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- John F Kennedy
So today's post is about Bitter Leaf, another marvelous plant I learnt about whilst living in Nigeria. So lets get to learning about this plant.
-The scientic name is Vernonia amygdalina and it is a leafy shrub or small tree that can reach over 20 ft when fully grown.
- It can grow anywhere
- Every part of the plant is bitter from leaves, roots and stems.
- has a high amount of zinc
- it is said to be anti malaria
- it is said to be anti cancerous
- it is said to be anti bacteral
- it is said to be anti parasite
- Useful in toning vital organs such as liver and kindey
- Great for diabetic patients as it lowers the sugar levels as well as said to repair the pancreas
- This leaf is used in herbal treatments for ailments such as fevers and vector borne diseases.
- The plant is great for menopausal women because it takes care of symtons such as hot flashes, and rheuratism.
How to use Bitter leaf
- In some African countries- Nigeria, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana - it is a major food vegetable.
- In Thailand (Chopoo) and Lao (E-lert) it is eaten raw, as soup or as salad
- It can be eaten raw or used to make a strong soup.
- adding honey to the tea takes away some of the bitterness
- also by boiling the leaves and making it into a soup also takes away some bitterness, or it can be added to another soups like spinach.
Other uses for Bitter leaf
- Some women in Africa rub the leave on breasts to wean babies off breast milk
- Other people use the seeds as an aphrodiasc
-Some people use the stem for dental hygiene
Bitter leaf can be bought in most African food shops and as well as Asian/Chinese shops. In Stockholm, there is a Chinese Bitter leaf.
So there you have it. Now you know a little bit more about Bitter leaf. Its an overall tonic that can be taken even if you don't suffer from any ailments.
Blessings, Peace and Learning