Fig Tree Herbal Properties: Arthritic Swellings Remedy
(Ficus carica) From ancient times the Fig tree has been used as a home remedy for simple ailments. The shrubby, deciduous Fig tree belongs to the plant family Moraceae or Urticaceae and grows up to 7-8 meters high. The wood is quite soft and contains milky latex. The cordate or palmate leaves are alternate, long-petioled, and usually 3 to 5 lobed. The fleshy inflorescence called fig, contains very tiny seeds. The ripe edible figs are generally greenish-purple, black, or other similar colors, depending on the variety. Dry figs are highly nutritive and contain iron, copper, zinc, vitamins A and C and inverted sugar or an equimolecular mixture of glucose and fructose.
Parts Used: Stem, latex, leaves and fruit
- Relieves inflammation, laxative, purifies the blood
- Throat infection, clears bronchi of mucous
- Gum boils, ulcers of the mouth, and as an expectorant
- Bladder and kidney stones
- Removes spots on the face
- Dandruff and warts
- Sores and boils
- Arthritic swellings
- Uterine hemorrhage, diarrhea and dysentery
How to Use
- The consumption of ripe figs relieves inflammation, acts as a laxative and purifies the blood.
- The decoction of the ripe fig is a good gargle for irritations of the throat. For colds, the same decoction is used to clear and soothe the bronchi of mucous.
- The roasted figs have been used over gum boils and ulcers of the mouth. The dried figs are expectorant. Chew one or two tender leaves and leaf buds frequently and wash the mouth with warm water.
- Fresh figs are recommended for those who suffer from bladder or kidney stones. Boil six figs in one teacup of water. Drink daily for a month. Caution: This is not recommended for diabetics and for those who have spleen and liver problems.
- Soak dry figs overnight and use the water as a wash for spots on the face.
- The above-mentioned water mixed with a little vinegar and salt is recommended for dandruff and as a cure for warts. The application of fresh latex is also a good remedy for warts.
- The juice of the leaves and stems is applied locally over boils and sores.
- The latex of the tree is efficiently used for toothache. It is introduced into the cavity by drops.
- For arthritic swellings, apply the fresh latex (milky substance) from the tree on the affected areas.
- The infusion of the leaves together with plantain leaves is given for uterine hemorrhage, diarrhea, and dysentery.
Note: Health conscious people say that the decoction of the leaves promotes health, makes a delicious beverage, and is a good substitute for coffee and tea.