Sweet lime, a miracle to malaria
January 01, 2013
Round the World, the malaria situation is serious and getting worse. Malaria threatens the lives of 40% of the world’s population i.e over 2200 million people. Proper malaria treatment is possible using herbs. Malaria is a very contagious parasitic infection that is common in tropical and subtropical regions. There are three types of malaria: Tertian Fever, Quartan Fever and Malignant Fever. In Tertian Fever, the attacks happen on alternate days. With Quartan Fever, the attack of fever happens after an interval of two days, for example, first fever will occur on the first day, then again on the 4th day, then the 7th, and so on. Malignant Tertian is a very severe type that is the most alarming.
Sweet lime locally called Meetha, is one of the most effective home remedy for malaria. It should be taken on daily basis. It contains a natural quinine-like substance which can be extracted from the fruit by boiling a quarter of lime and straining its pulp. Lime and lemon play a vital role in the treatment of quartan type of malarial fever especially. About three grams of lime and a juice of 1 lemon should be dissolved in about 60 ml of water. This mixture can be taken before you suspect the attack to take place. Sweet lime juice is an excellent thirst quencher and is therapeutically valued for its cooling effect in cases of fever and jaundice. Sweet lime helps to cure nausea and vomiting due to its tangy flavor. Rubbing lime juice on mosquito bites relieves irritation, eliminates odor, helps clean brass and silver, can be added in room fresheners, clears out calcium deposits, and adds sparkle to glass ware. Other health benefits of lime (Meetha) include weight loss, skin care, good digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, and urinary disorders. Sweet lime (C. limetta) is a fruit that resembles lemons in every respect, except it does not have the mouth-puckering taste. Its mild, sweet juice tastes like home-made lemonade without the hard work or sugar. The skin of Sweet lime is light yellow at maturity, the pulp is greenish and the rind is white in color. The flavor ranges from sweet to slightly tangy; the juice is sweet rather than acidic. Lime juice benefits are plenty, use it for health or household cleaning purposes, the humble lime will always provide one with excellent results. Lime is consumed throughout the world in sorbets, beverages, refreshing drinks, pickles, jams, jellies, snacks, candies, sugar boiled confectionaries and culinary and the oil extracted from its peel or skin is extensively used in soft drink concentrates, body oils, cosmetics, hair oils, tooth pastes, toilet and beauty soaps, disinfectants, mouth washes, deodorants and innumerable other products.
Botanically, it is a hybrid of four separate species, including the lemon and Key lime and/or citron. It has somewhat of lower sugar content than the acid limes, but qualifies as sweet because it is almost completely devoid of acidity. The sweet lime is self-compatible and is grown from cuttings. The stem-end is cut off, the core is pierced with a knife, and the juice is sucked out. The fruit is eaten fresh. IN Pakistan four main varities are available of Meetha, Local Meetha, Kashmiri Meetha, Peshawari Meetha, Falesteni Meetha.
There are many lime juice benefits that one can derive from this fruit which are grown all year round, and are usually sweeter than lemons. A glance over the benefits and medicinal uses of lime is;
Gout: is caused either by the accumulation of free radicals in the body and/or the accumulation of uric acid. Limes are full of anti-oxidants that control and rid the body of free radicals, and help to detoxify the body.
Obesity and Weight Loss: Traditionally lime juice has been used for weight reduction programs. One of the many fresh lime juice benefits is the reduced amount of calories, this natural sweetener will add to the body.
Scurvy: Scurvy is caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C, and since limes are packed with them, its juice is the only way to cure this condition
Constipation: Lime juice aids in curing other digestive disorders like constipation also. The acids that stimulate the digestive system help in clearing the excretory tracts, easing constipation. Lime juice with salt acts as an excellent purgative giving immediate relief.
Cystitis: Cystitis is an inflammation of urinary bladder, also Lime juice, boiled in water and taken every couple of hours after cooling, and provides relief in cystitis.
Beauty Care: Lime juice has been used as a bleaching agent for centuries. Its anti oxidant, anti biotic and disinfectant properties helps in rejuvenating the skin, by protecting it from infections.
Gums: Vitamin C rich limes, address all gum related conditions aggravated by vitamin C deficiency such as bleeding, ulcers and wounds,.
Eye Care: Lime’s anti oxidant and anti bacterial properties protect eyes from infections and muscular degeneration. Washing eyes with a few drops of warm lime juice, mixed with plain or salt water helps clear many infections like conjunctivitis
Peptic ulcers: The acid in limes causes an alkaline reaction in the system, reducing acidity
Common Cold: Although disputed, an excellent dose of lime helps to clear common cold with its vitamin C rich juice, by increasing the resistance of the body towards cold.
Dehydration: One of the many sweet lime juice benefits is quick hydration and rejuvenation it can provide the body, just by drinking a glass of lime juice.
(By Naseem Sharif And Mohsin Abbas)
Horticultural Research Institute AARI, Faisalabad
Courtesy: Zarai Media Team