Limes; these are generally grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions and are commonly used in cooking. Many chefs add a dash of lime to enhance the flavours of a dish, and it can also be used to counteract sweetness. Lime pickle is an integral part of Indian cuisine, it is a common ingredient in Mexican and Thai dishes, and lime marmalade is a popular Australian creation. Lime juice is used in many cocktails too, especially Margaritas, and squeezed lime in water is a good health drink, rich in vitamin C, minerals and enzymes. This drink also supports liver function in that toxins are more readily eliminated.
In the kitchen, a cut of lime can be use to cleanse cutting boards and will do away with lingering odours from onions and garlic on the skin. The low pH of lime juice allows for use in the beauty industry, as it is “friendly” towards the skin’s acidic mantle. Skin toners that are intended to control excessive oily secretions are often citrus based. A natural home-based tip suggests rubbing a half of a lime or lemon, minus the juice, over the face for cleansing purposes, followed by a soothing honey mask. People with sensitive skins, however, should be wary of this treatment.
Ginger; all readers will no doubt be familiar with those gnarled, arthritic looking roots found in vegetable outlets. Reams of information can be given regarding ginger, but for the purpose of this article some of the basic benefits will be discussed. Historically, the Greeks would wrap ginger inside pieces of bread, as an aid to digestion after dinner. This may well have been the fore-runner to ginger bread.
Ginger is an aromatic and pungent underground stem known as a rhizome, used in the preparation of food, as well as in the medical field. It has been sanctioned by the ancient medical practice known as Ayuverda. Historically, it is known to aid digestion as it stimulates the digestive juices and assists in keeping a healthy pH in the system. Ginger has anti-bacterial properties, is known to counteract nausea caused by motion sickness, and in some cases that caused by chemo treatment. There is, however, a warning to take care with nausea brought on by pregnancy .
To maintain one’s general health, a ginger drink can easily be made by cutting up fresh ginger, bruising it, then allowing it to steep in boiling water for about half an hour. Once strained it can be sipped during the course of the day.
In terms of the cosmetic industry, ginger is frequently used in perfumes, shower and bath products, skin and hair care items, and in deodorants.
It is no surprise that Matsimela Home Spa knew the benefits of combining the warmth of ginger and the coolness of citrus in some of their products. Both the Ginger and Lime Range, and the Warm Orange and Ginger Range, have the wonderful benefits of ginger and citrus. Go ahead and spoil yourself with the pure indulgence of either of the ranges.