How to Use Lemon as a Medicine

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How to Use Lemon as a Medicine

Lemons are so versatile and can be used in many ways to enhance your health. Lemons have been used for medicinal properties since ancient times. They have been cultivated in China and India for about 2,500 years.

There are a lot of culinary uses for lemons in food and drink, and lemon is also used as a cleaning agent. This time I would like to share with you 10 uses for lemons that can improve your health. There are many more uses for lemon as a medicine, but let’s look at some of them:


1. Improve skin hyper-pigmentation

The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening components. For a lightening mask apply 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice, natural yogurt and honey on your skin once a day for about 20 minutes. That is a slow process that will take some time until you see results. When using lemon on your skin, use sunscreen and avoid unnecessary time in the sun as lemons make your skin sensitive to light. You can find here more natural treatments for age spots and hyper-pigmentation.

2. Treat acne and acne scars

Lemons have antibacterial properties because they have a low pH, so some references clain that they are effective at killing the bacteria that causes acne and improves acne scars. For best results, make sure you use full strength, undiluted lemon juice. Undiluted lemon juice dries the skin, so use a moisturizer afterwards. Find here another easy and effective natural homemade skin treatment to stop skin breakouts.

3. Relieve cold symptoms and sore throat

Lemons contain high amount of vitamin C which improves the immune system and speeds up recovery time from infections. You can add lemon and honey to a tea to relieve cold symptoms and sore throat. Do it 3-4 times a day when you have a cold. See this great recipe for cleansing ginger lemon tea.

4. Treat dandruff


You can create a hair mask using only 2 ingredients that are known to get rid of dandruff: lemon and yogurt. You can add honey to the mask or a few drops of carrier oil (such as almond oil) to prevent dryness of the hair. Just wash and rinse your hair, then rub the mask into the scalp, and leave for 10-15 minutes. You may apply this mask 2-3 times a week. Find here more natural treatments for dandruff.

5. Ease constipation and improve digestion

Adding the juice of half a lemon to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning will enhance digestion. Lemon helps the bowel to dispose waste, including preventing constipation. Find here more health benefits of drinking lemon water. Drinking lemon water in the morning is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

6. Relieve insect bites


The acidity from the lemon juice will quickly help to treat insect bites and stings and will relieve the itching associated with them. Apply fresh lemon juice to the insect bite to soak the area completely. It may sting a little bit, but the lemon juice will speed up the healing process and help fight off infection. If you suffer from mosquito bites, find here more natural ways to relieve mosquito bites.

7. Whiten teeth

Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and the juice of half a lemon. Dip a brush in the mixture, brush and rinse your mouth well. The mixture can help remove wine, coffee or nicotine stains. Please note – excess acidity could erode the tooth enamel, so don’t repeat this treatments more than once a week. Find here more natural methods for teeth whitening.

8. Lemons and diabetes


Adding lemons to your diet can help you control your blood glucose levels. Adding acid to any food lowers its glycemic index, because the acid slows digestion and prevents sudden spikes in blood glucose levels (actually lemons alkalize your body when ingested). Also their high content of soluble fiber and vitamin C have been found to have beneficial properties for people with diabetes. Find here more 14 foods to control diabetes.

9. Treat kidney stones

People who tend to suffer from kidney stones can reduce the recurrences and prevent new calcium oxalate stone formation by drinking plenty of water that will make the calcium oxalate more soluble and less likely to form crystals. You can add to your water half a cup of lemon juice a day, as lemon juice also helps to reduce stone formation. You may also want to read my article about how to treat kidney stones naturally.

10. Strengthen and whiten finger nails

First of all you need to clean your nails and remove any polish. Then soak the nails in the lemon juice for few minutes and wash hands. You can apply a hand lotion or moisturizer to prevent your hands from drying.

How to select and store lemons

1. Choose fully ripened lemons that contain the most antioxidants. They should have a full yellow color as those that have green tinges have not fully ripened.

2. Choose lemons that are heavy for their size as it means that they have thin skin and more flesh and juice. They should have peels with a finely grained texture without wrinkling, soft patches and dull coloring.

3. Lemons will stay fresh for about one week if kept at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. You can store the lemons in the refrigerator where they will keep for about four weeks.

4. Lemon juice can also be stored for later use. Place freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen. For more information read my article how & why you need to freeze lemons.

Lemon not only aids digestion, but is also one of the best foods to cleanse your liver and encourage the production of bile, allowing your liver to flush out toxins much easier. If you are interesting to learn more about how to cleanse and detoxify your, you can find more useful information in my e-book The Detox Guide. This e-book will teach you how to use detox to cleanse and energize your body:

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32 Responses to How to Use Lemon as a Medicine

  1. annebibi says:

    Lemon is a miraclous healer. Would like to know more

  2. Phumzile Goodness Ndlovu says:

    Lemon is doing miracles in my life

  3. zenaida says:

    love it.. how about falling hair how ti m to make strong. thank you.

  4. Christopher Allen Seckler says:

    very good thankyou

  5. lindy ryan says:

    I used to do a hot lemon drink 2 glasses every morning when I wake up. It helps me to have a good digestion everyday. Also hot honey drink in the daytime rather than coffee or tea.

  6. Karen says:

    Good information. I especially like #7

  7. Clara says:

    Love the tip for whitening your teeth. Much healther and cheaper than most whitening methods.

  8. haimanot says:

    nice info.

  9. Donna Martin says:

    All good info. It should be stated that lemon is alkaline when ingested.

  10. Muhammad Hussain says:

    Very valuable information.

  11. Jhing says:

    Im from uae. Where can i buy the chandra piedra herb. Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking, you can buy herbs and herbal supplements in herbal/health stores or online (such as Amazon). You will need to do your own research as to where you can get it in your country. Don’t forget to consult with your doctor before taking any supplement to make sure it does not interfere with other medications you take.

  12. Isah says:

    Thanks God for healing my breast problem that i suffered for how many years, three months after taking warm lemon every morning before meals.

  13. RAED says:

    I’ve been drinking warm lemon water for a week now. I noticed that I crave more instead of cutting down on cravings. I still have colds and my lower left part of the stomach, in line with the appendix, hurts. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve written in the past an article about the health benefits of drinking lemon water ( and as far as I am aware of it should not cause any pain. I don’t believe the pain is linked to the lemon water, but if you see that drinking lemon water doesn’t bring you any benefits, then probably the best idea would be not to consume it (although sometimes it may take more than one week to see results). If the pain continues, its best to see the doctor.

  14. anbu says:

    kindly post the complete details of useage of lemon for my weight loss up to 20kg

  15. asia abid says:

    It is really very useful information i like it very much

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  17. tata says:

    I tried drinking warm water and lemon in the morning and it works.

    Is there any way that lemon can help loss weight? How? Thanks.

  18. amy says:

    can lemon less the white hair?

  19. mufari.a.nyabereka says:

    Very useful information,thank you for sharing.

  20. Lawal Adekunle says:

    Is there anyone ever used lemon in water to lower blood pressure?

    • Cherokee says:

      Yes, I have. I have taken blood pressure medications for years and still was unable to get my hypertension under control. Then I began drinking warm lemon water every morning (while still taking my meds) about 30 minutes before breakfast. In no time my blood pressure began to come down and stabilized. My doctor was so surprised and happy but not as happy as me. I prefer to use fresh lemons but I keep pure organic bottled lemon juice on hand for the times when I don’t have fresh. I order Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lemon Juice from

  21. Cherokee says:

    You can add some honey to it to sweeten it a bit if you like.

  22. Claudia says:

    Are you sure that all positive changes are not just in your imagination? Because I drink fresh lemon juice in warm water every morning on empty stomach for 3 months now and I don’t feel better then before. The same irritable colon, the same cuperosic skin, the same nervosity etc.

    • Jenny says:

      Not every medication/treatment (natural or not natural) works for everyone and results vary between different people. There is no 100% success rate in any medication/treatment. There might be other underlying issues that contribute to the health situation of every person, and sometimes several measurements are needed rather than a single solution.

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