Fijian Organic Noni Juice
Fijian Noni Juice is made from the native Fijian Noni Plant or ‘Morinda citrifolia’. This small tree grows white-yellowish fruits at various times throughout the year which give off a very unpleasant odour when they are ripe, indicating they are ready to pick !
Noni is believed to have arrived in Tahiti, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands at least 1,500 years ago, coming eastward from India and surrounding regions. Who brought the plant to those areas? Though it is not known for sure, experts believe that it could have been immigrants from the Marquesas Islands that introduced Noni to those areas.
There is ample evidence to suggest that these ancient Polynesians (as well as their descendants) used noni for food; for cloth dye; and most importantly, for its medicinal properties. Numerous papers, citing hundreds of references, show noni to be an extremely popular plant among tropical cultures across the world. In fact, the noni plant became so popular that it eventually was cultivated as a field crops, used for all parts of the plant.
Of course, Indian natives also used Morinda Citrifolia for its perceived therapeutic benefits: Most of the plant is reported to possess medicinal properties. The root is used as a cathartic and febrifuge (fever-reducing agent), and applied externally to relieve pain in gout. Leaves are considered a tonic and febrifuge; they are used as a healing application for wounds and ulcers; the juice of the leaves is externally applied for gout. Fruits are used for spongy gums, throat complaints, dysentery, leucorrhea (abnormal menstrual bleeding) and sapraemia (poisoning of the blood by bacterial putrefaction)." Numerous other reports provide a detailed picture of precisely how noni has been used throughout the years.
In Fiji, the fruit is eaten either raw or cooked."Niue Islanders ate it regularly, and we have been told that the Filipinos made a jam from it, preferring the taste when it was fermented". Other sources report that Australian aborigines were very fond of the fruit. In Burma, the unripe fruits were cooked in curries, and the ripe fruits were consumed raw with salt. Even the seeds were roasted and eaten. (Noni fruits) are often used in Nigeria in the treatment of fever, malaria, yellow fever, jaundice and dysentery. Still, other histories report that "The over ripe fruit is stated to be used as an emmenagogue (encourages vomiting), and is recommended by Rumpf for dysuria (painful urination) and the fruit for diabetes". The fruit is sometimes used internally in various preparations for swollen spleen, liver diseases, coughs and a slightly laxative preparation.
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