Calotropis procera which is commonly known as Apple of Sodom is a species of flowering plant in the milkweed Family. Its genus name comes from the Greek words kalos meaning beautiful and tropos meaning boat in reference to the flowers. It erect in nature grows about 2-5m (max. 6) tall. It is found growing in beach front dunes, roadsides, sand soils, rubbish heaps, cultivated and fallow lands and waste lands.
The fruit is used to stop bleeding or is pressed into wounds and the juice of the fruit can be used to help with toothaches. The stems are made into toothbrushes, which some tribes believe has an anti-bacterial effect. The roots of the shrub are boiled and drunk to relieve stomach pains.
Apple of Sodom is very essential in treating diabetes. For the treatment of diabetes, pluck two leaves of Sodom Apple and place it on the ground, make sure you wear socks and place your feet on it for some hours. This must be done consistently for a week. After this, go for a check up at the clinic or hospital and you will see a remarkable result.
Apple of Sodom also have other culinary benefits. For instance, the Sodom Apple leaf also serves as a coagulant. It is used to make cheese, it coagulate the milk making it come together instead of alum.
One can soak Apple of Sodom leaves inside water, then grind the leaf to extract the milk and use it to wash the 2 breast. After this process, be prepared for a free flow of breast milk. A good relief for nursing mothers.
In treating chicken Pox or Measles, all one needs to do is to grind the leaf, add it original black soap, make sure it is properly mixed and use it to bath. It will dry off the chicken pox.
Below are some other sicknesses and diseases that Sodom Apple can help cure.
1. Malaria - one can cook Sodom apple with lemon grass and lime to treat malaria.
2. Ascites - apply the latex of Sodom locally on the affected areas.
3. Leucoderma - apply the latex of Sodom on the skin patches.
4. Ringworm - apply the milky fluid of the Sodom plant over infected skin.
5. Stings - locally apply the milk fluid of Sodom plant on the damaged skin.
6. Deafness - take a ripe yellow leaf of Sodom. Warm it and squeeze the leaf juice drops in ear. Use it for 2 weeks and you will see remarkable results.
7. Gastroenteritis - roast the leaves of Sodom and apply it locally.
8. Fever - mix equal quantity leaf juice of Sodom with honey. Take one tea spoon of it repeatedly after 1 hour.
9. Aphthous Ulcer - Add 1 tea spoon of honey in same quantity of latex of Sodom plant. Apply it over affected areas.
10. Dental Disease - externally apply later of Sodom plant over dental problems.
There are other herbal treatments one can use Apple of Sodom plants for.
For Abscess - mix the latex of Sodom with Tumeric powder to make a paste. Apply it over the affected areas. One can also soak few carom seeds in the latex of Sodom overnight. Roast the soaked seeds over flame. Grind them to make a fine powder. Mix 1 tea spoon of the powder with Yoghurt. Apply it on the damaged skin.
For Acne - Mix some carom seeds with the milky sap of Sodom and leave it overnight. Roast the soaked seeds and grind them. Mix 1 tea spoon of the powder with the Yoghurt. Apply it on the affected areas.
For Asthma - Take equal quantities of Sodom flowers, clove and black pepper. Grind them together. Mix a pinch of this mixture with lukewarm water. Drink this water once a day. Caution : Do not use in excess as it may cause Diarrhea or vomiting.
For Bronchitis - Grind the root bark of Sodom. Mix it with Date Palm sugar. Take a pinch of it during bedtime with warm milk. Caution : Excess use may cause Diarrhea.
I will encourage us all to do more research on this amazing plant to discover more of the health benefits it can offer.
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