March 9, 2010

My betel vine

I bruised easily when I was a kid. That’s because I was a hyper-active kid. I remember my mother used to pluck some sirih leaves, passed them over a candle flame and then applied the leaves on the bruised area to expedite healing process.

Sometimes I add the leaves into my bath water for a refreshing cleansing ritual. It has antiseptic properties and is suitable for vaginal douching.

The scientific name for this wonderful herb is Piper betle L.