Among other things, they have a beneficial effect on digestion and osteoporosis.
In more and more countries, common fig (Ficus carica) is no longer considered an exotic plant, it bears fruit even in the temperate zone during the increasingly hot summers. Fig tree is among the oldest cultivated plants. It can be seen in 4,500-year-old Egyptian depictions, and it is equally widespread in the East and the Mediterranean region.
It has been known not only as a delicious fruit, but also as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. Already in ancient Rome, it was consumed with pleasure, for example after sports events to treat exhaustion. It can be used both internally and externally.
The nutritional value of fig is high, the fruits contain large amounts of fructose, protein, fat, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and trace elements. The fresh fruit is rich in vitamins C, A and B, which is why it is effective against fatigue. Thanks to its high fiber content, it has an excellent effect on digestion and prevents constipation. Freshly picked fruits spoil quickly, so you better eat them as soon as possible. Figs can be used to make dried fruit and jam.
Fig seeds have a laxative effect. Folk medicine uses it for sore throats and earaches, and respiratory complaints. Its medicinal effect is very diverse, not only does it help the heart function better, but it is also excellent for digestive and heartburn complaints. Known as an immune booster, it is also consumed to normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also recommended for diabetics and against osteoporosis, primarily due to its calcium content.
According to traditional medicine, one of the surprising effects of fig (more precisely, the milky sap of the fig tree) is that it helps get rid of warts, helps with skin problems and acne-prone skin.
Not only the fruit, but also the tea made from the dried leaves of the fig tree has long been used in folk medicine. Fig leaf tea is recommended for controlling blood pressure, for diabetics, against osteoporosis and digestive problems, and as a cure for liver cirrhosis, bronchitis, and hemorrhoids. It is recommended to consume 1 cup of it per day.
It can also be used externally as a tincture or poultice for warts and hemorrhoids.
Please note that the medicinal use of the fruits and leaves of the fig tree is based on folk observations. If you have any health issues, always consult your doctor first!