Everybody knows oranges, which is a citrus fruit that has many health benefits. Aside from oranges, there is one more citrus fruit that you should know about and it is actually better than the popular orange. Philippine lemon, which is widely known as calamansi, is a fruit with that distinct sour and acidic taste. In the Philippines, it is almost always paired with soy sauce for dipping as well as in marinades to provide flavor in local dishes.
Due to being used as a seasoning, it is easy for Filipinos to disregard how beneficial this tiny fruit really is. However, calamansi is actually one of the healthiest fruits out there, which is why it easily beats oranges.
Health Benefits of Philippine Lemon or Calamansi
Here are the ways that calamansi helps achieve better health:
- Provides relief from constipation
- Helps cure acne
- Can be used as remedy for phlegm and cough
- Can be used as treatment for insect bites
- Helps cure fever and colds
- Strengthens teeth and gums
- Fortifies bones
- Boosts the immune system
Calamansi is excellent for people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma. It can also be used as part of your daily face cleansing routine because it can help prevent blackheads, acne, and other skin flaws. For some people, they also use the fruit to help whiten their skin. You can also use calamansi for your hair. Shampoo your hair first and then use the fruit juice, which you can directly apply onto your scalp right after shampooing. This can eliminate dandruff and itching, while promoting hair growth.
Calamansi can even be used as a deodorizer. Instead of using products that you can buy at stores, which contain unnatural ingredients, go for this organic remedy. Just apply to your underarms and you’re good to go. Be aware though that the juice can stain white clothes. Still, it is easy to remove. In fact, you can also use calamansi extract to get rid of stains when you wash your clothes.
Calamansi Food Uses
Calamansi is loved for its sour flavor. This is why it is often added to iced teas to get that extra acidity in the healthy beverage. Seafood and meats can become healthier and tastier by squeezing some juice to them before or after you cook them. Because of the fruit’s richness in vitamin C, there is no doubt that you should continue using calamansi whenever you can.
While oranges are more popular and more widespread because they can be found in many places around the world, the Philippine lemon can provide as much nutrients as the other citrus fruit. It has more uses though and is definitely much cheaper than oranges.