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Lemons are excellent source of vitamin C and invaluable in cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism, and scurvy.

They are also useful in fevers and liver complaints. The juice of one lemon taken in a little hot water removes dizzy feelings in the head. The juice of a lemon in hot water may be taken night and morning with advantage by sufferers from rheumatism. It is recommended that the juice of one lemon mixed with an equal proportion of hot water, to be taken pretty frequently, in cases of rheumatic fever.

Fresh lemon juice will alleviate the pain of cancerous ulceration of the tongue and kills the diphtheria bacillus, and advises a gargle of diluted lemon juice to diphtheria patients. Lemon juice is also an excellent gargle for sore throat and for nervous palpitation of the heart.

Lemon juice rubbed on to corns will eventually do away with them, and if applied to unbroken chilblains will affect a cure.

Lemon juice is also an old remedy for the removal of freckles and blackheads from the face. It should be rubbed in at bedtime, after washing with warm water.

Traditionally, a drink of lemon juice, hot water and a teaspoon of honey have been used as a remedy for colds and also help to reduce obesity.

Orange possesses most of the virtues of the lemon, but in a modified form. But it has the advantage of being more palatable.

Oranges are excellent source of vitamin C that helps to make collagen, which is essential for healthy skin and also helps to keep the body’s defenses against bacterial infections.

The juice of oranges has been observed to exert such a beneficial influence on the blood as to prevent and cure influenza. Taken freely while the attack is on they seemingly prevent the pneumonia that so often follows. By far the quickest way to overcome influenza is to subsist solely on oranges for three or four days. Hot distilled water may be taken in addition.

The peel of the bitter Seville orange is an excellent tonic and remedy in cases of malaria and ague.

The orange is used with great success for consumptive patients, for chest affections of all kinds, for asthma, and some stomach complaints. Oranges are taken freely at every meal.

However, some people are allergic to citrus fruits and may develop rashes on skin.

Pineapple is a useful source of vitamin C and it provide little in the way of other vitamins, minerals and enzyme called brome lain which breaks down proteins. Traditionally fresh pine apple is used to treat a variety of problems. Gargling with the juice is useful for sore throats and eating pine apple is useful for disorders such as catarrh, arthritis, bronchitis and indigestion.

Pineapple juice is the specific for diphtheria. This seems to have been first brought to the notice of Europeans by the fact that Negroes living round about the swamps of Louisiana were observed to use it with great success a report says: "The patient should be forced to swallow the juice. This fluid is of so pungent and corrosive a nature that it cuts out the diphtheria mucous and causes it to disappear."


Sliced pineapples, laid in pure honey for a day or two, when used in moderation, will relieve the human being from chronic impaction of the bowels, reestablish peristaltic motion, and induce perfect digestion. This is because fresh pineapple juice has been found to act upon animal food in very much the same way that the gastric juice acts within the stomach. But vegetarians should eat fresh fruit at the beginning of meals rather than at the end.

Tinned or cooked pineapple is useless for curative purposes.

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