Bitter leaf has been gaining popularity for years because of its amazing properties. Beside being used as a vegetable to make some tasty Nigerian meals it has numerous health benefits that you might not be aware of.
Bitter leaf is an herb plant whose botanical name is Vernonia Amugdalina. Vernonia itself is a genus of about 1000 species of shrubs family Asteraceae and the name of vernonia came from the English botanist, William Vernon. This Plant is called onugbo in the Igbo language and Ewuro in Yoruba language. It is known for having intense purple flowers.
Bitter leaf is known to contain a lot of useful nutrients, these includes alkaloids, anthraquinones, ascorbic acid, calcium, chlorogeni, cooper, coumarins, essential oil, flavonoids, folic acid, iron, liganans, minerals, myricetin, phenolic acid, phosphorus, potassium, protein, saponins, sesquiterpenes, steroids, tannic acid, terpene, vitamin C, vitamins, xanthones, and zinc. Don’t be surprised, as usual, this herb plants always have a lot of nutrients.
It is amazing to know that this leaf can be used for treatment of different ailments such as stomach ache, typhoid, anorexia, ascaris, breast cancer, breast milk, cancer, constipation, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, eczema, dysentery, fever, hepatitis, high blood pressure, insomnia, indigestion, malaria, menopause, nausea, ringworm, piles, obesity, schistosomiasis, skin diseases, skin rashes, wounds, and vomiting.
Below are a details of the uses of bitter leaf as regards our health.
1. It is used for reducing sugar level
Andrographolide is a main substance contained in bitter leaf. This nutrient can help to reduce levels of sugar in peoples blood. According to research, bitter leaf decoction can lower blood glucose levels. It can help to increase sensitivity to body insulin. So that why not to begin eat bitter leaf as a diets for health purpose, especially to treat diabetes. Here is a step how to make bitter leaf as a diabetes drug.
- Take fresh bitter leaf approximately 5 gr.
- Add 1 cup of hot water
- Let it cold first then filtered
- Drink this distillate daily, 2 times a day as much in the morning and evening, after meals
2. It can be used to lower hypertension
High blood pressure is a silent killer that is a leading cause of death. It does not show symptoms, this blood pressure problem can kill someone suddenly. The good news is that bitter leaf can be used to tackle it, this is because the leaf contains potassium. High potassium in bitter leaf will be useful to remove water and salt to treat hypertension.
You can use all of parts of the plant including the roots. Wash and boil bitter leafs in 3 cups of water as much as usual. Stop boiling until the water is one quarter . Then once filtered, as much as ¾ cup cooking water is drunk. Drink it twice a day.
3. It can be used to decrease temperature
Bitter leaf nutrients like andrographolide lactones, glucosides, fiterpene, and flavonoids which can decrease tension of body and of course serve to reduce temperature. First of all, boil 10 grams of dried bitter leaf, 25 grmas dried turmeric tuber (2.5 thumbs), and 200 cc of water. Boil them until the water seethe and stay on 100 cc. strain it immediately. When still warm, add 100 cc mahogany cotton flower honey. Then, drink it thrice daily.
4. It can be used for treatment of malaria
Malaria is a burden to nigerians, it is caused by parasite plasmodium. An average Nigerian treats malaria almost every three months. Bitter leaf also has a substance which is effective to tackle this illness because of its antibacterial properties. To cure Malaria with bitter leaf, this is steps you can do.
- A handful of bitter leaf boiled in 4 cups of water.
- Allow up to 2 cups of water. Drink it three times a day
6. It is used for treating respiratory tract infections
Have you ever experienced respiratory tract infections? Respiratory tract infections are infections that invade the human respiratory tract. Respiratory infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or other organisms. Secondary bacterial infections can also occur in patients with upper respiratory tract infections or bottom.
Bitter leaf to cure this respiratory problem because of its antibacterial properties. Follow the following steps to use bitter leaf to treat respiratory tract infections;
- Take dried bitter leaf
- Boil in water till one quarter of the water is remaining
- Then chill and filtered it
- Drink it 2 times a day, ½ cup for each drink
7. Bitter Leaf for healthy skin
Bitter leaf is also good for a glowing skin. it contains andografin, androfolit, and pani culin which are natural antibiotics. They help the body to reduce the risk of skin aging and against the effect of free radicals. The extract of bitter leaf also able to increase the body’s defense to against infection that decrease the quality of the organs in the body, including the skin tissue.
As we know, there are so many skin problems. Some of them can be cured by bitter leaf. Then, how to do with bitter leaf for this purpose. Here is the complete step you can follow.
- Put 1 gr bitter leaf and 1 gr ginger root fragrant
- Mix all ingredients until it smooth, look like powder
- Dilute the mixture with water
- Drink it twice daily
Bitter leaf as useful as it is have some side effects if not consumed in the right quantities. Please underlying this; Bitter life is safe to be consumed in the right amounts or portions.