Averrhoa bilimbi is a fruit-bearing tree of the genus Averrhoa, family Oxalidaceae. Averrhoa is a key ingredient in many Malaysian dishes to give a sourish taste. We Malaysian call this fruit “Belimbing Buluh” in Malay, there numerous type of Malaysian dish that uses this fruit but for this, it is in the Sambal Hitam Superb. Let us learn a little about it benefits
Benefits of Averrhoa Bilimbi
- Control Diabetes
Bilimbi fruits are known to reduce blood sugar level. There are 2 ways of controlling blood sugar level: first, making the bilimbi fruits into juice and drink it just like any other fruit juice. The second boil mashed bilimbi fruits with 1 cup of water until half of the water is evaporated. Then take the decoction by draining the stew and drink it 2 times a day.
- Control of Hypertension
Hypertension is a condition related to the rise of blood pressure in the arteries. Bilimbi fruit has been used traditionally to control hypertension. Bilimbi fruits are boiled with 3 cups of water until half of the water has evaporated, and then the decoction can be taken once it’s lukewarm. It is recommended to drink this decoction every morning for better result.
- Swollen Joints
Paste or poultice prepared from bilimbi leaves is highly effective for dealing with joints that are swollen, stiff and achy. It’s due to the fact that the leaves possess both analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. By the way, tea out of bilimbi leaves may also be taken internally for relief from swollen joints from within.