Kaffir Lime is a type of lime native to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. It is a bumpy fruit with a rough skin with numerous health benefits. The kaffir lime leaf is a typical double leaf joined such that the lower part of the leaf is oval and the upper part resembles a heart shape the leaf when fresh is shiny in appearance and is replete with essential oils. The juice of the fruit is good for healthy gums, it also has bleaching properties and when mixed with detergent can fight the toughest stains.
The essential oil in the leaves is extracted and used for various purposes It is a used in many bath products such as soaps and shampoos. The oil is a great hair and scalp cleanser The aroma of the leaves is rejuvenating; add a few drops of oil or a few crushed leaves to your bath and you will feel your negative thoughts ease away It is believed to have a positive effect on the mind and the body and leaves one with positive thoughts. Squeeze some juice from two kaffir limes. The lime juice is then added with half a glass of hot water; if you prefer, you can also add some honey. Drink the juice mixture in one pass to treat the symptoms of influenza (flu).
The juice is occasionally used to heighten the taste of certain dishes but it is the leaves that are used more frequently. The strong scented leaves have lovely fresh lemon flavour awareness about them when torn or shredded. The leaves can be torn, chopped or shredded and used in soups and curries.
Apart from all that, this lime is known to suppress the appetite and aid in weight loss; it is even known to improve the appetite as well. The extract of the plant helps increase the circulation of the blood and like all members of the citrus family acts anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so kaffir lime is the one to try.