Catch some luck with fig tree

Written By Sandra on Saturday, 8 March 2008 | 22:11

Fig tree (L. Ficus carica) is appreciated southern fruit. It symbolizes life, peace, prosperity and richness. According to the old Roman belief Romul and Rem were born under the fig tree, and Adam and Eve made their first cloths of fig leaves. In some countries fresh and immature fig juice is used for preparing special cheese for young breastfeeding mothers without milk. Fig leaf represents lust and sexuality and, my dear ladies, if you want to put a spell on your lover, you can try it with fig tree.

We saw that fig has many recognized features, but one of its’ most important characterises is benefit for health in any way – you can use it if you have problems with constipation or toothache, coughing, sore throat…there are even information that fig can cure some types of tumours. Some people believe that fig tree brings good luck and protects gamblers.

I could continue numbering fig’s “good and lively” attributes, but I think I must focus on health issue. I’ll start with proven, everyday story from my life – my husband had problem with kidney stones ever since he was in high school. He was in hospital twice because of that. Unfortunately, he was caught in the middle of the war in Bosnia when he got kidney attack and he couldn’t go to a hospital or doctor. He came across a woman who told to use fig tree leaves to heal. Recipe is very simple – you take one leaf and boil it in one litre of water for minute or two, drink that tea through the day and repeat this procedure for 4 or 5 days. It saved many people from going to a hospital and operation. He continued drinking that tea every year or two, just as a precaution.

I must add that fig tree is rich with calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and potassium. Both fresh and dried figs contain lots of pectin (melting fibre) which can help you reduce your cholesterol. Magnesium is very strong in our everyday fight against stress (and we all know that today’s No. 1 enemy is stress) so eating figs will help us reduce depression, anxiety and even PMS. Fig is great fuel for our brain because it has almost 60 % of natural sugar (fructose), and fresh figs are almost 80 % of water…I guess that’s enough reason for me to take one fig (dried) right this moment. Cheers…and to spoil this story just a little bit – that white powder covering dried figs isn’t sugar, it is some kind of fungus that can cause headaches and stomach ache, so if you want to eat them, you must wash them in hot water first.


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