While you may not have heard about this modest yet vibrant lime coined the kaffir, discover all of its interesting household uses beyond squeezing here!
You’ve probably made finger-licking dishes of which lemon was part of the ingredients, or perhaps heard of the myriad of benefits associated with this sour-tasting fruit.
But have you heard of kaffir limes? Have you used them in your home? If not, you're missing out on the numerous benefits and uses associated with this citrus fruit.
Keep reading to learn some of the exciting household things you can do with kaffir limes.
Mask Pungent Smells
Kaffir limes are good at masking scents. When you use onions and garlic as your ingredients, they leave your hands smelling like them. Just wash your hands with lime juice and the smell disappears.
You can also use kaffir lime juice in cleaning wooden cutting boards and sponges that might have absorbed smells while you were preparing certain foods. Whenever you have some stinking garbage, pour some kaffir lime juice into the trash can, and the smell should disappear!
The incredible kaffir lime plant is known to provide numerous health benefits on the body of those who use its fruits or lime leaves. Below are some of the ways you can use kaffir lime to boost your health:
- If you get constipation or suffer from indigestion, drinking boiled lime can clear the symptoms and restore bowel movement.
- The oil from kaffir limes can do away with pathogens in the blood. It helps the liver destroy dangerous substances; thus, improving your overall health.
- The leaves and rind can be rubbed onto the gums to kill harmful bacteria and promote oral health.
- The antioxidants in the kaffir lime juice extract slow the breakdown of cells and minimize the appearance of pimples, age marks, and scars.
- The juice, leaves, or oil extract help fight inflammatory conditions such as edema and arthritis.
The kaffir lime is also great for reducing stress and anxiety. Inhaling the soothing vapor from the lime oil can calm your mind and promote mental wellness.
Preserve Your Fresh Flowers
Mix two tablespoons of kaffir lime juice, a quarter tablespoon of bleach, and one tablespoon of sugar into a quarter gallon of water. This mixture will help preserve your fresh flowers.
This preservation technique is effective because the lime opens up the stems to allow water in. The sugar act as a source of food and the bleach prevents the growth of microbes inside the flower vase.
Repel Stubborn Insects
Insects that infest your home will be out of luck when you use kaffir lime as a repellent. The lime has citronella oil which is a natural repellent to insects.
You can apply it on your body or spray around your home to keep the mosquitoes away. For an ant infestation, spray your doorway, windowsills, and other entryways to keep the pesky insects from invading your home.
Manage Greasy and Tangled Hair
Do you or your kids have curly hair that's hard to manage? The kaffir lime has citronella oil which is a natural agent for detangling hair.
When used on hair, it makes it easy for you to manage the tangles. It is also useful in removing grease and dirt from your hair. Add a few drops to your shampoo for combined effects.
Ready to Enjoy the Benefits of Kaffir Limes?
Kaffir limes provide a variety of great benefits and uses as described above. They're great to have on hand, and also easy to grow.
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