Figs are a healing fruit and the health benefits of eating figs are amazing.   They are helpful for asthma, bronchitis, constipation, diabetes, piles, heart disease, lowering cholesterol, anemia, and high blood pressure. They are high in vitamins A, B, C, potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, and high in calcium so they help develop strong bones, (making it an excellent source of calcium for those who are lactose intolerant).  History records show that  figs have been around since 5000 B.C.
It is reported that Galen, a famous Herbalist of the 11th century said, ”If the dried figs were eaten with walnuts and rue before taking a fatal poison, they would preserve against its noxious effects.”  This shows that figs have the ability to pull toxins out of the body.
The best types of figs to eat are fully ripened white figs.  However, dried figs are good as well.  Just be sure when choosing them, to avoid mold or discolorations.  Shipping and handling often causes damages to the fruit.

 

Figs are very cleansing to the kidneys and remove poisons from them.  Figs generate heat and pass quickly through the intestines.  Figs are also known to clear chronic coughs and clear blockages.  If eaten on an empty stomach with almonds and walnuts, will provide a complete meal.
Here are a few facts about Figs;

  • Good for ladies in a family way and for the nursing mothers.  They reduce acid levels, provide richness to the diet and increase the energy.
  • During bouts of fever a small amount of a fig chewed by the patient can bring relief from dryness of the mouth.
  • According to Japanese scientist, figs and fig syrup are good for shrinking tumors
  • Have anti-ulcer and antibacterial properties
  • Useful for mental illness when taken daily
  • Clears obstructions in the liver, gallbladder, and kidney’s
  • Relieves inflammation in the kidneys and bladder
  • Good for sore throats because they are high in mucilage which helps to protect a sore throat.
  • A mixture of figs and honey is very good for coughs.
  • A mixture of powdered fenugreek seeds, honey and figs are helpful for bronchial Asthma

Figs are high in digestive enzymes, they contain the three components of a good diet; proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  Figs are good for weight control, fresh or dried; they are high in fiber which can help to reduce snacking. The nutrients are absorbed more slowly making people feel more satisfied.  The down side is that figs are high in calories, about 50 calories per fig, so one or two with lots of water may have to do.
Figs are also good for insomnia.  They contain a nutrient called tryptophan.  This promotes good sleep and helps the brain use sugars properly; it also encourages and stimulates good circulation throughout the body.

Fig leaves

The leaves have been used also for diabetes, ringworm, warts and shingles. For diabetes a tea is made from the leaves.  For skin infections a tea is made and applied to the skin.

Fig Facials

Figs are also excellent for the skin.  They are very helpful in the ridding of dark circles under the eyes, as well as removing fine lines and wrinkles.  Use them by themselves or combine with  pumpkin if you like. Both of these foods are favorites of our Blessed Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him.

Here is a recipe for radiant skin.

  1. Clean the skin with a ½ teaspoon of yogurt, rinse well.
  2. Scoop the pulp out of a fig. Put this in a mortar and use a pestle to mash the contents, adding a little almond oil until it is smooth enough to apply.

The high enzyme and high vitamin C content help remove impurities and dead skin.  It softens the skin and leaves it feeling youthful and radiant.  Five minutes is long enough for the mask to remain.  Rinse the face and add  moisturizer.

And now you know the amazing benefits of figs!

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