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Why Do Indians Hang Lemon & Chilli In Homes

#CULTURE: Here’s why you find lemon and chilli hanging around homes.

Long ago, the technology was not that advanced so pesticides weren’t readily available. Our ancestors used to tie lemon and chilli above doors of their shops or home to keep away the mosquitoes and insects because they used to live in the homes made up of mud and stones.

Lemon and Chilli are very rich in vitamin C so when a lemon and chilli are pierced with cotton thread, the fluid (acid from the lemon) releases giving off lemon odour. This smell helps to repel bugs from shops and homes and in the same way,

Chilli too is remedial as it acts as germ-killer when hung outside.

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