Bilimbi

Bilimbi, often also called vegetable or acid starfruit, is a kind of a small tree estimated to come from the Moluccas and cultivated in Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

This plant is commonly grown in the garden to take the fruit. The fruit has a sour taste often used as a cooking spice and herb mixture.

The tree can reach five to ten meters. The main stem is short, and the branches are lower. The trunk is wavy. The leaves are compound, alternate, 30 to 60 cm long, and clustered at the ends of branches. On each leaf, there are 11 to 37 crisscross leaflets. Leaflets are oval-shaped.

The flowers are small, arise directly from the stem with the haired stalk. There are five white, yellow, or lilac petals. The fruit is elliptical like a torpedo with the length of 4 to 10 cm. Fruit color is green when young with the rest of the flower petals attached at the ends.

If the fruit is ripe, it's yellow or pale. The flesh is juicy and very acidic. Fruit skin is shiny and thin. The seeds are small, flattened, brown, and covered in slime.

This plant is rich with a variety of chemical constituents, such as saponins, tannins, and calcium oxalate and citrate. In Chinese pharmacology, this plant has the sour, cool, anti-inflammatory, laxative, and astringent properties, and reproduce bile spending.

Diseases that can be treated and how:

1. Stiff

A handful of young bilimbi leaves, 10 clove seeds, and 15 pepper seeds are grounded finely and then added vinegar to taste. Apply to the sore spot.

2. Mumps

10 young twigs below the leaves and 4 red onions are washed and grounded finely. Apply to the sore spot.

3. Cough in children

A handful of flowers, some fennel, sugar, and a cup of water are steamed a few hours. After cooled, it's filtered and divided for two drinks in the morning and evening on an empty stomach.

4. Cough

25 flower buds, 1 finger of pale turmeric, 1 finger of cinnamon, 1 finger of aromatic ginger, 2 red onions, ¼ handheld of pennywort, ¼ handheld of sage leaves, ¼ handheld of Egyptian rue, and ¼ handheld of broadleaf plantain are washed and then cut into pieces. Boil with five cups of water until remaining two and a quarter. Strain and drink with honey. Drink three times a day.

5. Whooping cough

10 bilimbis are washed, crushed, and squeezed with two tablespoons of salt water. Strain. Drink two times daily.

6. Rheumatism

1 ounce of young leaves, 10 clove seeds, and 15 peppercorns are washed and smoothed. Add vinegar to taste to the dough like mush and apply to the sore spot.

7. Sprue

Three-fourth handheld of flowers are washed and then boiled in three cups of water until remaining two and a quarter. Let cool and then strain. Drink three times three-fourth glass.

8. Tinea

10 bilimbis are washed and grounded finely. Add whiting as large as tamarind seed. Knead until smooth. This herb is to rub the skin with tinea. Perform two times daily.

9. Acne

Bilimbi is washed and grounded finely. Squeeze with salt water as needed and use it to rub the face with acne. Perform two times daily.

10. High blood pressure

Three bilimbis are washed and cut into pieces as needed. Boil in three cups of water until remaining one. After cooled and filtered, drink after breakfast.

11. Intestine sprue, bile

The fruit is processed into butter and eaten.

12. Cavities

Five bilimbis are washed and eaten with a little salt. Chew in a hollow.

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