Mango Leaves (Mangifera Indica)
Mangoes are native to India and they are considered sacred there as well. Mangoes originated in Central America and from there spread to the West Indies, Florida, California and the rest of Latin America. There are many different kinds of mangoes. The mango is seen as the King of fruits and it is also seen as one the quintessential summer fruits.
Mango trees are commonly grown in Jamaica. The mangoes are our primary fruits and they are rich in vitamins A and C, minerals, and antioxidants. It is believed that our children enjoyed good eye-sights because of the rich Vitamin A that is found in these fruits. There is also some traces of Vitamin D. However, for those suffering from diabetes should limit intake of the fruits and concentrate more on the leaves which are able to treat the condition.
In the mango season, as we so call it in Jamaica, the animals, such as the goats and pigs, enjoy those mangoes that are battered after falling from the tree or have been bitten by birds. Usually, the result of them eating the mangoes can be seen from their glowing and healthy hairy skin. Therefore, even the animals can enjoy the health benefits of mangoes. The animals enjoy eating the leaves as well.
Although all parts of this wonderful plant can be used medicinally, it is the leaves that I will be focusing on which can yield some wonderful health benefits and medicinal properties.
The young leaves which bear a purplish and or reddish colour and then become dark green as they age are precious to many people. A tea of the leaves are used to stop diarrhea, fever, and to prevent insomnia and hypertension.
It is seen as a common folk remedy for diabetes due to one of its constituents, anthocyanidins. This element helps in treating early diabetes. Tannins, also called anthocyanidins, as well as resins and astringent may be found in the mango leaves as well as in the bark of the tree.
We in Jamaica are known to use these herbal remedies which are less costly and most of the trees are grown in almost every yard you come across, which give each person easy access to use the leaves as medicinal herbs and as alternative medicine.
It is an alternative remedy for all kinds of coughs, especially whooping cough and it is also useful for asthma, bronchitis, as well as colds. Therefore, it is a good aid in every respiratory condition.
The tea also makes an excellent herbal mouthwash for various gum problems. It will alleviate the pain and will bring relief to the mouth.
Mango leaves tea is also good to treat hyperglycemia and lower high blood pressure, as well as treat restlessness in an individual.
Two to three cups of tea can be added to bath water and used as a herbal bath for that invigorating and cool spirit.
In Jamaica, we have a wide variety of mangoes. Some of the names are Green Grange, East Indian, Keit, John Belly Full, Number Eleven, Bombay, Atkins, Stringy, Herline, Sweetie Come Brush Me and Julie. There are lots more, especially common mangoes, which include Stringy mango. The mango leaves of these trees are just as good for the above mentioned ailments.
I saw my husband with this mango recipe and thought I should share it. At first I did not enjoy it but after a while I really started to savor the taste. It is most refreshing when it is placed on the refrigerator.
Be reminded of all the health benefits of the mango leaves.
Updated November 13, 2019