Figs - the widely known fig tree fig tree fruit. The healing properties of figs are difficult to underestimate. Residents of the Caucasus and southern regions of Russia know figs as a small purple pear-shaped fruit with delicate creamy flesh, and everyone else loves dried fruits from figs - honey with crispy flesh. By the way, if you buy fresh figs in the supermarket, you will most likely be disappointed, you can enjoy this fragrant fig only in the south.
Figs - a symbol of fertility and longevity. The fig tree can bear fruit for up to 200 years. Figs tasty and healthy, used in cooking, nutrition and cosmetology. If you are tired and feel bad - eat a fig, a sweet berry will restore vigor and energy, at least so claimed the warriors of Alexander the Great.
What is included in the figs?
Both fresh and dried figs contain fructose and other sugars, acetic, citric and malic acids, saturated fatty acids, vitamins A, C, B, and trace elements.
Useful properties of figs
The beneficial properties of dried figs are identical to those of fresh figs.
- It has a diuretic and diaphoretic effect;
- Restores the body after poisoning, as it normalizes the activity of the gastrointestinal tract and improves the functioning of the liver and kidneys;
- A gruel of figs heals wounds;
- Treats cough, relieves inflammation in the throat;
- Lowers the temperature;
- Lowers cholesterol;
- It treats anemia, so during menstruation should lean on figs;
- It has a preventive and therapeutic effect in cardiovascular diseases;
- Treats constipation;
- Helps to get rid of corns when applied externally.
Best of all, the medicinal properties of figs are manifested when they are combined with milk.
Fig: useful properties during pregnancy
Fig has a laxative effect, therefore during pregnancy you can eat 2 - 3 fig berries before eating on an empty stomach. It is better not to get carried away with dried fruits from figs during pregnancy, even such a useful product can lead to weight gain.
To whom the fig is contraindicated:
- Patients with diabetes;
- With gout;
- In acute diseases of the digestive tract.
Useful properties of figs in traditional medicine, recipes
Bronchitis well treats figs, boiled in milk within 10 minutes. On 25 gr. figs taken a glass of milk. You need to drink the cooled infusion three times a day. The remains of a mixture of milk with figs can be used for cosmetic purposes - to wipe the face, use as a mask for hair.
A decoction of 2 glasses of milk and 6 fig berries will help restore the voice.. Boil figs in the milk should be as long as one of the two glasses will remain. To restore the voice you need to drink 60 ml of broth 4 times a day.
There are two amazing recipes for using figs in cosmetology. Ash figs mixed with vegetable oil can be painted over gray hair. This, of course, is not about the ashes of dried fruit. Ash figs in a mixture with glycerin can whiten and strengthen teeth.
How to dry figs?
Brew fresh or dried figs. It is better to dry the figs with white flesh and golden skin. Dried small fruits of figs in the sun 4 days tip up. Delicious berries contain up to 900 seeds. It is from dried figs that ash is made useful for cosmetic procedures. Fresh figs are not stored for a long time, this explains the impossibility of transporting tasty and fragrant figs, so it has to be dried.
Fig for weight loss
Despite its beneficial properties, calorie fig 257 kcal, therefore, they should not get carried away, especially build a diet around the fig. The only thing if you are dieting and you want sweet, eat one fig berry. You can add dried fruits from figs in muesli. However, southerners can arrange fasting days on fresh fruits of figs.
Eat fresh figs, dried fruits from figs, use fig ash in cosmetology, especially if this fabulous fruit grows in your garden and be healthy.