Dried kaffir lime leaves can be used for so much more than adding flavor to your recipes. We look at some of the alternative uses you may not have considered.
Kaffir or Makrut lime leaves come from Citrus hystrix, a tropical fruit that's native to Asia. These leaves have far more uses than most people realize.
Sometimes, it's better to use dried kaffir lime leaves for a DIY preparation than fresh ones. Either way, you'll receive the health benefits all the same
Herbal medicine traditions in Asia have recognized the incredible health benefits of kaffir lime leaves for a long time. It's about time that the rest of the world got on board with using these leaves.
Here are 4 kaffir (makrut) lime leaves uses you don't hear about often enough:
1. Potpourri With Kaffir Lime Leaves
If you like making potpourri, add kaffir lime leaves to your blend next time. These leaves add a refreshing citrus scent to homemade potpourri mixes.
To release a kaffir lime leaf's scent, you must crush it until it bruises. This will release its beneficial fragrance and oils.
The scent alone is one of the major benefits of kaffir lime leaves. People who practice aromatherapy use kaffir lime leaves' aroma to relieve stress and anxiety. Blend these leaves with other citrus components to create a rejuvenating potpourri mix.
2. Take a Hot Bath With Dried Kaffir Lime Leaves
Truly knowing how to use kaffir lime leaves means knowing how to use them in a hot bath. The aromatherapy benefits alone will make it a relaxing experience.
Simply add 2 to 3 kaffir lime leaves to your tub while the hot water is coming down. Crushing the leaves first will release more of their fragrance and oils into the water.
Hot baths are one of the best kaffir lime leaf uses because they benefit your skin and hair at the same time. After all, some of the most popular kaffir lime uses involve incorporating the oils into haircare and skincare products.
Plus, you'll emerge from the bath smelling like a citrus dream come true.
3. Tea Made From Kaffir Lime Leaves and Lemongrass
Kaffir lime leaf tea is good for promoting oral health. It's also good to drink when you have a cough or a headache.
Put the outermost stalks of lemongrass (both separated and bruised) into a saucepan or coffee press with 3 kaffir lime leaves, chopped ginger root, and as many kaffir lime wedges as you like. Then add 8 cups of boiling water and let the ingredients steep for at least 10 minutes before drinking it.
This is a good tea to drink when you have a cold.
4. Spiritual Uses
Kaffir lime leaves have spiritual properties. That's why people take hot baths with kaffir lime leaves to cleanse their auras.
Burn dried kaffir lime leaves as incense on a charcoal disc during meditation. It'll purify your body, mind, and soul while removing all negative energy from your living space.
Warning: Make sure you use a fireproof bowl whenever you use a charcoal disc.
Use These Leaves To Your Advantage
The scent of dried kaffir lime leaves even serves as a form of insect repellent. For this reason, kaffir lime leaf incense is perfect to burn outdoors during warmer months.
In fact, rubbing the oil from the leaves onto your skin will discourage bugs from biting you. Take that, mosquitos!