This subtropical tree is part of the Rosaceae family, and it produces leaves, kernels, and fruit that can all be used for medicinal purposes. It is a rich source of a compound called amygdalin, which is thought to be beneficial for anti-cancer purposes.
Loquat is a shrub-like tree that has rich foliage and sweet, yellow fruit. The leaves have a serrated edge, and they are glossy and tough in nature. Other names include nispero, pi pa ye, nespola giapponese, Japanese medlar, Japanse plum tree, Chinese plum tree, ameixa amarelle, and wollmispel.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Asia, South Africa, Australia, South America, India, Portugal, Spain, Germany, England, France, Italy, Central America, Caribbean, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Expectorant, hypoglycemic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, detoxifying, and treats respiratory ailments, coughs, obesity, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, poor immune system function, skin conditions
For all conditions, rub the fine hairs from the underside of the leaves. Wash the leaves, and allow to dry completely. You may do this in an oven set to low, in the sun, or in a food dehydrator. Crush the dried leaves, and then make a decoction by boiling 1 tablespoon of the crushed leaf in 1 quart water for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and serve warm or cold, sweetened or unsweetened. Most conditions call for 1 glass per day. For vomiting, you may sip it until the symptoms subside. For sore throats, use the warm decoction as a gargle. As a rinse or bath for skin conditions, use it chilled. Topical creams or poultices are used to treat rashes and other skin inflammation, as well as skin cancer.