Monday, June 21, 2010

Avocado Leaves for Treatment of Coughs, Sore Throat, and Fever Pains


Here in the Philippines, a popular fruit after summer during the rainy season is avocado. The tree is plentiful in the country but it is not native to the islands. It was introduced here by explorers of the 16th century - likely Portuguese and Spanish sailors who have visited South America in the New World, where the avocado originated. The avocado fruit is delicious with soft flesh that's mild and creamy. It's high in protein and fat, and is ideal eaten from the skin and for salads and shakes.

Unknown to many Filipinos, the leaves and bark of the avocado tree (left) is also used for the easing of coughs, sore throat, and fever pains. All one has to do is to clean at least three leaves and then boil them in a pan for a few minutes. The reddish tea that results has a fine, sweet, and soothing taste that's relaxing as much as it is physically healing. Drink a cup at least once a day for a few days or until you feel much better. You can add sugar if you want to, but it's not needed, especially if you are on a diet. The scientific name of the avocado is Persea Americana.

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