Tomato Medicinal Properties: Tonsillitis and Nephritis Natural Remedy
(Lycopersicon esculentum) Tomato is a much-loved vegetable all over the world. It belongs to the plant family Solanaceae and is a hairy, upright or creeping, tropical herb or vine. It grows wild in some places, but generally it is cultivated in vegetable gardens, as a field crop or in green houses. The leaves are very irregular in shape. The small yellow flowers, sometimes in clusters, produce a berry, which turns red when ripe. This berry is the edible tomato, which finds its place in almost every home, vegetable market or in department stores after it has been turned into pulp and preserved as ketchup in bottles or jars.
Parts Used: The fruits and leaves
Active Principles: Glucose and fructose, sucrose and ketoheptose, essential amino acids, citric acid, carotenoids, B-carotene and lycopene, gluco-alkaloid, tomatine and trace of solanine, narcotine, B-globulin and a-globulin, tomatindine, amides
- Prevents scurvy, has a soothing effect, is antitoxic, disinfectant, laxative and tonic
- Constipation, scrofula or tuberculosis of the lymph glands in the neck, neuritis or inflammation of a nerve, liver problems, mental strain, arthritis, polyneuritis or inflammation of several nerves, rheumatism and indigestion
- Burns, sunburns, insect bites, piles, tumors, swollen eyes, warts, corns and wounds
- Soothing poultice for inflammations in general
- Tonsillitis and throat inflammations
- Nephritis or inflammatory disease of the kidney
How to Use
- The consumption of tomato prevents scurvy, has a soothing effect on the body, and is antitoxic, disinfectant, laxative, and tonic.
- Tomatoes, when fully ripe, are recommended for constipation, scrofula or tuberculosis of the lymph glands in the neck, neuritis, liver problems, mental strain, arthritis, polyneuritis or inflammation of several nerves, rheumatism and indigestion. It should be eaten in abundance but not mixed with starch.
- Externally used, the ripe tomatoes are applied directly over burns, sunburns, insect bites, piles, tumors, swollen eyes, warts, corns and wounds.
- The pounded leaves are used as a soothing and softening poultice for inflammations.
- The juice of the green tomato makes a good gargle for tonsillitis and general inflammation of the throat.
- The juice of the ripe fruit mixed with celery juice is recommended for nephritis or inflammatory disease of kidney. For this take 2 or 3 cups a day.
Note: Studies have proved that tomatoes in the form of salads should be fully ripe, otherwise they have a harmful effect on the liver and kidneys, and may cause constipation. Vinegar and lemon juice must not be used with tomatoes because the oxalic acid they contain when mixed with other acids may produce a toxic effect.