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citron The lemon tree grows spontaneously at feet of Indian Himalaya and in the North of the peninsula Indo-Chinese. From India to China the lemon is cultivated since millenniums while it is only with the conquests of Alexander the Great in the IVes before J.C who Europe begins to discover it...

The lemon medicinal fruit enjoyed a big reputation at the former Latin, Greek and Arabic doctors. And today the scientific analyses demonstrate that it contains some citric, malic acid, citrate of potassium and calcium, carbohydrates, sugars of the pectic materials, the mucilage, the mineral salts, the trace elements (calcium, iron, silica, phosphor, manganese, copper) and vitamins (especially B, A, C, PP). Of the zest is extracted by expression an antiseptic oil.

The lemon is used in cooking, in juice, in decoction, in application, and essential oil. Some of its virtues would be: antihemorrhagic, antirheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, bactericid, dépurative, diuretic, febrifuge, remineralizing, tonic, vermifuge...

IMPORTANT: AGAINST GENERALLY ACCEPTED IDEAS: the lemon behaves as a BASE in the body and not as an ACID! Famous Doctor Valnet ( 1920-1995 ) who practised the forensic medecine, the psychiatry, the microbiology and the hygiene, the colonial medicine and the occupational medicine indicates to us: " on the acidity of the lemon: it seems surprising to read that the lemon is an alcalinisant and a gastric anti-acid. The works of Rancoule, Labbé treated with it. The acid flavour does not imply, indeed that the lemon is acid for the body because the taste is due to organic acids which do not stay in the state of acids in cells. Experiments proved that the prolonged usage of the lemon entails, in the body, the production of carbonate of potassium hydroxide allowing to neutralize the excess of acidity of the humoral environment… "

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