Although its name is quite familiar, not many recognize the shape of jequirity. At first glance, it may resemble weeds and plants that grow wild because jequirity is often considered rare.

Though jequirity is believed to hereditary to have good health benefits. One of them is able to treat cough with phlegm to sore throat.

Although it's rich in benefit, you still have to be careful because jequirity, if swallowed, can cause death. Really?

Jequirity seeds do have a potential toxin if swallowed. Many are the case, who's poisoned by swallowing the seeds of jequirity. Actually, if swallowed in the whole state, it's okay. There's a hard skin that coats the seed, keeping the poison out.

It's dangerous if the layers of jequirity skin are broken. If the inner seed ruptures, it'll directly contact with the body. It can trigger the poison.

Here are myths and facts about the benefits of jequirity for health.

1. Helps cope with canker sores

Fact. The consumption of jequirity can overcome the inflammation that arises, also treat canker sores. The leaves are crushed until smooth. Drink the juice, or you can use it topically.

2. Treats sore throat, cough with phlegm

Fact. Jequirity can help thin the sputum, also has antibacterial effects. Consumed boiled leaves morning and evening.

3. Treats eye inflammation

Myth. No effect at all, even dangerous. The efficacy of important substances in jequirity can't be evaporated.

4. Treats tonsillitis

Myth. Indeed, it's an anti-inflammatory agent. But in tonsillitis, what inflames is the tonsil itself. So, jequirity has no benefit for tonsillitis.

5. Prevents baldness

Fact. Jequirity contains estrogenic effects that prolong the life of hair and spur its growth.