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Citrus - Lemons and Limes

     The Home of the Lemon was southeastern Asia before it migrated throughout the world, being brought to the Mediterranean about 1000 A.D. by the Arabs.  The Arabs loved the Lemon and used it then and now in many of their national dishes.  It was an indispensable item in their cuisine.  Originally the Lemon was a medicine rather than a food.  It's peel and juice are cooling and are mentioned by Pliny the Elder (the great Roman naturalist) as being used by pregnant women "to stay the flux and the vomit."  To those who are inclined to morning sickness, suck on a Lemon before  getting out of bed or drink Lemon juice and water.  Lemon juice and water is used by fasters and dieters.  The Lemon has been used in many types of intestinal  disorders, to stop bleeding from wounds and as a source of Vitamin C.  The pectin in Lemon is an important ingredient in jellies.

     Lemon is a natural bleach.  If you make a thick decoction of Lemon, Camomile and Marigold and apply it to your hair as a pack and sit in the sun for a few hours you can bring golden highlights to dark hair and turn mousey brown hair a golden blond.  The Lemon acts as a bleach and the Camomile and Marigold give color.

     Lemon is also a natural for the arms and hands.  Mixed with oil and used regularly it will protect detergent or roughened hands and the Lemon skins rubbed on elbows will bleach them slightly.

     Lemon rind oil, natural and synthetic, is used in perfumery to scent products that range from perfumes to toilet bowls.  Lemon blossom oils, as far as I can determine, are rarely if ever used in perfumery.


 Lemon Hand Cream


Almond Oil


Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

Lemon oil

To Make:

     Squeeze a Lemon and strain through cheesecloth.  Pour the juice into a measuring cup and add an equal amount of Almond oil.  In a small butter melting pot put a thin piece of beeswax.  I use approximately 1 teaspoon beeswax for every 3 oz. of cream, this amounts to a thin sheet about an inch square.  Add to the pot a bit of the Almond oil that has collected above the Lemon juice in the measuring cup.  Heat over a medium fire, gently shaking the pot, about 30 seconds or more.  Take the pot on and off the fire so that the wax melts but does not burn.  Add the rest of the contents of the measuring cup.  Heat, shake, and stir with a wooden spoon until the wax has completely melted.  Remove from the fire.  Stir until cool with the wooden spoon.  Add one drop of Lemon oil for every oz. of cream.  Give it another stir and transfer to a cream jar or bottle.  Cap it.  Now shake it every few minutes until the cream is completely cold.

To use:

Rub a little bit on hands or body whenever necessary.


This cream is excellent to soften and smooth rough hands.  The oil is an emollient, the Lemon is a protectant and texturizer.


Lemon Hand Cream is so easy to make (and so lengthy to describe) but takes less than 5 minutes, so only make one Lemon's worth at a time.  Your measurements then will probably be 1 1/2 oz. Lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz. Almond oil, 1 tsp. beeswax, and 3 drops Lemon oil.

bookmark         - From "Kitchen Cosmetics" by Jeanne Rose


Bruise Juice

     During my early research, I found in an old herbal, Receipts in Physick and Chirurgery, by Sir Kenelm Digby, 1668, a recipe called "A most precious Ointment for all manner of Aches and Bruises; and also for the Redness of Face."  I proceeded to make this ointment according to the original formula and then made it twice again, slightly enlarging and improving on the formula.  It really is a most precious ointment.  We have used it to relieve the pain of sunburn (and if used throughout the day, even if you skin is fair, it usually prevents sunburn and peeling).  We have used it on bruises to make them heal and disappear more quickly and on all the myriad little wounds, cuts, cat scratches and hurts that a child gets during a day.  We have used it to cure more quickly a bad case of poison oak, and have even heated it as a massage cream for sore aching muscles.

     It is a very handy all-purpose medicine to have in the house.  When applied externally, pain immediately disappears and the healing process seems to be hastened.


Take 2 handfuls each of the fresh botanicals, or 1 handful each of the dried.*



alfalfa leaf

balm (lemon balm leaf)

bay leaf


birch bark

camomile flowers

clary sage

cowslip flower and leaf

dill seed

elder flower



Jerusalem oak seed


lemon peel


marigold flower


mint leaf (spearmint)


myrtle berries




peony leaf and root



rose leaf





sesame seed



St. Johnswort



violet flower

white mint (peppermint)

white pond lily root

white willow bark



         If the botanicals are fresh, stamp them all individually in a stone mortar and cover with a layer of olive oil.  When you have gathered all ingredients together, put them into a large enamel pan.  Cover them with a thin layer of olive oil (about 2 quarts of oil altogether; you can substitute any other oil or lard for the olive) and add 1 quart of May Wine or any other dry white wine.  Cover the pot and simmer gently for 1-3 hours or until the wine has evaporated.  DO NOT LET THE HERBS BOIL.  Strain through a coarse strainer, then a sieve, then through 3 layers of cheesecloth.  This process of straining will take a little time.  Finally put it into a clean glass container and let it quietly settle for a couple of weeks.  Now decant the clear, beautiful, green oil and throw the dregs away.  This all takes time but you will be very satisfied with the result, and this amount of oil will last for a year or more.

*A handful of fresh herbs is about a foot's length of branches or twigs, approximately the amount that you can enclose in your hand.  They should be cut into 1-inch long pieces.  A handful of dried herbs is about 1/3 to 1/2 cupful, depending on the size of your hand.

- From "Herbs & Things - Jeanne Rose's Herbal"   


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