Benefits: The grated skin relieves diarrhoea, it is high in tannin, and can be mixed with honey to reduce phlegm. The leaves and flowers relieve cold symptoms when the seasons change. The flowers contain calcium and high iron, protein and Vitamin B. Use:The topmost port of the plant and the young leaves are soft-boiled to be eaten with chilli dips. The young flowers are used in tamarind soup.