Chapter 45 - Sweet Lemon

Muhammad Asif Hanif, Haq Nawaz, Muhammad Mumtaz Khan (Editor), Hugh J Byrne (Editor), Adan Iqbal, Rasheed Ahmad Khera, Muhammad Asif Hanif, Muhammad Adnan Ayub, Abdullah Mohammed Al-Sadi

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Citrus limetta is an evergreen small tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. It is cultivated all over the world and is used as a fresh fruit, as a source of juice, yields essential oil, and is used as traditional medicine due to its bioactive components. The bioactive components include flavonoids, limonoids, calcium, potassium, and a low content of fat and dietary fibers. It is an important source of essential oil that ultimately finds several applications. C. limetta find uses in food industries, in pharmaceuticals, in perfumery, in bioadsorption of industrial wastes, in industrial synthesis of enzymes, as insect repellent, and more. The remarkable pharmacological activities of C. limetta enable it to act as antibacterial, antiinflammatory, and antiatherosclerotic and for larvicidal activities and help in dissolution of stones. Due to its countless benefits, it is essential to optimize its yield and improve preservation and extraction technologies, especially in underdeveloped countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedicinal Plants of South Asia
EditorsMuhammad Asif Hanif, Haq Nawaz, Muhammad Mumtaz Khan, Hugh J Byrne
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-102659-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameMedicinal Plants of South Asia


  • Antiatherosclerotic
  • Antilarvicidal
  • Essential oil
  • Mittha


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