Herb of the Day: Fig


Fig (Moraceae)
Parts used: Fruit

Fig Tree

Fig has been used for thousands of years, typically as a mild laxative. It contains a high amount of fiber, yet is very gentle on the body. Spartan athletes of ancient Greece used it to help improve their performance. The pulped fruit is helpful for relieving pain, abscesses, inflammation and has been used to treat tumors, swellings and fum abscesses, though the fruit is usually roasted before application.
When fig is used with other herbs, it can be an excellent, yet gentle, expectorant.

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