Kaffir Lime Leaves add a distinct slightly sweet citrus flavor described as “rejuvenating,” “uplifting” for which there is no substitute. The flavor is due to high concentrations of alkaloids, citronellal, limonene and nerol. The aroma of kaffir lime leaves is primarily due to citronellal plus linalool.
Kaffir lime leaves aside from their culinary benefits have a high content of beneficial organic compounds that exert a positive effect on the human body.
Volatile compounds in the kaffir lime eliminate foreign agents and pathogens in the blood as well as supporting the liver and lymphatic system which cleanse the blood.
Skin care and cosmetic topical applications include slowing the breakdown of cells and minimizing age marks, scars and pimples.
Kaffir lime leaves (“makroot” in Thai) are an essential ingredient in many Thai soups, but are normally not ingested.
Used aromatically to sooth and calm the body and mind to reduce stress.