Today is a guest post by Vineetha Reddy, an up and coming health and nutrition blogger.
Did you know that lime and salt make an extraordinary combination? Not only is it beneficial for your body and skin, but is also an impressive mixture for removing stains! However, the use of this combination should always be in the right amounts and never too much or too little!
Here are five super-cool uses of this awesome combination!
- Dehydration Fighter:
Lime juice with salt is the drink that is best to fight dehydration. When you feel dehydrated, it is usually when you have been sweating a lot. Sweating results in a loss of salt and minerals. Lime juice squeezed in water with a pinch of salt and sugar contains natural electrolytes. These electrolytes help replenish the sodium and nutrient content in the body. It hydrates the body efficiently and prevents the effects of dehydration like muscle cramps and fatigue. It also rejuvenates the body to function better!
- Solves Digestive Problems:
Lime stimulates the digestive system due to the presence of flavonoids. These flavonoids increase the secretion of digestive juices. An effective remedy for constipation is drinking hot water with sour lime and half a teaspoon of salt. Drinking this juice as soon as you are awake i.e. on an empty stomach helps in solving the problem. By sprinkling some salt and ginger juice into a glass of lime juice, you can prepare an effective treatment for stomach ache. The digestive and excretory system can be cleaned and cleansed by the acids and roughage in lime. It is useful to prevent nausea, vomiting and acidity. The juice is also beneficial for weight loss.
- Prevents Skin Problems:
A lime and salt solution is very effective in curing issues of the skin like acne and blackheads. Mix salt and lime juice in equal proportions and apply the mixture to the affected area. Leave it to dry and wash it off after ten minutes. This an easy home remedy for blackheads. This solution is also useful to get rid of acne. The salt will help exfoliate by removing the excess oil. Besides, the lime will soften and invigorate the skin. It will also lighten the scars left by pimples. However, lime can also dry out the skin and cause burns if kept for too long. So just use this solution only for ten minutes on a weekly basis.
- Mouth And Gum Treatment:
Gum infections can be very painful and discomforting. Make a paste of lime juice mixed with salt and apply it on your teeth. Leave this paste on for a few minutes before gargling it out with water. Lime juice contains anti-inflammatory properties and large amounts of Vitamin C that help treat the infection. Toothaches and cavities can also be treated using the lime and salt water treatment. If you have wounds in the mouth, rinsing it with salt and lime water will help disinfect it and avoid swelling. You can also cure tonsillitis by squeezing fresh lime in a glass of hot water. Add four teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of salt.
- Rust Stain Remover:
The lime juice and salt combo is very useful to remove rust stains from certain fabrics and carpets. Rust stains are generally very difficult to remove as the stain would contain tiny iron oxide particles. To remove the stain, start by applying lime juice to the stain. Sprinkle some salt over this. Allow the salt and lime juice to react on the stain for at least a day’s time. Wet the spot with more lemon juice to keep it damp. Blot the stain well and repeat the process if needed. You can see the stain disappear very quickly.
*Note from Kate: I often bring lemon and lime slices in my water bottle to work. I find is gives me energy throughout the day and also helps keep me from snacking on all of the snacks and treats that you often find at the Nurses station!