Soothing cold sore treatment

1 drop lemon oil
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil

  1. Put the sweet almond oil in a jar and add the lemon oil. Mix together.
  2. Use a cotton wool ball to apply the mixture to the cold sore as required.

General infection

Lemon oil has some degree of antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal action, mainly thanks to its limonene and antioxidants. The flavonoid hesperidin may help prevent serious infection.

Heal from the inside out

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

Coughs and colds

Colds, ’flu and sore throat

There is some scientific backing for the belief that taking at least 1g of vitamin C a day, starting from the first symptoms, reduces the likely length of a cold. However, it actually helps prevent colds only in people who undertake extreme exertion in cold weather (such as skiers). Also, since a lemon contains only around 60–100mg of vitamin C, you would need to consume a lot of lemons!

  • The flavonoids in lemons enhance the action of vitamin C. Also, some of them have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin, for example, has anti-viral properties.
  • The water in homemade lemonade helps replace fluid lost in sneezes, catarrh and – if you are feverish – sweat. Water makes catarrh moister and easier to shift, and helps prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches.
  • The decongestant vapour of lemon oil can shrink the swollen mucous membrane lining the air passages and Eustachian tubes. This eases breathing and discourages deafness.
  • Another benefit of lemons is that the bowel’s bacteria ferment their pectin. This releases butyric acid and other short-chain fatty acids with prebiotic qualities – meaning they nourish ‘good’ probiotic bowel bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. These, in turn, benefit our immunity.
  • A 2005 German study of 479 volunteers found that taking tablets containing lactobacilli and bifidobacteria reduced the severity of colds, shortened their length by two days and increased the number of immune cells.

Heal from the inside out

Drink 3–6 glasses of lemonade each day.
Add two or three cloves or a small pinch of dried cinnamon to each glass to ease a fever.

Regular treatment

Gargle with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water twice a day.

Quick fix

If you have gone deaf, put a few drops of lemon oil on a paper tissue and inhale its vapour.

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