Who’d Have Thought? The Benefits of Aratilis

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by Rey Beltran | GetHealthAccess.com

Remember that ripe, red fruit that’s as small as a marble? Yes, that’s the aratilis. Its scientific name is muntingia calabura Linn. of the cherry tree family. Children love it. I remember picking these red fruits and hoarding them during summer when I was a kid. I love the sweet taste of it. And even our dogs who rested underneath the aratilis tree in our backyard would occasionally help themselves when these red small fruits drop on the ground.

Who’d have thought the aratilis has lots of benefits?

The aratilis has antispasmodic and emollient properties. In order to get the benefits of this tree, you need to use these parts: the bark, the leaves, and the flowers. Old folks in the provinces, known as herbolarios, know how to extract the essences from plants and trees. The essence of the aratilis’ leaves and flowers are extracted so that it can be used as an emollient for abdominal cramps and other body aches. The essence extracted is also used to for relief of colds and headaches.

Aratilis possesses a potential antibacterial property that is comparable to the standard antibiotics used. It was also found that there is a presence of a more potent polar antibacterial compound in its extract. I don’t know how many aratilis is needed to get to the standard milligram for an antibiotic, but hey, this looks promising!

Also, the aratilis leaves possess antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties. So if you’re in pain, apply an aratilis emollient. If  something’s swollen, apply an aratilis emollient. If you’re feverish, apply an aratilis emollient. The roots were found to have anticancer agents. So decocting the roots and making a tea out of it, would help prevent various cancers. So many things from the humble aratilis tree.

The aratilis tree grows anywhere and everywhere here in the country. So get to enjoy the benefits of the fruit itself, or use the leaves and bark for natural healing. I am sure, our old folks in the provinces would know how to extract the essences of the aratilis, aside from the resident herbolarios.

So the next time you see an aratilis tree, or partake of its fruit, think of all the benefits one can derive from the local cherry tree we all call aratilis.