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Calamansi is a tropical . Local name NARANG.

Like all citrus fruits, calamansi is loaded with vitamin C and B. It's also traditionally used as treatment for certain diseases. In today's post, we ar will show you how you can grow it in your own garden or in a container and health benefits and practical uses of calamansi juice.

Benefits of the fruit :-

Washes body dirt – Rub the halved calamansi on wrinkles of your skin to loosen the dirt.
Deodorizer – Calamansi is glimeood for anti-perspirant deodorant. It can also whitens your underarms and free from bad odor. You can use it also for your entire body.
Eliminates itching and promotes hair growth- Use it like shampooing your hair or applying the fruit juice to the scalp.
Helps cough- Make a lemonade juice by squeezing 3-4 pieces of calamansi then add some sugar. The lemonade juice softens the phlegm in the lungs.
Good source of Vitamin C- Calamansi is also good for the body. It is a good source of Vitamin C.
Enhance hair growth - Are you getting hairless? Calamansi can help you! It does not only make you dandruff-free but also increases your hair volume.

How to Grow Your Own Calamansi Tree :-

To grow your own calamansi tree, just buy a seedling or grow your own straight from seeds. Start by finding a great spot for your tree. Dig a hole and carefully put the seedling in it. Don't forget to add compost to boost soil nutrients.
Then, cover the seedling with soil and water it every morning. Do not over-water the seedling; it might destroy the roots. Add fertilizer a month after planting. Continuously add fertilizer every 4 months so the tree will grow properly. Remove any weeds that grow near the young tree. You may also trim its branches periodically. This helps keep the size of the tree manageable. It also makes fruit harvesting much easier.

Calamansi  isn't hard to grow but it may be vulnerable to pests. Always keep an eye on the leaves and barks. Any marks or rugged edges could indicate infection.Citrus Bark borers and aphids are the natural enemy of calamansi tree. Citrus Bark borers are small beetles that lay eggs on calamansi barks. If you suspect an infestation, treat the tree with organic pesticide such as chilli powder spray or mild soapy water or diluted garlic oil with water . Spray it under leaves and where its infected . If it's an aphid infestation, cut off the infected branches.Put the calamansi seedlings in bright, but indirect, sunlight. Allow them to grow a few sets of leaves. Continue watering whenever the soil feels dry.if your growing in a container
Fill 4- to 6-inch container with potting soil dry cow manure, Plant the calamansi seed in the container.
Give the calamansi seedlings four hours of direct sunlight per day. The seedlings need sunshine to thrive. Or buy a good healthy calamansi plant from a plant nursery and you can grow it . Mine already gives fruits and I bought it 2 years back and now its filled with fruits . I have one plant in the container and other is planted outdoor . Both gives fruit almost the whole year .

Planting Calamansi Outdoors :-

Choose an outdoor site for the calamansi tree when you are ready to plant them in the garden. Calamansi tolerates most soils but will not grow well in heavy clay or light sand. Ideal soil is good drainage and full to part sun.
Mix compost or other organic material into the soil, if desired. Apply 3 to 4 inches of compost and mix it into the top 6 inches of soil.
Dig a hole about 16 inches deep and 16 inches wide.
Plant the calamansi tree in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and tamp it down firmly around the tree with a shovel or your hands.
Water the calamansi until the soil feels damp. Young trees usually need about 1 inch of water per week. Continue watering whenever the soil feels dry until the calamansi establishes itself, usually within two to three years.

Fertilize every four months with about 2 to 3 ounces of fruit fertilizer mixed with urea. When the calamansi tree is two years old, increase the amount of fertilizer every four months.

Harvest calamansi fruit by cutting it from the tree with scissors. Leave a piece of the stem attached to the fruit to help it stay fresh.

Dont forget to Water the calamansi until the soil feels damp. Young trees usually need about 1 inch of water per week. Continue watering whenever the soil feels dry .

Hand-spread organic mulch around the calamansi. Maintain 12 inches of space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulching covers exposed roots and prevents fungal diseases that hinder fruiting.

* If you plan to keep your calamansi tree in a container indoors, you can still encourage fruiting by varying its pot sizes. As your calamansi grows, transplant it into a bigger pot every year as the growing season resumes, typically in the spring. The extra root-growing space stimulates the tree to blossom and fruit.
* Because calamansi fruit has such a sweet taste, these small fruits work well as a drink flavoring, such as for limeade or tea. Other practical uses for the acidic fruit juice include stain removal on clothes and skin deodorant.
* Do not damage the tree's roots when amending the soil. Use a gentle motion as you move the tool into the ground to prevent any cuts to the roots. Damaging roots contributes to poor fruiting.

Calamansi is my everything
If you've got hyper-pigmentation problems on knees, elbows, armpits and on the circles of eyes, calamansi juice lightens skin through continuous use.
Calamansi is also used for skin whitening. Beauty experts says that after several applications, as an exfoliant, it helps to whiten the skin.

I still follow the old-fashion way of using calamansi though. I rub it on my face once or twice a day and it actually lightens. Of course scrubbing while taking a bath and moisturizing after shower is also important to make the skin glow. You remove dead skin cells from your skin when you exfoliate and you make it glow when you supply it with enough moisture everyday. But the same should not be done for the eye circles.

Skin lightening – Before taking a bath, cut calamansi into halves and rub it on your face for at least 5-10 minutes. You may also rub calamansi to other parts of your body you want to lighten.
Calamansi has a very distinct effect on the human body, with alkaline properties present in the peel and juices of the fruit. The fruit can be used for whitening the skin, as well as a bleaching agent on mild stains of white garments. Many soaps are made with calamansi as an active ingredient for whitening and toning skin,

How its done ?

Things You'll Need
* Blender�Calamansi fruit�Soft towel�1. Place two or three pieces of calamansi fruit into a blender and blend on puree. Ensure that the fruit has been completely blended.
2. Remove the fruit from the blender and place it onto a soft towel and fold it over. Pat the towel until the juices from the calamansi have saturated the towel. You can apply the pureed fruit directly to the skin, but to avoid a mess, using a saturated towel is best.
3. Rub the saturated towel onto the dark areas of your skin, typically the knees, elbows, and armpits, but it can also be used to whiten the face.
Repeat the process once a day for a full week. You should notice your skin becoming much whiter and clearer after a week of application.

* You can use the pureed peel of the calamansi fruit as a mild exfoliate for the skin, or as an exfoliating scrub.

Eliminates Dandruff :-
Don't let dandruff get you down. Eliminate flakes and persistent itchiness by rubbing halved calamansi fruit directly on the scalp. This will ease the itchiness, irritation and prevent dryness. What's more, calamansi juice will also increase hair volume!

Aids in Weight Loss :-
Are you trying to lose weight? Why not take calamansi juice every day? It's a refreshing, healthy and low-calorie drink. Regular consumption of calamansi juice purifies the organs and detoxes the colon. It prevents constipation, improve bowel movement and eliminate stored fat. It's also a filling drink. We recommend drinking calamansi juice before a meal so you don't overeat!

Put together calamansi juice and sweet melons for one amazing thirst-quencher.
1/2 cup calamansi concentrate
4 cups water
250g melon, sliced in half
2 tablespoons honey

1 Combine 1/2 cup calamansi concentrate and 4 cups water in a pitcher. Slice 1 (1-kilo) melon in half. Remove seeds and pulp, and add them to the calamansi mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Strain and transfer liquid back to pitcher.
2 Using a melon stripper, carve strips from melon flesh; add to pitcher. Add 2 tablespoons honey; mix and chill.

Its not too late grow a tree and be the proud owner of it . Happy growing !!

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Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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