How to Make and Purchase Fig Leaf Tea for Diabetes Treatment
BY SAMANTHA DAVIS
Fig leaves are a great source for a natural treatment for diabetes. Fig leaves in the past were used only to cook with, but now researchers have shown many benefits of this very simple herbal tea. The figs itself have many benefits which include:
– Figs are rich in potassium and fiber, helping to stabilize the blood pressure of the body. The figs contain anti-diabetic and anti-tumor properties. They have calcium, potassium, and soluble fiber, which aids in the reduction of cholesterol.
– Figs promote good sleeping habits and protect the person against insomnia. They increase your energy, promote stronger bones, and are helpful in treating constipation, due to their laxative effect. If the leaves are mashed, they can be used as a skin cleanser for acne and pimples.
– Figs lessen the acids in the stomach and therefore are great for pregnant women. Figs also increase sexual desire and promote overall longevity and good health.,
In 2009 studies were performed showing that fig leaf tea would help eliminate diabetes and yet there are very few places where the fig leaves are available. The best source for the fig leaves is My Herbal Products. The owner has organic leaves that she dries and sells by the cup.
The remedies vary on how much tea you should drink or need, but the basic recipe calls for 2 teaspoons per cup. Maria suggests 2 tablespoons per liter of water. I believe that both recipes are very good. The idea is to get the best quality leaves possible. Some have resorted to growing their own trees in their back yards.
Amazon sells this very cheap tree for $9.99 that you can start with. It will take a few years to get your tree going, but it is a start. It takes many pounds of leaves to get enough tea to be of use. Having enough tea for a few cups is not what you want. You can buy a bigger tree at three times the cost here.
The higher price tree cost $34.98 and comes in a 5 x 10 inch container. Until you get your fig trees going, you can order from Maria’s website. I suggest ordering a minimum of 2 trees. Fig trees grow to tremendous heights. While using the leaves is your main goal, you can benefit greatly from the figs. I would be lying to you if I did not tell you that not all figs will be of value. Some are just perfect and some will be wasted and fall to the ground.
Many will dry the figs and save for use throughout the year. Figs are also used in my memory elixir. You simply need: 2 figs, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Place them in the refrigerator overnight and then in the morning remove the sprigs of rosemary from the stem and blend everything on high and drink. This is a perfect way to increase your memory naturally. I recommend this for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
How to Dry the Leaves
You need to let your leaves get full blown. Once the leaves are large, take a paring knife or a knife with a ridged edge and go to your garden. Grab the leaves and cut through the stems. You will see a white sap ease out. Gather all the leaves you can and take them to a large basin and run water over them to wash lightly and then dry the leaves as good as you can. I put them in the washer on spin for just a few minutes to get all the water out.
Then in a well lit room in your home, not out of doors, lay down a blanket to dry the leaves on. Your leaves will take a few weeks to dry. A quicker way to dry them is if you cut the leaves into small pieces. Professionals and people like Maria will place the leaves on large screens to dry. Once the leaves are dry, place a few leaves at a time in a food processor. Pulse the leaves to a fine chop. You do not need to make a powder out of them. Refer to the photo at the top of this article.
Once your leaves are chopped, store them in glass containers. Keep them in the cabinet away from the sun so the sun does not turn the leaves brown. Drying the leaves in the home will help to keep the perfect green color.
Making the Tea
Place 2 tablespoons in a liter of water and bring to boil. Boil the leaves for 15 minutes or until the pot of water is half way gone. Remove the tea from the stove and stain the leaves off and drink the tea. You can store the left over tea in the refrigerator until needed. Do this every day and see how your sugar levels go down and down.