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Healing Powers of Physic Nut Leaves

Updated on July 06, 2013

How amazing... leaves can really cure.

Scientific name: Jatropha curcas Linn.
Common Names: Physic Nut Tree / Big-Purge Nut / Purging Nut Tree


I wonder why they commonly called this shrub a “tree”?

Physic Nut Tree is a smooth, erect branched shrub that grows 2 – 5 meters high. The branches are stout, cylindric and always green.

This shrub is very popular and grows anywhere in the Philippines; you can always see this in thickets, along roadsides and sometimes used as a hedge or fence.

In Tagalog, this is called “Tubang-Bakod” meaning "hedge" or "fence".

Physic Nut Tree grows is tropical and subtropical areas or regions and can grow on almost any terrain or even on wasteland.

It is mainly propagated by cuttings and can grow on poor and stony soils.


We have Physic Nut Tree on our backyard because of its medicinal purposes. What I’m going to share is very safe and very effective way of using this Physic Nut leaves to cure the most common type of sickness.

You can use this without a second thought because this will not harm you in any ways.

Preparing for a Physic Nut Bandage

Below are the two common types of minor pains that we can use Physic Nut leaves:


For Headache/Fever

Since I was a child, my mom used Physic Nut leaves to lower down my high temperature. She would carefully hand-picked the leaves, wipe it with a clean cotton cloth and prepare a long rectangular cloth.

Then she would put the leaves on a rectangular cloth long enough to encircle my forehead so that she could tie the end of the cloth together.

The sap of these leaves tend to stain the cloth so make sure you’re not using the one that you cannot afford to put on a standby-by position later on.

The leaves of this shrub are known to have a cooling effect wherein it absorbs the high temperature of your body. That’s why when you check those leaves on your forehead; you can feel that it’s hot.


For Stomach-aches / Stomach Pains

The main cause of stomach-ache is the cold penetrating deep inside your stomach. Physic Nut is very effective against this type of sickness.

Heat first the leaves over the fire before putting it on a long rectangular cloth to be used as a bandage.

Make sure that the cloth is long enough to circle your waist so you can tie both ends. The heated leaves will then stabilize the temperature and will absorb the cold one.

You can leave it for like 15 - 20 minutes before replacing it with new fresh heated leaves if pain persists.


It works every time. It’s very effective and can save you a lot of pain.

Physic Nut leaves truly work wonders.


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      Venugopaal 4 years ago from India

      nice description about. I am confusing that I have seen it in our place and it is using for bio-diesel purpose, I think

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Naimishika.. You are correct. The seeds of this plant are crushed to produce oil and can then be processed to produce a high quality biodiesel.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      I found this article to be very informative..

      It's a shame the biodiesel fuel is so expensive to use..

      There are many natural healing herbs in your part of the world..Thank you for sharing them..

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      Esther Earl 4 years ago

      very informative info.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I had never heard of this tree before. This is a very interesting and useful hub.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      KJ, thank you so much for this message

      Thinking that maybe someone or anyone who might come across this page and read this, the knowledge of Physic nut leaves might come in a handy for future use. There are some people who first use alternative medicines.

      This is very much appreciated KJF!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, interesting and informative.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks EE! Love your comment!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Pamela..how are you? maybe this plant don't grow in your place, you think? Thanks for reading this one!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi there Vellur!! Thanks so muchh!!

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very Informative and useful hub! Voted UP! Will try this one.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Snow!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I loved your writing for this interesting plant. I haven't heard of it before and I thank you for sharing unknown spy. Voted up, interesting, useful, and awesome :) Great job!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi James. How are you? There are so many interesting plants and shrubs that really cure pains, been using it for so long.. :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Cool! Haven't seen this leaves/shrub in a long time and I even had forgotten all about it. :) Great hub and voted up! I remember now, this physic nut leaves has been used to me as an alternative remedy, like moistening it with oil and warming it in a flame and applying it on the skin, mostly on "hilot". :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very true Precy! They used it on "hilot" or what you call, natural massage to relieve body pains and like loosen the air inside our body especially when you have this stomach pains or cramps.

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      Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

      Ive seen this leaves in my neighbors backyard and uses this also when they got massage from what we called " old woman ".....who is expert in using this leaves. I might try this sometime, I think I have lots of colds too in my body. thanks for sharing

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hiya there L.

      Try it, there's nothing to be afraid of. It's just an external application. And it does great to your body.

      xoxo,M.

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      Guest 4 years ago

      Very true. Also use this alternative medicine for pains.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Guest :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's an interesting nut, literally speaking! Useful too... Din't know the medicinal properties! Thanks, and I am sharing!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      heheh thankz Michelle! they are really 'nuts'!

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      Nanny2 4 years ago

      Very interesting

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you Nanny :)

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      Raddoc 4 years ago

      I really like good cures for common things, thank you for info

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you Raddoc

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      CherrieHosein 20 months ago

      As a little girl I can remember we had a tree in our yard and my mom used it for pains and every Good Friday (Easter time) my sister and I will take a knife and cut the tree trunk and the liquid that came out would be red and at all other times it will run out white. That to us was a miracle and the tree itself is a healer and miracle plant.

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      IAmForbidden 19 months ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      We used to do that too! My mom often used it for stomach pains.

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