A friend of mine, who often surprises me, sent an e-mail about the amazing health benefits of drinking lemon water.  I have read articles in which the lemon seems to be a highly discussed fruit.  Tom’s coverage referred to lemons from the trees in the yards of neighbors and what could be called “organically grown” fruit which hasn’t been sprayed by 5,000 chemicals.

Like me, Tom remembered his parents taking lemon in their tea.  My mother always gave me lemon water when I had a sore throat, and many people I know are having lemon with water at restaurants with their meals.  They feel it’s healthier than coffee.

As nurse Ann Heustad says, “When life gives you a lemon…squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.”

Jethro Kloss’ book Back to Eden recommends, “The medicinal value of the lemon is as follows:  it is an antiseptic, or is an agent that prevents sepsis (the presence of pathogenic bacteria) or putrefaction (decomposition of tissue).  It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which will prevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities.  Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptons of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved.  By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently, thus controlling constipation and diarrhea.”  The book is a gem and contains page after page of the plus factor of the lemon.

Some lemons, as they point out, are sweeter than others.  A rule of thumb for selecting a lemon that is both sweet and high in mineral content, is to pick one that has a high specific gravity measurement and is heavy for its size.  By comparing equal-sized fruit, the one with the greatest weight will have the most mineral content and sugar.  A thick skinned lemon won’t be as heavy as a thick skinned lemon and won’t have the desired sweetness or mineral content.  The method that “people in the know” use is to check the two ends on the lemon.  One end has a point where the blossom started to grow; the other end has a stem or a dimple where the steam used to be located.  On the stem end of a highly mineralized, sweet lemon, you’ll see little lines radiating out of the stem like sunbeams.  These little lines can look like a star-shaped structure and is called a calyx.  The calyx may have three, four, five or more points to the star.  The greater number of points on the calyx, the higher the mineral content of the lemon.

If you’re in good health, weigh less than 150 pounds,  then squeeze the juice of one half a lemon (1 oz.) into a glass of purified water, and drink the mixture twice a day (i.e. one lemon a day).  If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze the juice of an entire lemon (2 oz.) into a glass of purified water and drink the mixture twice a day (2 whole lemons a day).  The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.

It’s back to basics, and the value of our mutual dedication to planetary health and wellness through simple healthful remedies.