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3 Reasons Why This Ugly Fruit Is A Beauty

Are you guilty of passing up a fruit or veggie based on it's outward appearance? You're not alone. But hasn't mama ever told you not to judge a book by its cover?! That it's what's on the inside that counts?!

Let's take the Kaffir lime for example. While maybe not the most instagram-worthy vegetable on the shelf, on the inside, this strange looking thing has extremely healing and unique benefits - from its rind, leaves and juice. 

Here are our top 3 favorite things about the Kaffir lime: 

1) Beautifies the skin: Kaffir lime juice is extremely high in antioxidant properties, especially in its essential oils where the antioxidants are super concentrated. Mix that with its high level of vitamin C and you've got some seriously powerful healing properties. The limes' essential oil is especially beneficial for scars, age-marks and blemishes caused by damaging free-radicals. 

*Another fun fact- the juice and leaves support hair health by slowing the onset of male pattern baldness and strengthening the hair follicles. It also naturally moisturizes for bright and shiny hair!

 

2) Headache and migraine reducer: The anti-inflammatory effects of kaffir lime juice, leaves and oils are not only beneficial when suffering from headaches or migraines, but are also natural remedies if you suffer from the symptoms of arthritis, gout, or any other inflammatory conditions. Rubbing the limes oil or juice topically as well as ingesting the juice can relieve discomfort or pain.

 

3) Immune system strengthener: Because of its antibacterial and antioxidant qualities, kaffir limes are amazing at boosting the immune system. Topical application prevents infections and bacteria to the skin and, when eaten helps, the unique nutrient profile help with gastrointestinal illnesses. In Indonesia the kaffir lime is referred to as “asjeruk obat”, which translates to “medicine citrus”.

 

Guess what? There are even more reasons you should pick the less-than-perfect food of the shelf? Check them out here

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