Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Benefits Of Kaffir Lime

The kaffir lime is also known as combava, kieffer lime, limau purut, jeruk purut or makrut lime, Kabuyao (Cabuyao). It is a lime native to Indochinese and Malesian ecoregions in India, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and adjacent countries. It is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine and magic practices.


A kaffir lime is traditionally used as a medium to remove bad luck, or “buang sial”. In the simplest purification ritual, a kaffir lime is cut into pieces, together with five types of flowers and some lime leaves are dipped into a pale of water. This water is then used to bath or as car wash. The locals would do this type of ritual after attending a funeral service, after returning from grave visitation or when people feels things are not running smoothly. In more advance magic ritual, a kaffir lime can be used to remove black magic workings.


The rind of the kaffir lime is commonly used in Lao and Thai curry paste, adding an aromatic, astringent flavor. The zest of the fruit is used in creole cuisine and to impart flavor to "arranged" rums in the Martinique,Réunion island and Madagascar.

The leaves can be used fresh or dried, and can be stored frozen. Its hourglass-shaped leaves (comprising the leaf blade plus a flattened, leaf-like leaf-stalk orpetiole) are widely used in Thai and Lao cuisine (for dishes such as tom yum), and Cambodian cuisine (for the base paste "Krueng"). The leaves are used in Indonesian cuisine (especially Balinese cuisine and Javanese cuisine), for foods such as sayur asam, and are used along with Indonesian bay leaf for chicken and fish. They are also found in Malaysian and Burmese cuisines.


The juice and rinds are used in traditional Indonesian medicine; for this reason the fruit is referred to in Indonesia as jeruk obat ("medicine citrus"). The oil from the rind has strong insecticidal properties. The juice is generally regarded as too acidic to use in food preparation, but finds use as a cleanser for clothing and hair in Thailand.

Traditional Medicine

Below traditional formula are for your reference. Please seek your doctor’s advice before trying.


1.      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.


1.      Prepare the below material:

a.       Kaffir lime juice 100cc

b.      Pineapple juice 200cc

c.       Coconut milk 100cc

2.      Mix the ingredients together in an enclosed container then use the mixture as hair shampoo for 3-4 times a week.

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