Lime – a green lemon with magical properties
Lime is a small citrus fruit, known mainly as an ingredient in some delightful refreshing beverages, such as lemonade and Mojito cocktail. But because of the enormous amount of vitamins and nutrients in its composition, it has been used for centuries in medicine and in the cosmetics industry as a powerful agent for improving the external and internal health of the body. Take a look at what the magical lime is capable of.
Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) is a small green-yellow fruit that originated in Persia and Iraq and is grown in abundance in India and the Mediterranean. A common ingredient in Indian cuisine and widely used in folk medicine of many nations worldwide, lime is now becoming more and more popular as a beautification tool.
The wide spectrum of benefits of this fruit is due to the fact that it contains an enormous amount of citric acid, flavonoids, antioxidants (vitamins A and C), folic acid and calcium that help neutralizing the damages of free radicals in the body and increase the immunity. Already in the 18th and the 19th centuries, lime was used as a reliable treatment for scurvy (a disease caused by lack of vitamin C) in British sailors and saved many lives.
Today, it still continues to be used as a preventive measure against scurvy by people working in polluted environments, but is also recommended as an immune system booster and a home remedy for many problems. Lime effectively regulates disturbances in the digestive tract and increases the production of gastric juices, bile and acids, while with its irresistible scent stimulates saliva before it even gets in your mouth (which supports the primary process of digestion), improving bowel movement and helping to cope with constipation.
Furthermore, lime prevents the formation of kidney stones and helps the disintegration of existing ones, strengthens heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, eases breathing, protects eyes from diseases of age, cleanses the body from harmful substances that amplify inflammations in arthritis, cures fever, gout, rheumatism and cancer, helps burn fat during weight loss and keeps the body in a good shape.
The abundance of citric acid and antioxidants gives this green fruit natural antibacterial properties and promotes its inclusion in many products for hair and skin care. It is particularly effective in problems such as dandruff (it is a preferred cosmetic ingredient in specialized shampoos), acne and other bacterial or fungal infections, effectively evens the complexion and keeps skin firm, toned and radiant, cleans the follicles and stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, thereby supports hair growth.
What are the other benefits of lime as a cosmetic ingredient?
- Lightens dark and pigmented spots on the skin
- Lightens dark circles around the eyes
- Tightens and shrinks pores
- Exfoliates dead skin cells
- Cleans scalp and skin from bacteria and fungi
- Regulates sebum secretion of the scalp
- Nourishes hair
- Cures hair loss
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the magical properties of the green lemon. You can enjoy a glass of lemonade to cool off during the day and relax with a Mohito cocktail in the evening. The aroma of a cosmetic Mohito cocktail relaxes the skin and lifts your sprits. As for the rest of the time, we recommend you to provide for your skin and hair a variety of products containing lime (shower gel, liquid soap, cream, lotion, shampoo or conditioner). In this way, your body will be doubly protected from the damages of the environment and the pathogens and be able to eliminate stubborn problems, such as acne and dandruff, while your skin and hair will radiate freshness and vitality.