Latin Name: Citrus limon
English Name: Lemon
Sanskrit / Indian Name: Nimbaka
A spinescent tree up to 6 m in height.
The juice is a rich source of vitamin C. It protects the skin from oxidative damage and helps in preventing pruritus. Lemon peel is stomachic and carminative. Oil of lemon is stimulant and rubefacient when applied externally.
Lemon juice is one of the best remedies for scurvy and serves as a refrigerant in febrile and inflammatory affections, acute rheumatism, dysentery and diarrhea. The juice diluted with water is used as a collyrium. The juice also possesses bactericidal property. Lemon peel is used in cosmetics, as a hair-rinse and mouth-freshener. It possesses insect repellant property.