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Kaffir Lime In My Garden

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Kaffir Lime from the citrus family is usually found in Southeast Asia. My mum loves gardening and she has this plant growing in her garden.

About The Plant

In Malaysia, Kaffir Lime is known as Limau Purut. The leaves are usually used in a few cuisine namely Tom Yum (a Thai originated dish) and Rendang (a spicy meat dish). The leaves add fragrance and flavour to the dish

The skin of the lime is rough and green. It will turn yellow when it is very ripe. It is easily differentiated from the other limes because of its bumpy exterior.

The Kaffir Lime are often sold in florist shops. Some believe that to get rid of bad luck, one had to bathe with flowers and slices of the lime.

The Benefits Of The Kaffir Lime

  1. Clears dandruff and soothes itchy scalp – All you have to do is slice the fruit into half and rub it on your scalp. Leave it to dry for a while then wash your hair. Repeat once a week. Your hair would also smell fresh.
  2. Softens Dry Skin – The lime juice acts as a natural moisturizer. Cut the lime into half and rub it on your skin especially around your knees and elbows. It helps to get rid of those scaly skin.
  3. Insect Repellent – Maybe due to its strong fragrance, the fruit can act as a natural repellent. Just rub it on your skin as a moisturizer and the bugs would stay away from biting you.
  4. Reduces Stress – The fragrance from this lime is a great source of aromatherapy. It helps to calm the mind and body.

Here are some pictures of the Kaffir Lime plant.

lime buds
The buds
Kaffir Lime Flowers
The Flowers
tiny limes
The tiny limes
Kaffir Lime Fruits
The bunch of Kaffir Limes
kaffir lime leaves
The leaves

What are your thoughts about the Kaffir Lime? Have you tasted any cuisine using with its leaves in it? Or do you know other benefits of its leaves and lime?

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(13) Comments

  1. I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted a Kaffir lime before. Then again, I am not completely sure what kind I do normally eat. The flowers look so pretty on the plants, though!

  2. That is awesome! That is something i would plant for sure, i love kaffir lime but never thought of planting it in my garden. Thanks a lot.

  3. Marjie Mare says:

    I have never heard or seen Kaffir lime before. It has so many benefits that I wish to have it in my garden.

  4. If this thing clears dandruff then I am down to try it! What a great find.

  5. I love Thai cuisine so I have probably tried this and just don’t remember. If we had some around here I would definitely use as a bug repellant!

  6. Love plants that have uses other than ornamental. I’m not sure about the insect repellent though. We’ve used citrus as food for garden friendly insects.

  7. Christa says:

    I have never heard of kaffir lime before! I’ll have to look for it. It has so many wonderful benefits!

  8. What an interesting plant. I had no idea that this plant had so many benefits.

  9. Neely says:

    I had not heard anything about this. It was super interesting and I loved reading about it

  10. I love the insect repellant part of the plant, would love to have a natural option through a plant

  11. It really looks like a beautiful plant. I would love to test it out in some of my dishes. I haven’t done much Thai cooking but I love the food and would love to try out using this lime.

  12. I had no idea of the existence of this plant, I found your article super informative it definitely sparked my interest!

  13. Kaffir lime sounds like all parts can be useful…I love the natural bug repellant part of it…need more of that

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