Grape-fruit or shaddock (Batabi lebu or jamburi)
It is a medium size chiefly sub-tropical tree of the Citrus family (Rutaceae) and it is an edible fruit. The grape-fruit tree bears leathery, evergreen leaves and white flowers and often attains a height of 30 ft. (9 mtrs) or more. Its globular fruit, rich in vitamins B and C, is a modified berry known botanically as a hesperidium. It has a thick, smooth, pale yellow peel and a juicy acid. The fruit 4 to 6 inches in diameter is the largest of the citrus fruits.
The fruit juice is a very effective remedy in acute constipation, arthritis, gout, sciatica, oedema, and high blood pressure. Externally the fruit juice cures corns, skin diseases and freckles. The fruit juice with milk is often prescribed for whitening the skin and softening of hands and feet. The fruit is also given in vomiting, sea or travel sickness.
Dr. H. Harold Hume in his book 'Citrus fruits' has said that the grape-fruit juice is very helpful in acute constipation, vomiting, travel sickness, gout, sciatica, arthritis and high blood pressure.
Benefit and uses of Grape-fruit or shaddock.
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