The lemon is connected to so many popular uses in the Spanish popular medicine that one can actually come across entire books written on its remedial and beneficial properties. The lemon has an alkaline effect in the human body, despite the high acid content, once it has been sufficiently digested in the stomach it tends to alkalinize. This property of the plant makes it very effective and useful in the treatment of rheumatic conditions involving acidity as one of the contributory factors in the genesis of the disorder. The antiseptic property of the volatile oil and its bactericidal effects are also useful in the treatment of many disease states affecting the body. Compounds called bioflavonoids in the lemon help in strengthening the inner lining of all the blood vessels; this action is particularly beneficial with respect to the veins and capillaries. The lemon also helps alleviate varicose veins and stops easy bruising of the skin. The value of the remedy made from lemon lies in its preventive action inside the body. The cleansing and antiseptic actions of the lemon make is effective in the treatment of arteriosclerosis, and also comes in great use when dealing with all kinds of infections and fevers - particularly the problems that affect the stomach, the liver, and the large and small intestines. Circulatory disorders of all kinds and bleeding gums are also alleviated by its ability to strengthen blood vessel walls - it is a general purpose medicine where problems of the circulatory system are concerned. Many chronic illnesses can also be treated by the general tonic effects of the lemon. The lemon is generally healthy food that can help a person maintain general good health and wholeness. Weakened capillaries, varicose veins and arteriosclerosis are treated using the whole fruit and the pith in particular. Drinking lemon juice is very good for treating common colds and the flu, it is also helpful in dealing with scarlet fever, and chest infections of all kinds. The lemon acts as a general tonic for the liver and pancreas as well, regular consumption results in improved appetite which also eases the acidity in the stomach, helping a person deal better with ulcers, with arthritis, with the physical symptoms of gout, as well as chronic rheumatism. Lemon juice used as a gargle or oral wash also helps bring relief from sore throats, and can help alleviate gingivitis, as well as canker sores in the person. The application of lemon juice on the body directly can help eliminate persistent acne, it can bring relief from athlete's foot, it can treat chilblains, and is also useful for dealing with stings and bites of insects, as well as ringworm, sunburn, and warts on the skin.
Lemon trees are believed to be native to the Indian sub-continent. Europeans were introduced to the lemon only in the 2nd century AD; the lemon is by now a major cultivated fruit tree in all Mediterranean and subtropical climates around the world. The lemon is propagated from stored seeds in the spring time. Plants grow optimally on well drained soils with good exposure to incumbent sunlight. The vitamin C content in the fruit is the highest in the winter, and it is best harvested at this time to get good quality fruits.
Organically grown lemons are stripped of their skins and the rinds are cold-pressed to extract lemon oil. A kilo of lemon oil is extracted from about three thousand lemon rinds. Some principal chemical compounds found in the lemon rind are the compound limonene, as well as gamma-terpinene, the compound called beta-pinene, the compound called alpha-pinene and the sabinene compound. The meningococcus bacteria is killed off within fifteen minutes by the vaporized lemon essence, the typhoid bacilli takes just an hour to be eliminated in this treatment, in two hours the Staphylococcus aureus strain can be defeated using the essence, while the Pneumococcus bacterial strain will die off within three hours of use. As little as a 0.2 percent solution made of the lemon oil will result in the elimination of the diphtheria bacterial strain in twenty minutes. This same dilute solution also acts to permanently inactivate the tuberculosis bacterial strain. The strong anti-septic like properties of the lemon oil is one well researched effect. Lemon also contains classes of compounds that are being investigated for their immune function in the laboratory. Various types of digestive problems, soreness in the throat, persistent anxiety, blood pressure problems, digestive and different types of respiratory infections may also be beneficially treated using the remedies made from the lemon. The lemon based remedy aids the formation and development of leukocytes in the blood, it helps improve and boost the memory, it actively strengthens nails, and also induces a sense of well being in the person, while having a cleansing effect on the skin. At the same time, anti-depressant effects induced by the lemon oil have also been observed in human trials under clinical test conditions. The therapeutic grade essential oil of lemon has a great potency, and there are no known virus or bacterial agent which can live in the presence of this oil for any length of time - not a single strain or viral particle capable of resisting this oil has been found to date. Viruses often mutate and develop immunity to any class of antibiotics; however, no virus has been able to breach the potency of the essential oils present in the lemon. Hospitals in Europe and England made extensive use of the lemon oil and it is still diffused these days as well. One very unique blend of the essential oils was placed under clinical trials at Weber State University, in order to gauge the potency of the antimicrobial actions; the results astounded the researchers as the kill rate of the oil was 99.96 percent against common airborne bacterial pathogens.
The egg yolk and lemon face mask is suitable for all skin types and the two ingredients required to prepare this recipe include: