citrus limonum

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citrus limonum
Citrus aurantifolia (Christm. Swing var. Mexican.

Other common names.

Creole lemon, lemon tart, Limonero.

Botanical family.



Tree with a short, sharp thorns on the branches. Leaves alternate, relatively small compared with other citrus (5 - 7 cm in length) and petioles closely with winged, aromatic. Flowers in groups of 2 - 7 in the armpit of the leaves, very aromatic white. With a small occasional Frutos apical papilla, thin crust and smooth; juice endocarp acid.


Probably Indo - Malay archipelago, from where he was taken to India to spread throughout the old world. Introduced in America since the early voyages of Columbus.


It grows in thickets of spontaneously near coasts and in the interior areas of low and medium elevation. Cultivated by the people mostly in rural areas.

Useful part.

Peel the fruit and leaves.

Form collection.

Tear the bark of the mature fruit, use fresh or dry to dry, cool place to hang in the shade. In the case of leaves, taking it well developed, healthy and clean, preferably in the morning hours.

Medicinal properties recognized.

System: Pharmacological Action:

Cardio - circulatory Protector of small vessels.

Digestive antispasmodic.

Genito - urinary Diuretic.

Antifungal skin and mucosa.


Route of administration.

Oral, topical.

Other properties attributed.

Even unapproved)

The juice of the fruits or the infusion of leaves or bark of the fruit, orally, for colds and constipation in general. Lemon juice, in topical application to heal wounds, herpes and other diseases of the skin. The seeds are boiled in milk cow as vermicida.


The essential oil, or parts of the plant containing it, may cause dermatitis. Do not expose to the sun parts treated with products of this plant. Not to use topically for over 3 weeks.

Other Uses.

Fruit juice for soft drinks, seasonings and food mixed with an equal amount of glycerin to soften the skin. Dissolved in water to rinse the hair and keep them shiny and defatted. Ac. essential useful in pharmaceutical, perfume and for citric acid.


Husk of the fruit: Essential oil with d - limonene, phellandrene, citronelal and other substances in smaller proportions. Juice: citric acid, malic, acetic and formic, the glucoside hesperidin, pectin and various vitamins, primarily C.


For the lemon "FROST - Eureka" to use as a pattern Citrus macrophylla. Transplanting to stances of the bags when they are about 10 cm. tall. Grafting when a height of 40 cm. stalks reach 5 Mm. or more in diameter (graft gusset normal) Transplanting to the field after 3 - 4 months performed the graft. Using distances of 4x6, 4x8, 6x8 or 9x5 meters.

Preparation and Dosage.

Decoction: Boil for 5 minutes 5 - 12 g of fresh leaves or bark of fruit. Ingesting 300 - 500 ml per day in 2 - 3 divided doses. The same decoction is applied locally to the affected parties 2 - 3 times a day.

Bibliographic references.

Manfred, L. Seven thousand recipes based on 1300 botanical medicinal plants. Buenos Aires: Ed. Kier, 1947, 778p.

CIBA - GEIGY. The Citrus. Basel, 1975. 88p.

CEMAT, Limon. Guatemala: Center for Mesoamerican studies on appropriate technology. Fact sheets on medicinal plants, 3 Series, no. 9, 1st. Ed. January 1979.

Hlava, B. F. Pospisil and F. Stary. Plants for natural beauty care. Prague: Ed. Artia, 1981. 236p.

Frómeta, E. E. Torres and R. Jimenez. Algunas recommendations on the lemon fitotécnicas "FROST - Eureka. " Havana: Est. Nat. Improvement of citrus. 1982, 43p.

Duraffourd, C. L. D. Hervicourt and J. C. Lapraz. Monographs of herbal medicine clinic. Barcelona: Ed. Masson, 1986. 86p.

Reynolds, J. E. F. Editor) Martindale: The Extra Pharmacopoeia. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1989, 1896p.

Robineau, L. Towards a Caribbean pharmacopoeia. Sto. Sunday: enda - caribe / UNAH, 1991, 475p.

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