How easy it is to take things for granted sometimes. Take lime for example. Or jeruk nipis, as they call it in Indonesia. It is available all year round, it is super cheap and maybe not so pretty as a pink dragon fruit, but it has so many health and beauty benefits we should use it every day.
This sour citrus fruit can do what many ad- vanced medicines can not and has been used for ages in the treatment of various ailments. So let’s take a look at this magical citrus and all the wonders it does:
• Helps digestion
Flavonoids, the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime, stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices and acids. This flood of flavonoids also stimulates the peristaltic motion. This is the reason behind lemon pickle with lunch and dinner being a traditional practice in many countries.
• Takes away constipation
An overdose of lime juice with salt acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, providing relief from constipation.
• Fights diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, limes and other citrus fruits are consid- ered a diabetes superfood. Mainly, the high levels of soluble fiber found in limes make it an ideal dietary aid to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the blood- stream, reducing the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a serious risk to diabetic patients. Also, limes and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index, which means that they will not cause unexpected spikes in glucose levels.
• Prevents heart disease
That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol.
• Lowers fever
If someone is suffering from a fever, limes and lime juice can be of great importance. Citrus fruits, in general, have fever-reducing qualities, and if the fever is very high, the pa- tient’s diet should be restricted to lemon juice and water. However, if the fever is mild to moderate, lime juice, can be administered in order to bring the fever back to a normal level. Vitamin-C, found in high concentrations in citrus fruits, natu- rally lowers the temperature of the body.
• Lightens dark spots
Use lime juice to lighten dark spots on the skin. Apply on the area with a cotton ball and leave it for 30 minutes. Lime juice has bleach- ing properties which help to lighten skin.
• Keeps acne at bay
Pimples or acne erupt without a warning, especially on oily skin. In order to keep them at bay, regularly apply a pack of lime juice with honey. Honey has anti-bacterial properties while lime juice is acidic in nature which will control the oil. Use it every week as part of your skincare regimen. If your pimple’s gone but left a scar, simply massage some fresh lime juice on it to bleach your skin and reduce its appearance.
• Minimises dandruff
If you have tried all anti-dandruff shampoos but still not got rid of it, it’s time to switch to this home remedy. Simply add some lime juice in water and use it as the last rinse when you wash your hair. Its acid will help rid your scalp of dandruff.■