Description : Queen’s flower is a deciduous tropical flowering tree growing up to 50 feet tall; it has smooth rounded leaves. The red-orange leaves have higher levels of corosolic acid. The beautiful flowers are racemes and are pink, purple or purplish – pink. The fruit is oval, about one inch long and splits in six pieces when mature; the seeds are small and have winged flaps. The reddish brown wood of Banaba is used for home building, furniture, boats, etc. The Queen’s flower will stand out in every garden and is a beautiful landscape tree.
Medicinal Uses :
- Roots are used for stomach problems.
- The leaves are used to heal diabetes and for weight loss.
- The red-orange leaves have high levels of corosolic acid (interpenoid glycoside) that can lower blood sugar. Corosolic acid may have an influence on diabetes.
- Banaba also contains concentrations of dietary fiber and minerals such as magnesium and zinc.
- It helps the body to handle glucose and as such, it’s also effective in weight loss.
- The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect is similar to that of insulin (which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells).
- Its tea is therapeutic against ailments such as diabetes and kidney and urinary problems. The taste is pleasant and smooth.
Health Benefits : Banaba is also used for other folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of the following
- blood pressure control ,
- kidney disorders,
- urinary dysfunctions (helps ease urination) ,
- controls the cholesterol levels,
- treatment of diarrhea,
- facilitates bowel movement,
- treatment of fevers and others