A Wonder Fruit: 5 Health Benefits of Kamias You Probably Don’t Know
A tree of usually 5 to 10 meters high, with short trunks which quickly divides into many smaller branches, leaves of 3 to 6 cm long, Averrhoa bilimbi also known as bilimbi or cucumber tree, is a fruit-bearing tree of the genus Averrhoa, family Oxalidaceae. It is commonly refered to as kamias in the Philippines and is used in a variety of ways.
Kamias is not a new thing in the Philippines. In fact, it is very common to the point of almost every household has at least one kamias tree in their backyard.
Kamias is usually prepared as an ingredient of Filipino dishes, and it can also be eaten raw.
It is quite amusing, though, that while Filipinos are very familiar with kamias, many only see it as food and are still clueless about its diverse medical purposes.
What others don’t know is that aside from the nutrients that we can get just by merely eating kamias.
These includes Vitamins B and C, iron, phosphorus, fiber, and antioxidant, there is so much more to this fruit that can be very beneficial to us.
Kamias has a lot of healing compounds coming not only from its roots and stems, but also from its flowers and fruits. There’s no arguing, kamias really is a mighty fruit.
Now, if you are part of the population who are still unaware of the magic this fruit could bring, you better take down notes and remember these well.
Some Filipino locals from different provinces are familiar with kamias’ healing power. They use it as an alternative to treat ailments, inflammations, fevers, and many other different sickness.
Here are the other health problems and the procedure of treatments that kamias can offer us:
Treating cough: Coughs are normal sickness that everyone experiences. The leaves and fruit of kamias are very effective on relieving coughs.
How is that possible, you may ask. Simply by mixing a few grains of fennel, three (3) grains of kamias, and lastly, sugar. After you are done with that, boil the mixture in an hour then wait for it to cool down before you filter it.
It is also advisable to drink this twice a day for fast results, one in the morning and another one at night. Just be sure to drink it in an empty stomach!
Tired of your Acne? No problem!: Many, especially girls, usually freak out whenever they see a tiny, red spot on their face. To solve this, why don’t you try the old, natural, traditional but effective way and use kamias?
This mighty fruit stores a lot of acid and its acidic property can definitely help you get rid of your acne problems. All you have to do is crush the kamias into fine powder then apply it to the area where your acne is.
It may hurt a little when put it on your face since it contains acid but there is no need for you to worry. It’s just the plant making its magic.
Treating toothache: Let’s face it. We were all once, if not always, scared of going to the dentist. But there is no need to fear now because kamias is a fruit that can keep us from having toothache, much better than any medicine that we can get on pharmacies or drugstores.
As easy as 1-2-3, just crush a kamias fruit and apply it to the part where it hurts. Wait for about an hour then cleanse it with warm water.
Easy, right? It also allows us to save up a little because we won’t have to spend money to buy medicine
Treating stiffness and muscle pain: the next time you feel muscle pain, there is no need to panic or worry anymore.
Yujust take a handful of kamias leaves, one (1) grain of its fruit, ten (10) grains of cloves, and lastly, fifteen (15) grains of peppercorns. Diced and mix all the ingredients together, add some vinegar, and there you have it.
All that is left is to just put the ointment on the spot where you usually experience muscle pains.
Rheumatic Pain: It is no secret to us that our bones and joints are getting weaker and weaker as we grow older.
What we need to strengthen our bones and to cure rheumatic pains is calcium, which is the primary nutrient that we can get from kamias.
We only need one grain of kamias and a handful of kamias leaves. Crush and mix them together and after you are through with that, add whiting and mix them again together.
Apply it to the spot in pain for at least 2 to 3 times a day to have better and faster results. Just remember to refrain from doing any activity, especially those that will put a lot of strain to your bones.
Kamias or bilimbi is probably one of the most underrated fruits in the world but it is truly a gift of nature.
Its amount of nutrients may not be as much as that of other fruits, but it has greater properties and a diverse healing compound that can be used to treat different kinds of sickness and common health issues.
This mighty fruit makes cheaper medication possible and it save us from the trouble of spending a lot of money just to be cured.
So the next time you see a kamias somewhere, or of you have one in your backyard, remember to appreciate it because it will surely come in handy someday. It will help you in so many ways.