to remove poison of scorpion.
Fever: slice lemon, apply black pepper powder and rock salt on one half and sugar candy powderon the other half. Heat and lick the pieces to control vomiting caused after monsoon season.
Seasonal fever: mix 25 gm lemon juice, equal quantity of chirayata decoction to reduce seasonal fever.
Influenza: mix lemon juice and sugar candy in hot water and drink in this case.
Skin ailments: slice lemon and rub on skin in case of ringworm, eczema, black spots etc.
Ringworm: grind karonda root and add in lemon juice to relieve this problem.
Scurvy: mix four ounce lemon juice, 60 grains potassium chlorate, six grains quinine, two ounce sugar and take it three to four times daily for relief. Lemon, pineapple, black plum, myrobalan, tomato, orange should be taken in this case.
Swami Ramdev Ji's self-tested remedy: Mix juice of half lemon in cupful lukewarm milk and drink before it curdles. It controls bleeding in case of diabetes. Do not use this remedy more than once or twice.