Lemon – Purpose – Guardian of Fruit Trees (Knight of Cups)
Genus: Citrus – Family: Rutaceae
Lemon signals a time of purpose, action and clarity. This is a time of making our dreams a reality with clarity and action.
Citrus limon, is a small evergreen tree that produces the bright yellow fruit known as lemons. Lemons are a multi-purpose powerhouse valued for its refreshing juice, medicinal benefits and cleansing qualities.
Lemons are the result of millions of years of crossbreeding between: citron, pomelo, papeda and mandarin, all native to Asia and India. Lemons are a hybrid between bitter orange and citron first cultivated in Burma. Lemons were introduced to Persians (Iraq) around 700 CE. Lemons were first recorded in an Arabic book on farming because they were the first culture to take the hybridizing of lemons and limes seriously. The word “lemon” comes from the Persian word limun.
Persian limes, Citrus latifolia, are first cousins to the lemon. Lemons and limes complement each other and are often use together, especially in beverages. Lemons grew in popularity throughout the Arab world before spreading to the Mediterranean. Christopher Columbus was the first person to bring lemon seeds to the “New World” where they were cultivated as an ornamental plant with medicinal benefits.
Lemons are a multi-purpose fruit whose benefits we are still discovering. Lemon juice is used to make refreshing drinks and cocktails along with being a tenderizing agent and preservative. Lemons and lemon zest (rind of lemon) are popular ingredients for sauces, salad dressings, desserts and other dishes. Whole lemons are used to make marmalade, lemon curd and lemon liquor.
The health benefits of lemon continue to grow beyond being an excellent source of vitamin C. Lemons help to alkalize our pH levels, lower cholesterol, boost liver function and increase metabolism. The citric acid in lemon juice is used to remove grease and stains. It is a natural deodorizer that also works as a disinfectant. The oil from the lemon peel is used a wood cleaner and polish as well as a nontoxic solution for insect spray. Lemon essential oil works as a calming agent to help us relax and clear our minds.
Message: As the saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Lemon’s purpose is to help us realize the brighter side of life by clearing our diets and minds of unhealthy habits and our homes of clutter and grime. By incorporating lemons into our daily routine, we can increase our vibrancy in all areas. We are being encouraged to find clarity and purpose by cleaning and clearing our personal spaces at home, at work and within us.
Challenge: Surrounded by clutter and feeling unmotivated to clean and clear the space around us. Sensing that heavy emotions or energy are present or have been left behind.