What Trees Has The Most Healing Properties?
Most of the fruit, ornamental, and even boring-looking trees around us today possess great healing proficiency that we are ignorant of.
Very few trees are without medical characteristics.
For edible fruit trees, only the fruits are consumed and this is because of the unawareness about the benefits encapsulated within other parts of the trees.
Illnesses ranging from small-time fevers, headaches, and stomach upsets to big-time disorders in the body could surprisingly be cured by that one tree you’ve always overlooked in your neighborhood.
Sour Sop Tree
The soursop sometimes called the prickly custard apple belongs to the family Annonaceae. It is a small tree that grows up to a height of about 7meters.
The leaves are smooth and pointed at both ends. The greenish-yellow flowers are solitary and quite large. The fruit may be large and generally ovoid and sometimes pear-shaped and covered in thorn-like structures. The pulp is fleshy, soft, white, and fibrous.
The taste may be unlikeable to some persons because of its sour taste.
Useful Parts: The fruit, the tree bark, the leaves, the flowers.
Aside from the medicinal and nutritional qualities of the fruit itself, the leaves, flowers, and tree bark are also useful.
- The leaves and flowers in infusion (the liquid extracted out containing the ingredients within the solid material) are used for kidney problems.
- The flowers are antispasmodic; they help reduce convulsions.
- The unripe fruit and bark are used for dysentery
- The ripe fruit and tree bark are recommended in cases of constipation, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The popular orange tree belongs to the plant family Rutaceae. The leaves are oval, alternate, and have a deep green color. The fruit is round and green and turns yellow or orange (depending on the species or environment) when ripe. The juice of the fruit is sweet.
Useful Parts: The fruit, the flowers, the leaves, the rind.
- Constant consumption of the fruit strengthens the stomach and increases urination. It also purifies the blood.
- The rind of the fruit when made into a tonic expels gas
- The infusion of the dried flowers is recommended for stress or nervousness
- The juice acts as a laxative because it stimulates the digestive organs. It also enhances appetite.
- The infusion of the leaves mixed with honey can be used in controlling cough.
- Freshly cut rind, when rubbed on the face, is a good remedy for acne.
- The leaves can help regulate blood sugar, and also aid in weight loss.
The milk bush is normally a shrub but will grow into a full tree if left undisturbed.
It produces a large number of green, weak, cylindrical branches that diffuse in all directions. Small linear leaves may be seen during the rainy seasons.
As most people would think, it does not belong to the cacti group even though it is very succulent, and will release milky latex at the slightest injury to the stem.
Useful Parts; The stem, the milky latex
- The latex works as a powerful laxative and helps to cure whooping cough, asthma, leprosy, and bladder stones.
- The milky latex also helps to get rid of warts, by applying the milky latex over them.
- An alcoholic extract of the aerial parts of the plant may be used to take care of rheumatism, neuralgia, and dysentery.
This is a very common ornamental tree, although most people know it by the name of Masquerade tree. It belongs to the family Annonaceae.
The trunk of the tree grows straight without any bend, and It produces many small branches that grow acropetally but droop downwards.
If you happen to find this tree, which you most likely would, it would be of importance to know that aside from its aesthetic effect, wind control influence, its bark is also very medicinal.
- The bark can be used to treat skin diseases by infusion and application on the affected area.
- The decoction of the bark is used to treat diabetes and enhance weight loss.
- It is also effective in removing worms from the intestines.
The guava tree belongs to the plant family Myrtaceae. The tree is found in the backyard of many houses, produces well-known and edible fruits that are pear-shaped or as round as the size of a golf ball (depending on the species). The fruits turn yellow or very light green when ripe and are rich in vitamin C and fiber.
The part useful aside from the fruit is the Leaves.
- The young leaves and shoots are used in decoction for dysentery, inflammation of the kidney, and diarrhea.
- The same decoction is good as a wash for ulcers, vaginal and uterine problems, and cuts.
- The mature leaves are recommended for gastroenteritis, uterine hemorrhage, chronic diarrhea, and edema.
- It has also been known to work for spasms, fever, epilepsy, and cerebral affections.
The clove tree belongs to the plant family Myrtaceae. This aromatic tree has flowers that are red and white when developed but are usually harvested before they open. They are dried in the sun, and the yellowish-colored buds are changed into dark brown.
The dried buds are what we use in the kitchen as a spice.
Useful Parts; The dry flowering buds, the leaves.
- By chewing 1 or 2 cloves and swallowing the juice, gas from the stomach and intestine will be expelled. It also helps with digestion.
- For muscular cramps, apply clove oil, or infusion from the leaves over the painful parts.
- To counter bronchitis, boil 10 gloves and a few leaves in a cup of water and drink with honey.
- Tea of cloves, or just chewing cloves, can help relieve nausea and vomiting.
The tamarind tree, commonly referred to as ‘amoge’ in some local areas, belongs to the family Fabaceae or Leguminosae. The tree usually grows slowly but becomes very large at maturity. Its characteristics include compound leaves which bear about 20 – 30 leaflets each, which are evergreen. The trunk of the tree is a mix of black and grey, and also scaly. The flowers are yellowish and produce a pod that is curved into a semi-circle with brittle shells. The ripe pods are harvested for consumption, making jellies, syrups, and other refreshments.
Useful Parts; The bark, the leaves, the flowers, and the fruit.
- The consumption of tamarind fruit works as an anti-asthmatic, carminative, and calmative.
- The young leaves are recommended for inflammatory swelling in the joints, ankles, and knees.
- The flowers in infusion make a good wash for infections of the eye, and when taken internally can be used to cure piles.
- The bark of the tree is used to treat obesity and diabetic conditions.
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