Relaxing bedtime massage

2–3 drops lemon essential oil

2–3 drops ylang ylang essential oil (antidepressant, confidence-boosting)

2–3 drops vetivert essential oil (sedative, comforting)

  1. Mix the oils together in a small bowl.
  2. Before going to bed, lie down, and put a few drops of the mixture on the palm of your hand.
  3. Relax, and move your hand around the outer margin of your abdomen in smooth, slow, clockwise circles.

Low immunity

Lemons contain vitamin C, which boosts immunity. In addition, their pectin fibre is degraded by ‘good’ microorganisms in the large bowel, liberating short-chain fatty acids, such as butyric acid. These aid immunity by stimulating the production of helper T cells, antibodies, white blood cells and cyto- kines. They also inhibit C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation.

Heal from the inside out

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

Metabolic syndrome

This is some combination (subject to debate) of high fasting blood glucose levels (pre-diabetes), high blood pressure, an apple-shaped body, low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides. It encourages diabetes, heart disease and strokes, affects one in five people, and is also known as insulin resistance syndrome or syndrome X. It’s more likely with increasing age and can be associated with polycystic ovary syndrome. Most sufferers are sedentary, obese and insulinresistant. Researchers suspect that inflammation and oxidation play a part. Certainly, affected people are more likely to have a high level of C-reactive protein, indicating inflammation.

Lemon antioxidants and acids may help to prevent prediabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and unhealthy levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Heal from the inside out

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


Faints, or dizziness warning of them, can indicate that brain cells lack energy because the blood sugar is low. The acidity and fibre content of lemons slows the absorption of sugar from the gut. This helps prevent blood sugar rising too high then dipping too low. Lemon juice may particularly help those who lack stomach acid (such as one in two over-60s, and certain people who are stressed) and are also ‘fast oxidizers’ of sugar. Fast oxidizers quickly use up the readily available sugar in their blood, so feel hungry and, perhaps, faint soon after eating. Acidic foods, like stomach acid, promote protein digestion. This enables such people to get energy from protein, so they are less likely to faint.

Heal from the inside out

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


Lemons supply small amounts of B vitamins, which can ease fatigue. Their fibre slows the absorption of sugar, which steadies blood-sugar levels and helps prevent low-bloodsugar dips, which can trigger fatigue.

Lemon acids could reduce tiredness associated with poor absorption of protein and certain other nutrients due to a lack of stomach acid. Low stomach acid is more likely with ageing, stress, prolonged use of acid- suppressant medication and a diet high in meat, grain, sugar and carbonated drinks (which produce acid in the body) but low in vegetables and fruits. A lemon’s acidity could aid digestion by lowering the pH of the stomach. What’s more, some alternative practitioners say, though without proof, that a deficiency in sodium from fruits and vegetables encourages the body to divert sodium from stomach-acid-producing cells so it’s available to ‘partner’ acids in the urine. They say this could prevent the proper production of stomach acid. The sodium from lemons, though present in very small amounts, could help.

Heal from the inside out

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

Muscle stiffness

Pain and stiffness experienced after exercise might respond to anti- inflammatories such as nobiletin in lemon oil.

Quick fix

Put 1 teaspoon of lemon oil in your bathwater and relax for half an hour.

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