When life gives you lemons, use them to cure joint pain!
You read that right! That extremely sour yet extremely flavorsome little fruit has immense medicinal properties, and when used rightly, can even cure joint pain! Read on to find out more about how lemons can help in getting rid of joint pains.
1 Going back in history
Initially, lemons were discovered to have medicinal properties when it was used onboard ships to cure sailors from scurvy, which was then a common disease amongst the sea-folk. Back in 1747, James Lind found that lemons and oranges were actually extremely effective at treating the disease, which we know was caused basically by a Vitamin C deficiency from being months at sea without any fresh produce.
No one, except for those who have an extreme sour fetish, consume lemons as a whole. But when used in small concentrated proportions, they add wonderful flavor to savory dishes and numerous desserts alike.
2 Nutritional properties of lemons
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one raw lemon, without peel (which is about 58 grams) provides 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrate (including 1.6 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of sugar). It also meets our 51% of daily vitamin C needs as well as small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.
One fluid ounce of lemon juice provides 7 calories, 0.1 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 2.1 grams of carbohydrate (including 0.1 grams of fiber and 0.1 grams of sugar) and about 23% of daily vitamin C needs.
3 Health benefits of lemons
Health benefits of lemons are many. They are helpful in reducing the risk of stroke, fighting cancer, maintaining a healthy complexion, beating asthma, increasing iron absorption, boosting the immune system. It also decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases and overall mortality. It also accounts for increased energy and helps in maintain overall lower weight.
4 So how do I use lemons to cure joint pain?
Most of the medicinal content of a lemon is contained within the peel of the lemon. Lemon peel has some powerful qualities and is a strong antiseptic that also helps fight fever. In fact, the essential oils found in lemon peel have been shown to reduce joint pain. These essential oils do this by relaxing the blood vessels and producing an anti-inflammatory effect that significantly reduces painful sensations.
Make use of organic lemons for better results, as they are the ones that are protected from pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
- Grate the peel/rind of the lemon such that you are left only with the colored zest, barring the bitter white pith.
- Rub the grated peel directly onto the affected part where you experience the joint pain.
- Wrap a bandage around the joint along with the peel. Keep it in place for around 2 hours.
This method requires some extra ingredients apart from lemons. Don’t worry you will only need extra virgin olive oil and eucalyptus leaves.
- Place the lemon peels of two lemons in a large jar with a lid. Fill the jar with olive oil such that the peel is submerged in oil.
- Add the eucalyptus leaves and allow the peel to soak for about two weeks.
- Apply a little amount of the prepared lemon olive ointment to the affected area and cover with a gauze. Allow it to soak into your skin overnight.
This remedy is a recipe for lemon tea. This not only relieves joint pain but also gives you added benefits like reducing inflammation and gas, being a natural detox agent. It also helps in regulating the pH of the blood, strengthening the immune system and preventing disease, lowering blood pressure, improving skin health by fighting excess oil, fighting bad breath, relieving tension and headaches.
You will require a liter of water, two lemon peels and the juice and honey. Pour the water into a pot and add the lemon peel. Bring them to a boil for 15 minutes, and then remove from heat and add the lemon juice and honey.
I am sure you were not aware of the amazing benefits of lemon, especially lemon peel. Now that you know, try it for sure and see your joint pain bidding you goodbye.