Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Every Wednesday the library committee would sell herbal drinks for RM1.00 as one of the activities to promote the herbs that are planted in the Herb Garden.
The library teachers and Puan Asiah would take turns to boil the herbs for sale each Wednesday. We do not limit the herbs to those that we plant in the Herb Garden. We try to introduce a variety of herbs and their medicinal uses to everyone so as to make them aware that we can also use natural products for good health instead of relying on those that have been processed.
Puan Asiah, made the Lor Hon Kor (momordica fruit ) drink following the recipe and ingredients that I gave to her yesterday. Ustazah Roslina prepared the Roselle drink and I boiled the Nenas Kerang.
For your information, the Lor Hon Kor drink would help to reduce phlegm and coughs. In southern China, the fruit is popularly considered a longevity aid and is used to balance heat buildup caused by internal conditions, life-forces, or external heat. It is used as an expectorant and antitussive to treat lung congestion, cough, other respiratory ailments, and sore throat. It also is used for constipation and chronic enteritis. Luo han guo is a low-caloric, low-glycemic food used as a sweetener in beverages and cooked food. The students and the teachers who bought the drink loved it and it was the first to be sold out.
The roselle drink is associated with traditional medicine and as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer. Mucilaginous leaves have been used as a topical emollient. It is also said to help lower ones cholesterol. Roselle juice is used to quench thirst.
As I had already mentioned in last week's post, the Thais use the fresh leaves of the Rheo Plant or Nenas Kerang to treat sore throat, cough, relieve thirst, and it is used as an anti inflammatory. The Chinese use the fresh flowers and flower bracs by boiling it as a soup (usually with brown suger), for to reduce heatiness, relieve sore throat, and heaty cough. But as far as I know, the soup is especially good for treating acne and also rashes.

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