Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Benefits of the Lime Fruit

Lime has been used in many cultures for cooking and in medicines since ancient times.

This small round green colored citrus fruit is even used by some countries like India and Sri lanka for protection and to ward off evil spirits. 

Although lime fruits are said to hold less vitamin C than lemons, it’s still highly valued for its healing properties and zesty aroma and taste.

Mexican Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Persian Lime (Citrus latifolia) and the Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix) are three popular varieties of lime used throughout many parts of the world.

The difference between the three lies mainly in its flavor, aroma and size.

Mexican Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Has a strong invigorating fragrance and contains more juice thus the reason for it being commonly used in cocktails and drinks e.g. gin and tonic or margaritas and for it being given the name ‘bartenders lime.’

Persian Lime (Citrus latifolia)

The Persian Lime is more acidic, larger and does not contain as many seeds (sometimes having no seeds at all) as other limes.

Kaffir Lime

The juice is commonly used in many Southeast Asian dishes e.g. Thai and Vietnamese cooking because of its intense zesty flavor and fragrance.

Apart from vitamin C, lime also contains ‘folic acid, iron, calcium and pectin.’

Pectin when combined with Vitamin C helps fight heart disease.

The lime peel too has antiseptic powers since it contains Limonene which has anti-cancer properties since it stimulates the enzymes needed to detoxify carcinogens.

A few other healing properties of lime and its juice are:

Removing toxins from the body and for weight loss

Add juice from ½ a lime to a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of honey.

Drink this first thing in the morning.

This will aid in both removing toxins from the body and cutting unnecessary fat from the body.

For Skin Care

Yogurt and Lime Face pack

To make a face pack mix the following ingredients and add to cleansed face.

Leave until fully dry and rinse off with warm water. An ideal face pack for oily skin.
  • Gram flour – one teaspoon
  • Yogurt – ½ teaspoon
  • Lime juice – 2-3 drops
 Egg white face pack

Take an egg and separate the yolk and white.

Beat the egg white with a few drops of lime juice.

Apply to cleansed face.

When dry rinse off with warm water.

This face pack is ideal for those suffering from wrinkles.

For insect bites

Dilute 1 tablespoon lime juice with ¼ cup water and apply on the mosquito bites.

In cooking 
  • Rub the wedge of one lime on hands to get rid of fish odor.
  • To tenderize and soften fish soak the fish in ¼ cup of lime juice.
© 2012 Suranee Perera

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