Health Benefits of Fig Leaves
According to MedicalDaily.com, fig leaves provide the following health benefits:
- Benefit #1: High fiber content.
- Benefit #2: Helps those with Diabetes.
- Benefit #3: Lowers High Blood pressure.
- Benefit #4: Increases bone density.
- Benefit #5: Lowers Triglycerides.
So, before your leaves fall off the tree (and anytime during the growing season) make sure you pick a few to dry. It won’t take many to have a year’s supply for use in fig leaf tea.
How to dry fig leaves
It couldn’t be easier to dry fig leaves. Of course you can put them in your dehydrator, but there really is no need to. Simply tie them up by the stems and allow them to dry. It only takes day or two.
I like to dry most of my herbs in my pantry simply by hanging them with twine and clothes pins.
For this tea I decided to grab the peppermint leaves drying next to the fig leaves.
I put them in a gallon size ziplock bag to crush them (you can reuse it over and over again).
Once crushed, pour them out onto a newspaper to take out all of the stems.
Finally pick up the newspaper and pour them into a jar for storage. EASY!
Basic Instructions for Fig Leaf and Mint Tea
For the tea, simply steep a tablespoon full in boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain it and drink.
Add fig leaves to any herbal tea to compound the benefits. Peppermint itself helps treat so many things from irritable bowel syndrome to decreased prostate cancer growth. Check out this site, GreenMedInfo.com.
Fig leaf tea on its own has a mild, fresh flavor that is enhanced with a drop of honey. This is something you can drink every day and feel good about.