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Fig leaves

Fig leaves for dermatological conditions

Dermatological conditions are fast on the increase so those of you who have access to a fig tree, save the leaves. Not only are figs super nutritious and beneficial, their leaves are wonderful for the body as well. Most plants and vegetables have super powered nutrients in their leaves so make sure to do some research before discarding them.

Fig leaves are high in flavonoids and polyphenols, two antioxidants that protect against free radicals. Substances that generate free radicals can be found in our food, medicine, air and water. They are associated with diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and aging.

These leaves can help treat skin conditions like wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo. In addition, they help to normalize the pH of the body. This is a bonus because a more alkaline body removes toxins freely from the liver which clear out several skin issues.

Ways to use fig leaves:

Apply directly to the skin: boil leaves for about 20 minutes and apply to skin once cooled.

Make tea: use dried fig leaves as you would normally brew tea leaves or use the fresh leaves. Boil them for 15 minutes and strain.

Cooking: add the whole leaves next time you make curry or stew and remove once done. The leaves add a delicious flavour.

Bath: steep dried fig leaves in the bathtub for about 10 minutes. Once removed and let cool to a comfortable temperature and soak. This is great for eczema.

People also apply the milky sap from the tree, also known as latex, directly to the skin for treating skin tumours and warts.

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