The Master Cleanse is a perfect expression of lifestyle simplicity. You need only three basic ingredients plus water for the lemonade, salt for the intestinal flush and a laxative herbal tea. That's it. You will not eat anything else until you break the fast with some orange juice and, later, vegetable soup broth. Each ingredient forms an essential part of the Cleanse, and because this is all that will pass your lips for at least ten days, make sure you get the finest quality ingredients you can. You owe yourself nothing less.


The lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent with many important building factors. The ability of the elements in the lemon and the maple syrup working together creates these desired results...

Stanley Burroughs in The Master Cleanser

While the exact origin of the lemon is unknown, the first lemonade drink seems to have originated in Egypt and became common around the Arabic states and around the Mediterranean. Although introduced to Europe around the third century, serious lemon cultivation only began there around the middle of the fifteenth century.

Long known for their grease cleansing abilities, Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium, and also contain limonene, a compound shown to have anti-cancer properties in laboratory animals. Limonene also appears to raise the levels of beneficial enzymes in the liver. Vitamin C can also lower histamines in the body — histamines are naturally released compounds that initiate inflammation symptoms like red, itchy eyes and runny noses.

The Master Cleanse SuperFruit

Lemons are also astringent, which causes tissue in your body to contract, squeezing out toxins stored deep within. Cholesterol deposits in your arteries and veins also respond well to the intense cleansing power of lemon juice and cayenne pepper. The potassium content is said to nourish the brain and nerve cells. Lemons correct the excessive formation of bile and cleanse the mouth, reducing indigestion and preventing bloating.

The lemon's sourness comes from its high citric acid level, which, in addition to its wonderful flavor and aroma, can slow the oxidation in cut fruit, ward off scurvy, change milk into buttermilk, remove stains and odors from your hands and 'cook' fish without heat!

All citrus fruits are high in flavonoids (the most common antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables), thought to reduce the formation of substances that cause cancer and heart disease. They also contain terpenes, phenols, and isothiocyanates – all chemicals that are thought to help to prevent cancer.

The Lemon Plant

The Lemon (Citrus x. Limon) - An illustration from "Koehler's Medicinal Plants" 1887

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 30g / 1 Fluid Ounce (Juice)
Calories 8kcal Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Potassium 37.8mg 1%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Folate 1%     Vitamin C 23%
Thiamin (B1) 1%     Vitamin B6 1%
* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2,000 kcal / 8374 KJ diet. Your values may change depending on your calorie needs
Fresh Lemons

Go for organic lemons whenever possible. Many gardens have a lemon tree - but beware of pesticide use.

More than just Lemonade...

  • A glass of warm water with honey and lemon juice every morning cleanses the body of toxins and strengthens the immune system
  • A lemon tea will reduce stress and refresh you
  • Lemon juice is used to marinate meat before cooking and fish are marinated in lemon juice to neutralise the odour
  • Lemon deodorises, removes grease, bleaches stains, and disinfects
  • Lemon juice applied to the hair can work as a natural hair lightener
  • Lemon is used in facial masks for refreshing the skin
  • Lemon juice is sprinkled on sliced foods such as apples, bananas and avocados to stop them turning brown (oxidising)
  • The d-limonene in lemon oil is used as a non-toxic insecticide treatment
  • Lemon juice can be applied often to your age spots, helping them fade
  • Lemon juice is often used to clean the inside of animal skins prior to taxidermy
  • Applying lemon juice to facial blemishes is a popular form of treating acne
  • Raw lemon can be used as a short term deodorant
  • Lemon oil aroma will enhance your mood and relax you
  • Float a few fresh slices of lemon in your bath and treat yourself to a heaven-scent
  • Lemon juice is rich with bioflavonoids which can help reduce the pain and occurence of varicose veins
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