The sea almond tree originated in the East Indies, but has become a popular natural remedy around the world. Sea almond trees grow tall, and can reach heights between 50 and 100 feet. The crown of the tree is upright and symmetrical, with branches that grow horizontally and tiered. Leaves on the sea almond tree are green and large, with a glossy and leathery texture. The seedpods of this plant are similar in appearance to large, unshelled almonds. They are about 3 inches in length, and the outside of the pod is inedible. The seeds, like the fruit, can be used internally or topically. Other names for this tree include Bengal almond, country almond, tropical almond, Malabar almond, and Indian almond. On the Caribbean island of Roatán it is called hammond leaf.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Central America, Caribbean, India, Asia, Africa, Brazil, Australia, Peru, Florida, Hawaii
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Febrifuge, hypotensive. Treats rheumatism, eye problems, headaches, mouth and throat problems, asthma, cough, colic. Beneficial for wounds and skin conditions. Soothes digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomachache, motion sickness, and dysentery. Stops bleeding from an extracted tooth.
For all conditions, consume 1/2 cup leaf, fruit, and seed juice per day. The juice can also be applied topically to soothe skin conditions and to cleanse wounds. In addition, for all conditions, the fruit can be eaten raw, or its seed oil can be extracted for consumption. For wounds, skin conditions, and rheumatism, soak a 1-inch by 9-inch piece of bark in water overnight. Break the soaked bark apart, and use it as a poultice. The liquid can be drunk for diarrhea, dysentery, and fever. To stop bleeding from an extracted tooth, pack with chewed leaves.