So it was this fateful day, on the 16 October 2020, that both founders Lawrence and Cheah, decided to mass prune the fig trees at the farm. The aim – to obtain enough young shoots to process into fig leaves tea. Little did they know, that the seemingly harmless exercise, would end up to be a day they will forever remember.
Fig leaf sap or fig latex is the white milky substance that comes from the leaves of the fig plant or when picking an unripe fig. From the earliest known civilisation, several parts of the fig plant including the leaves have been used for religious and medicinal purposes. Leaf sap is usually extracted by crushing the leaves.
While pruning the leaves, this fig sap got into contact again and again with their skin. Underestimating its effect, after a few hours, both started to get skin itch and irritation. By the end of the day, they have got themselves a full blown phytophotodermatitis, a condition which is caused by contact with furocoumarins in sap of fig tree. Psoralens in the fig sap are activated by long sunlight exposure.
Upon researching a little deeper, the fig latex which may seem harmful at first, can actually be beneficial in several ways!
Fig leaf sap is usually used as topical treatment for several types of skin conditions.
They are commonly used for treating warts, and is a known remedy to eliminate the recurring condition for some.
Fig leaf sap is also believed to help heal ringworm infection. By cutting open a fig leaf and applying the sap directly to the skin, you can heal a ringworm infection quickly.
Having anti-fungal properties, the fig leaf sap can be used to treat genital warts.
Recent research has also been done on induced phytophotodermatitis to eradicate skin lesion caused by Molluscum Contagiosum and flat warts. Both case studies showed full recovery after several weeks of induced phytophotodermatitis. The case can be found at http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/crim/article/view/3913.
If you struggling to remove warts/lesions, come to us! We are more than happy to donate the fig leaf sap to you 🙂