Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kaffir lime leaf

Leaves of kaffir lime play an important role in folk medicine as a digestive aid with many known health benefits. The leaves are thought to cleanse blood while helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

The leaves of the kaffir lime tree are double, growing end to end, from 3 to 4.5 inches in total length. It is often grown short for easy harvesting of its leaves. The alternate leaves are very characteristics with leaf stalks that are broadly winged.

Leaves are dotted with minute oil glands smelling distinctively of citronella when crushed. They are used whole or finely slivered to flavor soups, fish cakes, and sauces and as a garnish.

The leaves and the rind of the fruit are similar in taste except the leaves are more intense with the zesty pungent citrusy notes which Southeast Asian cultures enjoy.

A volatile oil can be distilled from the leaves. The leaves are very aromatic and readily impart a flavour to foods.

Apart from cooking, kaffir lime leaves are also used as natural deodorizer by bruising a few leaves and adding them to an outdoor citrus-scented potpourri.

The leaves also find their roles in some skin care products such as soaps, lotions and insect repellent roll-ons.
Kaffir lime leaf

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