Bitter leaf is scientifically called Vernonia amygdalina and it is a shrub and it’s found in African regions.
In Yoruba language, it is called Ewuro
In Igbo, it is called onugbo. Hausa called it chusar-doki
This herb has various medical and culinary values. It also has vitamins and mineral salts.
It can be used to treat various kinds of diseases and illnesses.
It contains some classes of compounds like steroid glycosides-type, vernonioside B1 which can fight against tumor parasites and bacteria.
It is also used to treat various gastrointestinal disturbances.
Illness like fever and different gastrointestinal problems can be treated with bitter leaf juice.
It can also detoxify the body by cleansing the liver and kidney.
It can be used to treat skin infections like rashes, ringworm, etc.
Most people use bitter leaf for culinary purposes but are unaware of the medicinal value it possesses. The bitter taste is what makes its potency valid.
Benefits of Bitter leaf
1. It helps to treat gastro-intestinal problems.
The herb performs wonders helping relieve stomach upsets such as dysentery, diarrhea. etc.
If you are experiencing stomach upset, just chew the stem of the leaf and you will be fine or you will crush the bitter leaf and drain out the juice and take the solution. It will work out well.
2. It helps to control high blood pressure.
The flavonoids, triterpenoid, glycosides which are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels.
The bitter content in it lowers blood sugar and is highly effective for diabetic and hypertensive patients.
The potassium in bitter leaf helps to flush out excess salt that usually leads to sodium level increase.
3. It also helps in cleansing the liver and kidney.
4. It is an effective solution against skin rash, ringworm and other skin blemishes.
Recent findings suggest that bitter leaves are an antibiotic solution against drug-resistant microorganisms.
You can crush the leaves and make it into a paste on any skin blemish for treatment.
5. It is also used for treating malaria, typhoid.
It has natural quinine. You can boil the leaves for 5 minutes and take the juice, one cup in the morning, afternoon and night.
Do this if you start feeling the symptoms of malaria.
Have you also tried Papaya leaf juice, it also helps to fight and treat malaria?
6. It also boosts fertility.
The chemical properties in this wonder drug helps to detoxify the body from impurities, strengthen the immunity of the body against diseases, boosting the fertility of the ovaries and stopping ovarian cysts and other related problems.
7. It also helps to cure insomnia.
If you are not getting a sufficient amount of sleep your body requires.
Taking bitter leaf juice will help you to overcome such conditions.
Side effects of Bitter leaf
- Too much of it can cause a deficiency in iron.
- Pregnant women should avoid taking the preparation to avoid miscarriages.
How to make bitter leaf Juice.
- You can make bitter leaf by crushing the leaves in a mortar and straining the juicy contents, ready to be taken.
- You can also blend the leaves in a blender. Just add little water. Use a strainer to drain the juice.
Bitter leaves are very bitter, extremely bitter.
It can be taken by either squeezing the juice out of the leaf or made as a soup broth.
The stem can be used to wash the teeth and can be chewed.
Taking this awesome benefit of bitter leaf can tremendously improve your health.
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