Dried almond leaves have been used in many traditional medicines throughout the world, and are still used by some to this day, despite the widespread use of modern medicines and health supplements. In fact, dried almond leaves can be surprisingly helpful in several ways! Here are five unusual uses for dried almond leaves that you might not know about before now…
1) Get Rid of Moth in Your Closet
Mothballs are a common household product that can be used to keep bugs, rats, and mice away from your home and out of your clothes. Although they’re effective against such pests, they can be toxic if ingested—especially if you have small children in your home. Instead of using harmful mothballs or traps that might injure curious little ones, place dried almond leaves around places where moths tend to gather. Not only is it safe for kids but it also smells great and keeps bugs at bay.
2) Flush out Dental Plaque
If you’re having trouble getting your teeth sparkling white, try flushing out dental plaque by chewing dried almond leaves. The astringent properties in almond leaves will make your mouth feel fresher and cleaner than ever before. Get rid of Hiccups: Simply chew dried almond leaves to relieve yourself of annoying hiccups. It’s an age-old remedy that just might work wonders!
3) Keep Mosquitoes Away
You can also use dried almond leaves to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing, sweat, and scents; rubbing dried almond leaves on exposed skin will keep them away—and you’ll smell like fresh almonds, too! Be sure to plant more almond trees next year so you have enough leaves for next summer.
4) Cures Paralysis
In Asia, dried almond leaves are used to treat paralysis. These leaves contain a potent neurotoxin called amygdalin, which is also found in some fruits (most notably apricots). Amygdalin was originally extracted from bitter almonds but can now be obtained synthetically. Bitter almonds taste like aspirin and will kill you if you eat enough of them. But almond trees produce non-toxic sweet almonds as well, and these are safe to eat whole or use as an ingredient in food.
5) Has Anti-bacterial Properties
The dried leaves of almond trees are rich in an array of essential oils, including benzaldehyde and benzoic acid. Benzaldehyde is known to have antibacterial properties, which makes dried almond leaves a great material for making topical ointments. Just be sure to harvest them from healthy trees! (source)