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Nutrition Benefits of Fig Leaves

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Once used to protect the privacy of Adam and Eve and adorn the bodies of Greeks and Romans, fig leaves are most commonly known for their spiritual and mythical symbolism. Although these large leaves do serve as adequate body coverings, they can also be transformed into a delectable dish. In fact, fi...
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Ginny Queen
Ginny Queen • 1 year ago

Fig leaves for diabetes, triglycerides and bronchitis

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Fig Leaf Tea Health Benefits

  • RaChel Perry

    Comments from others about fig tea I wanted to keep: You probably do not think about the leaves of the fig tree as one of fig's edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu, and for good reason. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect. http://www.whfoods.com/genp... Just a quick search on Yahoo brought this up: Fig leaf tea helps support proper insulin response. Researchers in Spain have shown that fig leaf (ficus carica) tea can help maintain proper insulin levels. It can easily be made using 2 teaspoons of dried cut leaves. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the leaves, cover, and let the brew sit for 10 to 15 minutes before drinking. Drink 1 cup each morning at breakfast. Dried fig leaves can usually be purchased at your local health food store. You can purchase fresh fig leaves at From the Farm.com The actual farm is my sister in laws (not the website). I stumbled across this thread searching for fig leaf tea info. From what I understand so far you simply dry the leaf/leaves and steep in boiling water in a tea infuser or tea ball.

How to make Fig Leaf Tea

  • RaChel Perry

    How to Make and Purchase Fig Leaf Tea for Diabetes Treatment Picture BUY FIG LEAF TEA Fig leaves are a great source for a natural treatment for diabetes. Fig leaves in the past were used only to cook with, but now researchers have shown many benefits of this very simple herbal tea. The figs itself have many benefits which include: - Figs are rich in potassium and fiber, helping to stabilize the blood pressure of the body. The figs contain anti-diabetic and anti-tumor properties. They have calcium, potassium, and soluble fiber, which aids in the reduction of cholesterol. - Figs promote good sleeping habits and protect the person against insomnia. They increase your energy, promote stronger bones, and are helpful in treating constipation, due to their laxative effect. If the leaves are mashed, they can be used as a skin cleanser for acne and pimples. - Figs lessen the acids in the stomach and therefore are great for pregnant women. Figs also increase sexual desire and promote overall longevity and good health., While the leaves are used mainly to treat diabetes they are also used to treat shingles, bronchitis, genital warts, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, ulcers and skin problems. Drinking a simple cup of tea may be just what the doctor ordered. In 2009 studies were performed showing that fig leaf tea would help eliminate diabetes and yet there are very few places where the fig leaves are available. The best source for the fig leaves is My Herbal Products. The owner has organic leaves that she dries and sells by the cup. The remedies vary on how much tea you should drink or need, but the basic recipe calls for 2 teaspoons per cup. Maria suggests 2 tablespoons per liter of water. I believe that both recipes are very good. The idea is to get the best quality leaves possible. Some have resorted to growing their own trees in their back yards. Amazon sells this very cheap tree for $9.99 that you can start with. It will take a few years to get your tree going, but it is a start. It takes many pounds of leaves to get enough tea to be of use. Having enough tea for a few cups is not what you want. You can buy a bigger tree at three times the cost here. The higher price tree cost $34.98 and comes in a 5 x 10 inch container. Until you get your fig trees going, you can order from Maria's website. I suggest ordering a minimum of 2 trees. Fig trees grow to tremendous heights. While using the leaves is your main goal, you can benefit greatly from the figs. I would be lying to you if I did not tell you that not all figs will be of value. Some are just perfect and some will be wasted and fall to the ground. Many will dry the figs and save for use throughout the year. Figs are also used in my memory elixir. You simply need: 2 figs, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Place them in the refrigerator overnight and then in the morning remove the sprigs of rosemary from the stem and blend everything on high and drink. This is a perfect way to increase your memory naturally. I recommend this for patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Picture Buy a Fig Tree Here How to Dry the Leaves You need to let your leaves get full blown. Once the leaves are large, take a paring knife or a knife with a ridged edge and go to your garden. Grab the leaves and cut through the stems. You will see a white sap ease out. Gather all the leaves you can and take them to a large basin and run water over them to wash lightly and then dry the leaves as good as you can. I put them in the washer on spin for just a few minutes to get all the water out. Then in a well lit room in your home, not out of doors, lay down a blanket to dry the leaves on. Your leaves will take a few weeks to dry. A quicker way to dry them is if you cut the leaves into small pieces. Professionals and people like Maria will place the leaves on large screens to dry. Once the leaves are dry, place a few leaves at a time in a food processor. Pulse the leaves to a fine chop. You do not need to make a powder out of them. Refer to the photo at the top of this article. Once your leaves are chopped, store them in glass containers. Keep them in the cabinet away from the sun so the sun does not turn the leaves brown. Drying the leaves in the home will help to keep the perfect green color. Making the Tea Place 2 tablespoons in a liter of water and bring to boil. Boil the leaves for 15 minutes or until the pot of water is half way gone. Remove the tea from the stove and stain the leaves off and drink the tea. You can store the left over tea in the refrigerator until needed. Do this every day and see how your sugar levels go down and down. - See more at: http://www.natural--living....

  • RaChel Perry

    Fig-Leaf Tea Could Help Maintain Proper Insulin LevelsEmail Thursday, June 26th, 2008 Diabetes, Food and Nutrition, Herbal Remedies by The Doctors Health Press Editorial Board The American Diabetes Association estimates that 18.2 million people in America suffer from diabetes. Diabetes will strike one out of every five elderly Americans. Or to look at it another way, half of all people with diabetes are over the age of 60. Diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, and heart failure. When you are diagnosed with diabetes, glucose isn’t moved to the cells where it can be used. Instead, the glucose builds up in your bloodstream, causing blood sugar levels to rise. There are two main types of diabetes: Type I and Type 2. Type I diabetes is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. It affects five percent to 10% of people with diabetes and can start at an early age. When you have Type 1 diabetes, your own immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Medical experts are not sure what causes the immune system to behave this way. It could be caused by an infection, or something in the diet. Treating Type 1 diabetes usually involves the use of insulin shots. However, researchers in Spain have discovered that fig-leaf tea could help maintain proper insulin levels. The research team, all members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital in Madrid, studied the effects of fig-leaf tea on blood glucose. Ten patients with Type 1 diabetes were managed with their usual diabetic diet and their twice daily insulin injection. During the first month, patients were given a fig-leaf tea and, during the next month, a non-sweet commercial tea. Average insulin dose was 12% lower while drinking the fig-leaf tea among the participants. Fig-leaf tea can be made using two teaspoons of dried, cut leaves. Pour one cup of boiling water over the leaves, cover and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes before drinking. Drink one cup each morning at breakfast. Dried fig leaves can usually be purchased at your local health food store

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Nettle leaf tea has many benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic and offers adrenal support. This tea works well iced. Into a 2-cup glass, pour boiled water over about 3/4 of a cup of dried leaves, filling to the top of the glass. Cover and steep for several hours. Strain, then pour the liquid into a pitcher. Fill the pitcher with filtered water and refrigerate. You may also add about a half a cup of dried elderberries to the nettle leaves.

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