Lemon

Lemon (Ning Meng)

Lemon (Ning Meng)

Botanical Name: Citrus limonum.

Lemons have been used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. They have been used as medicine, cosmetics, and to detoxify, as well as to charge simple batteries.

Below is an overview of lemon, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of lemon.

Want to Find Out More about Lemon?

Take full advantage of the healing power of Lemon (Ning Meng). What does Lemon treat? Find out what you DON’T know about how and why Lemon works. Find Out More…

Find Out More!

Take full advantage of the healing powers of herbs! What do they treat? How can they be used? Get an Eastern and Western perspective about how and why healing herbs works. Get recipes, gardening tips, insights, and much, much more.

Western

Western Name: Lemon

Also Known As: N/A

Organs/Systems: Stomach, Liver, Skin, Immunity, Nerves

Key Actions: Antibacterial, Antiviral, Immune Enhancing, Mild Bleach, Detoxing, Cleansing, Antioxidant.

Medicinal Uses: Prevent colds, flu. Ease sore throat, lighten skin, acne, aid digestion, liver cleansing, restore bodies natural pH, constipation, indigestion, aid weight loss, parasites, asthma, canker sores, bad breath, lower fever, toothaches, energize, nausea, vomiting, varicose veins, osteoporosis, insomnia, headaches.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Ning Meng

Also Known As: N/A

Meridians: Liver, Gall Bladder, Stomach, Lung

Key Actions: Clears Heat, Clears Toxicity, Cools Liver, Promotes Cleansing, Softens Nodules, Removes Stagnation, Supports Spleen Qi

Medicinal Uses: Infections, fever, skin eruptions, tonsillitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, scurvy, parasites, bleeding gums, heartburn, ulcers, malaria, typhoid fever, arthritis, gout, blemishes, high blood fat and cholesterol, urinary and biliary phosphorous stones, cellulite, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, thrombosis, blood in saliva, sinuses, diarrhea, dysentery, increase appetite, fatigue, slow digestion, shortness of breath, mineral deficiency.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Small evergreen tree with ellipsoidal yellow fruit. Flowers are white with a strong fragrance. On a healthy tree, the flowers and fruit appear at the same time.

Native to Asia, lemon trees are more sensitive to cold than any other citrus tree. They need to be protected from frost and prefer full sunlight along with well drained, slightly acidic soil. They require deep watering once a week.

Lemon (Ning Meng)Parts Most Frequently Used: Juice, Rind (Zest), Pulp, Leaf

Flavors/Temps: Very Sour, Slightly Sweet, Astringent, Cooling

Caution: Considered very safe.

History/Folklore: It is the citric acid content of lemons that gives them their sour taste. They are thought to have first been grown in Assam, a region in northeastern India, northern Burma, and China. Geneticists state that lemon is a hybrid between bitter orange and citron.

Many cultures have used lemon. They were known to the Jews of Jerusalem, who pelted a high priest with them in the 90s BC. They entered Europe near southern Italy during the Roman Empire, no later than the first century AD. They were later introduced to Persia, Iraq, and Egypt around 700 AD.

Lemons were first recorded in literature in a 10th century Arabic treatise on farming and used as an ornamental plant in Islamic gardens. The first cultivation of lemons in Europe began in Genoa in the middle of the 15th century. Christopher Columbus brought the plant to the Americas as an ornamental and medicinal plant. In 1747, James Lind showed that seamen suffering from scurvy did better when lemon juice was added to their diets, though Vitamin C was not yet known.

Ancient Egyptians believed eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and recent research confirms some of this as being true. Lemons were also used in embalming.  In Mesopotamia citrons were propagated for their beauty and aroma, as they flowered throughout the year.

Traditionally the lemon julep was a drink for cooling and thirst quenching. The fruit’s acids help break up nodules. To quote Maud Grieve’s Herbal, “Locally it is a good astringent, whether as a gargle in sore throat, in pruritus of the scrotum, in uterine hemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn.”

Currently, lemon has many uses in the modern world. Lemon juice is often used for cleaning. A lemon wedge dipped in salt or baking powder can brighten copper cookware. It is also known for sanitizing, deodorizing, bleaching stains, and removing grease. The oil of lemon peel is used as a wood cleaner.

Want Lemon (Ning Meng)?

Here are some options…

Key Constituents:

5-6% Citric Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids, Pectin, Limonene
Did you know?

Short Term Preservative

Lemon juice is used as a short term preservative on certain foods that tend to oxidize or turn brown after being sliced (for example, apples, avocados, and bananas).

Facts

Invisible Ink

Lemon juice can be used as a simple invisible ink, made visible by heat.

Fun fact!

Counting Bills

A halved lemon is used as a finger moistener for bank tellers and cashiers that count large numbers of bills.

FREE Trial!

Get a NEW Healing Herb Fact Sheet each week!

Sign up for immediate access to your first Healing Herb Fact Sheet and a one month free trial. Find out for yourself why over 50,000 people have already signed up.

Sign Up Now

Choose the Right Herbs for You!

Take FULL Advantage of the Healing Powers of Herbs!

Our Healing Herb Library is a collection of How to Use Herb Health Sessions that guide you through individual herbs, helping you to take full advantage of each herb’s unique healing powers.

Learn More

Flower Your World with Healing Herb Fact Sheets!

Get 300+ Fact Sheets,
Right Now!

Get IMMEDIATE access to Our Complete Collection of 6 eBook Volumes containing 300+ Healing Herb Fact Sheets.

Learn More

Want to Learn More?

Join us for FREE to receive Special Offers and updates about our upcoming courses, FREE materials and more.
 
Join, FREE!

Disclosure: If you purchase from some links on this web page, we may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, we only ever mention products we would recommend whether we were being compensated or not. Thank you so much for your support of White Rabbit Institute of Healing!

ATTENTION: All material provided on this website is for informational or educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your healthcare professional or physician. Redistribution permitted with attribution. Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be Whole. Be Free.

ATENCIÓN: Todo el material proporcionado en este sitio web es sólo con fines informativos o educativos. No es sustituto del consejo de su profesional de la salud o médico. Esté sano. Sea feliz. Siéntase completo. Sea libre.

Health Break: Detox, Strengthen & Cleanse

Join our next 30-Day “Love Your Liver” Detox Challenge!

A Health Boost and Reset to Balance Body, Mind, & Spirit Using Traditional Chinese Medicine. You'll also recieve our Free Healing Herb Fact Sheets and latest news. Your privacy is guaranteed.

Thank you, you have joined our wait list! We'll let you know when our next 30-Day “Love Your Liver” Detox Challenge is open.

Healing Herb Fact Sheets

Download. Print. Share.

Complete the form below for immediate access to ALL our Herb Fact Sheets.

Thank you for joining us! Please check your email for details on how to access our free Healing Herb Fact Sheets. Be sure to check your spam folder and promotions tab if you have one.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This