Kamias or also known as blimbi are one of the most underestimated fruits in the world. It is similar to the star fruit, but the kamias fruit has a specific sour flavour, which makes an incredible addition to a large number of exotic cuisines around the world. The fruit is native to the Philippines and it the people there are highly aware of its beneficial properties.
The fruit itself is packed with vitamins C and B as well as minerals such as iron, phosphorus and antioxidants. Kamias isn’t as popular as other tropical fruits, but its popularity has been rapidly growing thanks to its recently-discovered high nutritional value.
It’s funny that while we Filipinos are so familiar with Kamias, we rarely look into their healing properties. Because of its complex nutritional compounds the mighty plant, from the stem to the flower to the fruit, can be used for these purposes:
1. Treating Cough
You can easily relieve cough by mixing a few grains of fennel, 3 pieces of kamias, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil then steam for several hours. Divide the water in two. Drink the first half in the morning on an empty stomach, and the other half in the evening.
2. Overcome Diabetes
Kamias is extremely beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Prepare 6 pieces of Kamias and crush. Mix with water and boil the mixture. When ready, strain and drink twice a day.
3. Overcome Acne
Kamias’ acid properties can help in treating acne. Just crush into fine powder and apply topically as needed.
4. Overcome Thrush or Singaw
Just like in the previous number, crush the Kamias and apply topically. Be warned, this will sting.
Alleviating rheumatic pain can easily be done by crushing a few kamias leaves and one peice of kamias and mixing the two together until you end up with a smooth mixture. Mix this with water and apply it on the affected areas. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a day.
As usual with natural remedies, it is best to treat the problem with proper exercise, diet and a consultation with your doctor.