These are amazing health benefits of Iru (African locust bean)

Both the fruits, seeds, leaves, nuts, pods and essential oils of the African locust beans (Iru)are highly valuable.

African locust bean popularly known as iru is of great importance in Nigeria as people rely on it as a source of food,

traditional medicine and remedy for several ailments.

Both the fruits, seeds, leaves, nuts, pods and essential oils of the African locust beans are highly valuable. The seeds,

which encloses in the yellow pulp are the most important and the most widely used part of this plant.

These seeds are usually converted into an aromatic spice known as iru, ogiri or dawadawa.

Iru has a free radical reducing ability and is an antioxidant for detoxifying the body because the fruit has a remarkable

amount of polyphenols that accounts greatly for its anti-oxidizing properties. The anti-oxidizing properties of the fruit

extracts of iru are very similar to that of ascorbic acid.

The bark of the African locust beans can be crushed, ground, soaked and boiled for preparing herbal tea for treating

and healing wounds.

Yoruba’s claim the fruits are normally used for treating hypertension and is useful for boosting the immune system,

especially in immunocompromised individuals.

The root, bark and leaves of the African locust beans can be infused, soaked and used for bathing by individuals

suffering from skin infections.

They can also be apply it to the skin to soothe burns.

It can be infused or soaked in liquid for treating respiratory infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, cold, cough and fever.

The patient has to drink and gargle on the concoction.

Iru is also a rich source of tannins and as such both the seeds, roots, stems, barks, fruits, flowers and leaves can be used

for treating gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhoea and ulcer.

By Victoria E.I

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