Ice Plant Benefits
- Category: Fruits & Vegetable
- Written by Super User
Ice plant is also known as Ice fig is a native plant of South Africa. This plant loves summer and bears bright purple to magenta colored flowers resembling the daisy flower.
Fresh Ice plant sap is used as a remedy to treat minor skin problems and is added to baths for a refreshing skin.
Its extract can be used to prepare ointments and creams for treating skin problems such as neuro-dermatitis and psoriasis.
Ice Plant also gives it the bulk of its beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory and estrogenic effects.
Other active compounds include sterols and glycosides which have been shown to help with improving cardiovascular health.
Ice Plant is also high in Vitamin C which is beneficial for the immune system.
The ice plant was first introduced to California in the early 20th century when it was used to stabilize soil along railroad tracks.
There are other forms of this plant which are popular in Asian regions that are also used in the same way, to help control erosion.
Studies have shown that this plant contains extremely high levels of isoflavones as well as flavonoids and isoflavonoids which are plant metabolites that have a significant effect on human metabolism.
Chewing a leaf tip and swallowing the juice is enough to ease a sore throat.
Leaf juice or a crushed leaf is a famous soothing cure for blue-bottle stings-being a coastal plant it is luckily often on hand in times of such emergencies.
The leaf juice is used as a soothing lotion for burns, bruises, scrapes, cuts, grazes and sunburn, ringworm, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, herpes, nappy rash, thrush, cold sores, cracked lips, chafing, skin conditions and allergies.
An old and apparently very powerful remedy for constipation is to eat fruits and then drink brackish water.
Syrup made from the fruit is said to have laxative properties. A mixture of leaf juice, honey and olive oil in water is an old remedy for tuberculosis.
The leaf juice also relieves the itch from mosquito, tick and spider bites both for people and their animal companions.