Did you know that lemon has multiple therapeutic virtues, and that it was notably recognized as a very good anti-infectious? Its antiviral and antibacterial properties make this fruit a very effective natural remedy for sore throats and angina.
The lemon that has always healed
Originally from China and India, lemon was very early considered as a kind of vegetal gold capable of healing.
As early as Antiquity, the Egyptians used it as an antidote against various poisons.
The Romans sought it for its medicinal properties which they considered miraculous.
In the Middle Ages, it was distributed on boats against scurvy.
But it was not until the 20th century that its richness in vitamin C, which contributes to largely strengthen the immune system, and its antibacterial and antiviral properties which give it its virtues to cure many diseases.
My lemon anti sore throat!
As you have understood, the lemon is therefore an excellent antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral: nothing better to treat a sore throat, and especially nothing simpler as a treatment (who doesn’t have a lemon in his house!).
It all starts simply with a squeezed lemon juice!
Once you have squeezed your lemon and obtained the juice, several possibilities are available to you :
- Cocktail version: you mix this juice with a tablespoon of honey (because let’s not forget that honey is also an excellent antiseptic!) and you add ice cubes. Then drink this iced drink through a straw so that an icy trickle of lemon flows gently down your throat.
- Gargle version, a little less glamorous, I agree: dilute the freshly squeezed lemon juice in ½ glass of lukewarm water and add 1 teaspoon of coarse grey sea salt (it is the most natural and richest in minerals). Gargle the back of the throat and pharynx 3 or 4 times a day, making it last long enough for the lemon to work. Then spit it out.
- Slightly less barbaric gargle version: If you don’t like salt water, heat the lemon juice with a touch of honey (be careful, not too hot, as the antiseptic effects of honey are inhibited above 40°C, it would be a pity). Make a gargle with this mixture for at least 2 minutes and spit it out.
If you do not have lemon at home, but you are a fan of essential oils, do not hesitate to use lemon essential oil: dilute 2 drops of lemon essential oil in a teaspoon of honey, add ½ glass of water and mix. Make a gargle with this mixture before spitting.
How to choose my lemons?
The lemons “Bio” not to be confused with lemons “untreated after harvest”.
Of course, it is advisable to choose, as far as possible, lemons from organic farming. Indeed, even if the peel protects the flesh in part, residues of pesticides, insecticides and chemical fungicides can still be found in the pulp.
However, be careful to decode the label: “Organic” means “free of all pesticides, fungicides and coating wax”, while “Untreated post-harvest” means that the lemons have not been treated with fungicides and wax after harvest, but this does not mean that they have not been treated with pesticides or insecticides before they are harvested.
How to choose the best lemons
Locate lemons with thin, smooth, shiny, bright yellow rind. Avoid lemons with thick, rough skin, which generally contain less flesh (and therefore less juice).
Feel them: they should be firm and heavy to hold.
Be aware that green spots often indicate a higher moisture content.