The acacia are in bloom!!
Those are the words that instill fear in the hearts of Mom’s all over my county. The beautiful puffs of yellow are pollen waiting to dust every surface for miles.
We pray for rain and mist to earth bound the pollen which blow well in the warm spring days. With not much of it’s greenery in site the tree is most often just a giant yellow wall of pollen.
Despite our teary out cry there are some real benefits from the acacia.
True gum arabic is the product of Acacia senegal, abundant in dry tropical West Africa from Senegal to northern Nigeria.
Acacia arabica is the gum-Arabic tree of India, but yields a gum inferior to the true gum-Arabic.
Many Acacia species have important uses in traditional medicine. Most of the uses have been shown to have a scientific basis since chemical compounds found in the various species have medicinal effects.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Acacia nilotica is considered a remedy that is helpful for treating premature ejaculation. A 19th century Ethiopian medical text describes a potion made from an Ethiopian species of Acacia (known as grar) mixed with the root of the tacha, then boiled, as a cure for rabies.
An astringent medicine high in tannins, called catechu or cutch, is procured from several species, but more especially from Acacia catechu, by boiling down the wood and evaporating the solution so as to get an extract
So despite our desire to flee it’s presence and wonder when oh when will our houses, cars and clothes not be covered by the yellow of the acacia they are indeed a beneficial part of our lives.
So what to do?
1. Pollen is every where – CONTAIN THE POLLEN
3. Local Honey, Lime and Hot Water
6. Consume Anti-inflammatory foods!
Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, ginger, leafy greens, oatmeal etc.
Ginger Berry Smoothie
1C vanilla soy milk
1C frozen blueberries
1/4C frozen blackberries
1/2C pineapple chunks
1t grated lemon zest
1/2t grated fresh ginger
Blend and serve.