Considering that we've now entered the season of spring following yesterday's celebration of Ostara I decided it was time to update my banner for the Weekly Herb and give it a little more green. While we're on the topic of green I'm going to start of this week's herbology by writing about something that is not green, and not even an herb. This week I'm going to write about one of my favourite energy cleansers, the lemon.
The Lemon was first cultivated around approximately 200 A.D. in southern Italy. In the late 13th century the lemon had reached China and by the mid 18th century the lemon had travelled half way around the world to the United States. Theophrastus, an author in ancient Greece greatly expanded Greek knowledge of the territories then known as Media and Persia. Consequently in his writings he discussed how the citron (lemon or citrus fruit), was believed to be both an antidote to poison and was also used as a sort of ancient mouthwash due its breath "sweetening" qualities.
Lemons contain a natural acid which is both anti-bacterial and is believed to fight the gut bacteria known as h-pylori that is believed to cause stomach ulcers. Due to the h-pylori fighting qualities, lemon juice helps with digestion. Lemon also contains pectin fibres which are especially helpful in maintaing the health of your colon. As a citrus fruit, the lemon is also believed to be beneficial in fighting of the seasonal cold.
Cleanser (of negative energies) & Purifying
History and the Development of the Citrus Industry -University of California
Lemon -Purdue University
Health Benefits of Lemons -Dr. Oz16 Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water -Foodmatters.com