Muscle relaxer

3 drops lemon oil

2–3 drops ginger oil (an analgesic and local circulation booster)

3 tablespoons sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)

  1. Mix the oils together in a small bowl.
  2. Massage the affected muscles in a circular motion with the oil mixture.

Neuralgia

The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon juice may ease pain from an irritated nerve.

Regular treatment

Apply warmed lemon juice over the painful area and repeat each hour for half a day.

Quick fixes

Add 3 drops of lemon oil to 2 tablespoons of sweet almond or other carrier oil, and smooth over the affected area.

Add a few drops of lemon oil to the water in an aromatherapy diffuser, or put them in a bowl of just-boiled water and lean over it with a towel over your head, to inhale the vapour.

Piles

Piles are spongy pads in the walls of the anus (back passage) that have become bulky and loose. They readily become inflamed, and inflammation can cause discomfort, itching and bleeding. Causes include constipation and fragile veins. Lemons can help, as their vitamin C and rutin and certain other flavonoids strengthen veins; their fibre helps prevent constipation; and their anti-inflammatory antioxidants reduce inflammation.

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

Restlessness

Lemons might help, as they contain the flavonoid hesperidin. Hesperidin can act as a sedative, possibly via action on the body’s opioid or adenosine receptors.

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

Varicose veins

Lemons can act as a venous tonic as they have strengthening, astringent and anti-inflammatory effects on vein walls.

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

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