Dear Stephen,
This weekend I had a taste of limoncello, the Italian liquer, and had a really strong herx afterwards. I understand that it’s made by steeping lemon rinds in alcohol, so it contains lemon oils. Many believe lyme patients shouldn’t have any alcohol, which would rule out having limoncello on a daily basis. Do you think that’s true? And if so, what would be the best way for one to use essential lemon oil for it’s antimicrobial benefits? Do you think it would be effective against babesia as well as lyme disease?

Stephen’s response:
I don’t think that lyme patients should necessarily stop all alcohol intake, though moderation is indicated. You can try grapefruit seed extract, which is similar and see how you respond to that. If you have herxing from it, you might try it for awhile. Some lyme patients have had good success with it – usually if they have GI tract lyme. Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit and lime all contain strong antimicrobials and they are very useful in treating a wide variety of diseases. One simple thing to do is to grate the peel of a lemon and blend it into a smoothie or fresh juice and drink it. It will be a bit intense but you can find out from that what kind of impact it is having on your lyme.
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