Figs are delicious and have many health benefits.

But did you know that fig leaves are just as beneficial for your health? We will explain everything to you.

Soothe menstrual pain and fight constipation

Figs have many health benefits. But did you know that fig leaves are just as delicious?

Indeed, especially consumed as an infusion, they help improve blood circulation and thin the blood. They are therefore a natural remedy to combat menstrual pain.

Fig leaves would also:

  • Regulate the blood sugar level and triglycerides. They are ideal for treating diabetes;
  • Facilitate digestion;
  • To soothe coughs and treat sore throats. They can be used as gargles;
  • Reduce asthma symptoms;
  • Fight against constipation.

Fig leaves also help treat vitiligo thanks to the photo-sensitizing properties found there. However, there is still a lack of scientific studies to prove all these health benefits.

In cooking, fig leaves can be used fresh or dry.

When they are fresh, it is necessary to use them quite quickly. To do this, simply wash them and cut the stems. You can then slip them into the water of your legumes, this will give a very special taste and aroma.

It is also possible to add it to your pasta or rice water. Finally, you can cook your meat and fish inside the leaves, using them as a foil. The fish will then take on a very pronounced taste and the meat will be delicately flavored.

Regarding dried fig leavesit is also possible to use it to flavor the cooking of your meats and legumes.

You can also infuse them, which is one of the most common uses. Simply boil them in water and pour the dried leaves into a cup.

Remove them after a few minutes of infusion. Drink up, fig leaves are excellent for your health!

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 9, 2024, at 12:10 p.m.

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