Household Uses of Kamias
Kamias is a highly acidic fruit that grows mostly in Southeast Asia. Long used as an addition to meat, fish or curry dishes in Indonesia, India, Thailand and across Southeast Asia, Kamias has many other uses in the household and can be a valuable asset in cleaning and medical capacities.
Kamias juice is rich in oxalic acid, making it ideal for keeping a knife blade clean or restoring the luster to rusted brass. Kamias juice can also effectively clean hand stains can also when soap and water can't get the job done.
Though not used in Western medicine, cultures that reside in the areas where Kamias grows naturally have long used Kamias as a traditional remedy for many ailments. They ingest the Kamias fruit for respiratory or digestive problems or use it topically as a treatment for insect bites, swelling or rheumatism. People also turn flesh of the Kamias fruit into a paste or ferment the leaves for medicinal uses.
Kamias juice can act as a mordant, an essential component of fabric dyes that actually sets the color onto the fabric. Traditionally in Southeast Asia, Kamias juice is used in orange dyes on silk fabrics.
Though almost never available in stores for use as lumber and rarely used for carpentry, the white, soft, lightweight wood of the Kamias tree works in any wood-building project.
Eoghan McCloskey is a technical support representative and part-time musician who holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and political science from Texas State University. While at Texas State, McCloskey worked as a writing tutor at the Texas State Writing Center, proofreading and editing everything from freshman book reports to graduate theses.