Natual Benefits and Curative Properties
Theroughout the centuries, the fruit, kernels, oil anf flowers of the apricot have been used in medicine. In China, a famous medicine known as Apricot Gold was made from the kernel of trees which grew in certain areas. This medicine was reputed for the powers to prolong life. The Chinese also believed that apricots reacted sympathetically to women’s ailments. The apricot flowers, therefore, formed a common ingredient in their cosmetics.
The kernel, which yields an oil similar to that of the almond, have been widely used for their sedative, antispasmodic that gives relief to strained muscles and demulcent or soothing properties.They are useful in the healing of wounds, in expelling worms and as a general tonic.
The fruit is highly valued as a gently laxative and is benefical in the treatment of constipation. This is due to its cellulose and pectin contents. The cellulose, which is not digested, acts as a roughage- that indigestable part of the food which helps the bowel movement and the pectin which absorbs and retain water, thereby increasing bulk to faces and stimulating smooth bowel movement. Patients suffering from chronic constipation can greatly benefit by regular use of apricots Generally six to eight apricots used per day will produce the desired result.
Apricots have an alkaline reaction in the system. They aid the digestion if consumed before a meal. Marmalade, made from organically grown fruit, is also valuable in the treatment of nervous indigestion.
The apricot is an excellent food remedy for anaemia on account of its high content of iron. The small but essential amount of copper in the fruit makes iron available to the body. According to Dr. Whipple and Dr. Robschiet Robbins, the production of haemoglobin could be increased in the body by liberal use of apricots.
Fresh juice of apricots, mixed with glucose or honey, is a very cooling drink during fevers. It queches the thirst and eliminates the waste products from the body. It tones up the yes, stomach, liver, heart and nerves by supplying vitamins and minerals.
Fresh juice of apricot leaves is useful in skin diseases. It can be applied with beneficial results in scabies, eczema, sun-burn and itching of the skin due to cold exposure.
The apricot in its fresh from is used as a desser fruit. It is, however, generally used in its dried from. The heat renders it easier to digest. It is made into excellent jam, jelly, marmalades and preserves. Apricot canned in sugar are also popular .The nut of the apricot is extensively used in confectionary.