Health Benefits of Peaches
Health Benefits of Peaches
Peaches are sweet and sour in flavor and have a cooling nature. They help with blood circulation, and build bodily fluids, which is helpful in dry coughs or intestine lubrication during constipation. They function as a diuretic and cleanse the bladder and kidneys. They also stimulate digestion and improve skin health. In Ayurveda medicine they reduce vata and are recommended in moderation for pitta. Throughout history and prominently in ancient Chinese medicine, peaches have been involved in home remedies. The following are a few examples:
- Because of the high moisture content and delicate mineral balance, peaches have been used for a beautiful complexion. One recipe is peach, papaya, banana, and avocado blended until well pureed. This facial mask is applied for 30 minutes, and then rinsed with warm water. Sunflower oil is then rubbed on the skin in a circular motion. This results in soft textured skin.
- A morning cocktail of peach, pear and quince is through to aid in flushing the system of old debris. These fruits are blended into a juice, with ice added to desired consistency. Perrier water may also be added to desired consistency.
- For an aid for boils, carbuncles or festering sores, blend 4 fresh peach tree leaves, a few slices of raw, unpeeled potato and 1 ½ cups of boiling water. Pour the warm puree onto a clean thick cloth and hold it on the boil.
- As a remedy for removing the inflammation and discoloration from bumps, bruises and abrasions. Mash 3-5 peach tree leaves and simmer in 2 cups of sweetened condensed milk for 25 minutes on low heat with covered lid. When cool, strain out leaves. Use this lotion and apply to injured area. This is also useful in relieving sunburns, poison ivy rash, psoriasis and shingles.
- It has been used to relieve indigestion and constipation. A woman from Tennessee wrote that she brewed a tea out of peach tree leaves to give her 15-month-old baby who had intestinal gas. It quickly solved the problem and she used the tea herself as a laxative. It is also said to relieve bladder inflammation in men.
- Peach syrup is used for fevers and congestion. Native Americans and African Americans have used syrup from peach kernel and peach bark to treat fevers, bronchitis, asthma and the common cold and flu. Combine 2/3 cup pounded peach bark, 2/3 cup split peach kernels, 2 cups apple cider vinegar, and 2 cups distilled water. Cover and let stand in the sunshine or warm place for 5 days, shaking mixture several times each day. On the fifth day simmer solution on low heat until reduced to 1 pint of liquid. Add ½ cup brandy or whiskey to preserve and store in a well-sealed class jar. One tablespoon is recommended every 3 to 4 hours to reduce fevers and phlegm. This syrup can also be used for intestinal parasite, (at two tablespoons about 2 to 3 times per day) or to relieve a painful earache (in small drops). Warning: do not take more than a couple of tablespoons at any one time, as discomfort may occur.
- When baking yeast was not always available in 19 th century America, bakers would make their own out of peach leaves. Boil 3 handfuls of peach leaves, and 3 medium potatoes in 2 quarts of water until potatoes are cooked. Remove leaves and discard. Peel potatoes and rub with 1 pint flour, adding enough cool water to form a paste. Pour hot peach leaf tea over the floured potatoes and soak for 5 minutes. To quicken the process add a little yeast and solution will be ready to use in 3 hours. If no yeast is added, let mixture stand one day and one night in a warm area, and covered with a cloth, the new yeast will be ready.