The fig tree, scientific name Ficus carica, is a soft woody tree belonging to the Moraceae family . It has alternate leaves, dark green on the ventral side and light green on the dorsal part; its flowers are very small and its fruit, the fig, is well known and appreciated in our country. The benefits of the fig tree go far beyond the fig: its leaves have medicinal properties and can help to treat asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. The active principles of the fig tree include sugars, glucose, sucrose, proteins, mineral salts, vitamins, among others.
The properties of the fig tree
- Mild laxative.
Benefits and indications for use
- Fig leaves contain large amounts of natural insulin, which reduce the need to inject the substance. In this way it is a good remedy for people suffering from diabetes;
- As an important source of potassium, the mineral that is effective in reducing and controlling blood pressure, the fig is indicated for individuals who suffer from hypertension;
- Fig leaves help to reduce triglyceride levels in the body;
- Fig leaf tea is an excellent natural remedy to treat asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments;
- Figs are also an important source of calcium for the body and prevent the loss of this mineral in the urine, which prevents the occurrence of weakening of the bones. For this reason, it is a great food for women who are in their menopausal age.
How to prepare fig tree tea?
To enjoy the benefits provided by the fig tree and its fruit, just follow some of the recipes below, depending on the health condition to be treated.
For coughs, colds and flu: In a teacup of water, add 1 dried fig and 1 tablespoon of chopped dried leaves. Bring to a boil for approximately 5 minutes. Strain and, if you prefer, add honey. The indication for consumption is 1 tablespoon, two to three times a day. For children, only half the dose is indicated.
As a mild laxative: Add 1 dried fig to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it stand overnight. The next morning, on an empty stomach, take the liquid and eat the fig.