Limes are a green citrus fruit that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. They are sometimes mistaken for lemons; but limes are smaller than lemon. Lime contains twice the amount of juice than that of larger lemon. Lime juice as a drink makes one of the best thirst quenchers.
Uses: Limes are used in pickles, jams, marmalade, sauces, confectionaries, squashes, sorbets, desserts, beverages, cosmetics and different cleaning products.
Varieties: There are many varieties of limes, differing in size, color and shape. They are, however, classified into two main groups, namely, the sweet and the acid limes. Sweet limes don’t contain citric acid (this variety does not considered to be of high nutritive value); while the sour limes contains citric acid.
Culinary uses of lime juice:
- LJ and lime rind/peel is a useful flavoring for many dishes.
- LJ when added to papaya slices and melons can help bring out the natural flavor of these fruits. The juice when sprinkled over fruit salad can also prevent discoloration because acid content of lime is known to slow down the oxidation of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, thus preventing discoloration and acting as a preservative.
- LJ can be used as a salt substitute for meat and fish dishes.
- LJ is use to tenderize lean cuts of beef.
- LJ juice high vitamin C content can prevent scurvy, a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C; it is characterized by bleeding of gums and severe weakness.
- LJ are high in bioflavonoid and other antioxidants, which help protect against cancer and other diseases. Studies have shown that concentrated extract of lime juice has potential anti-cancer properties against the proliferation of human breast and lymph cancers.
- LJ contains pectin (water-soluble colloidal carbohydrates) which is beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol and helps prevent stroke.
- LJ can prevent the wound from being infected when applied externally.
- LJ when taken regularly is effective in the treatment of viral infection of the whole respiratory system. It is also effective in fighting other viral infections such as flu, mumps, and measles etc.
- Lime is also good for preventing and treating nausea. Just chew on a piece of lime whenever you’re feeling nauseous.
- LJ is effective in the treatment of cystitis, inflammation of urinary bladder. A teaspoonful of lime should be put in 180 gm. of boiling water. It should then be allowed to cool and 60 gm, of this water should be given every two hours. It gives relief to burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis.
- LJ is excellent for weight reduction. Consume the juice before every meal. It will reduce the weight in two to three months time.
- LJ can help prevent gout and relieve gout symptoms. Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid in the body, lime juice may taste acidic but when taken internally it is alkaline which helps neutralize the acid in the body.
- LJ can help cure eye infection. To get the benefit just wash the eyes with the mixture of lime juice and pure water.
- Limes make a wonderful sedative for people who are always angry and stress.
Nutrient Content of Lime: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .04 mg.; Niacin .1 mg.
- Vitamin C: 27 mg.
- Calcium: 40 mg.
- Iron: 6 mg.
- Phosphorus: 22 mg.
- Fat: .1 gm.
- Protein: .8 gm.
- Calories: 37
Lime Juice Uses for Skin and Hair:
- LJ can help cure dandruff. Just rub diluted lime juice on scalp for 15-20 minute. Then rinse.
- LJ can help remove acne, blemishes and can lighten skin complexion. Just dab lime juice on your face, let it stay for 20 minutes, then rinse.
- LJ can help reduce oily skin and shrink pores. Just wash you face with cold water with few drops of lime juice. Then rinse.
Lime Juice as Natural Cleanser:
- LJ is used to get tarnish off brass.
- LJ can help remove calcium deposits on pots. Just pour few drops of lime juice and water to tea kettle, let it stay there overnight. Scrub the remaining calcium deposit the next day.
Uses of Lime Essential Oil
The Essential Oil of Lime is extracted by cold compression of fresh peels of lime or by steam distillation of its dried peels.
- LO helps cure toothache, strengthens grip of gums on teeth and protect them from falling. Just put a few drops of lime oil to a glass of water and use this as mouthwash.
- LO when applied externally can cure infections on skin and in wounds and even protect from new infections.
- LO can be used in dilution for applying on scalp to protect hair from various infections, dandruff, remove residue on scalp, lice etc.
- LO astringent property can help stop the bleeding of wounds. Just apply a drop of oil on the affected area to stop the bleeding.
- LO can help relieve stiff and sore muscles. Just add few drops to your favourite massage oil and use it to the sore area of your body.
- LO can help expel intestinal worms. Just put few drops of oil in hot water and drink.
Medicinal Uses of Lime Leaves:
- The leaves when pounded and combined with tamarind pulp can promote bowel movement.
- Lime leaf tea can be taken to help reduce fever. Boil 1 cup of young lime leaf to 2 ½ cup of water. Strain and drink 3 cups a day.
Medicinal Uses of Lime Rind:
- Fresh rind when squeezed and inhaled can help cure dizziness.
- Fresh rind when made into tea can help cure fever. Boil 1 cup of rind to 2 ½ cups of water. Strain and drink until fever is reduce.
- For a relaxing bath, boil 1 cup of rind and put it to a warm bath.
- Lime peel contains psoralens, which increase sun sensitivity. Cut away the peels before squeezing the fruit so that the citrus oil containing the psoralens doesn’t get into the juice.
- Overuse of lime peel or the lime oil could interfere with anticoagulant drugs.