Palm Oil: Medicinal Use of Red Palm Oil
Palm Oil is as vital in the Lives of Tropical region dwellers as Olive Oil in the Mediterranean region. Hence, as the use of Olive Oil expands from religious offerings to Medicine, so is palm Oil. But as Olive Oil tends to recently become universal, Palm Oil is mostly restricted to its immediate vicinity. Here, we will be discussing those rear medicinal use of Palm Oil.
As an Antidote for Poison
Fresh Palm Oil is the most common Antidote for ingested Poisons amongst indigenous people of south-south Nigeria. It is effective only before the poison is absorbed into systemic Circulate.
The most prevalent story of poisoning is in Infants who are of the Habit of drinking Kerosene and eating Soap whenever their parents are slightly distracted. Infants tend to think that all that is in Coke Bottle is Cocacola, hence are fund of drinking what ever they find in the Bottle which usually includes Kerosene - as people in this region love to use Coke Bottles to measure and store Kerosene.
Moinmoin is a steamed bean cake pudding usually steamed in Tin Cans. Coincidentally, a type of local soap, popularly referred to as Soda is also shaped in the same Container. The soap is prepared with red Palm oil as in Moinmoin hence making it similar to moin moin. The succulent feel and delicious taste of Moinmoin makes it an attraction for children so that they love to eat Soda thinking it's Moinmoin.
Palm Oil is the most popular cooking ingredient in this area. Hence, it becomes the first Aid in case of this type of poisoning. Children are forced to drink large quantity of the oil to either regurgitate the Poison, or neutralise its effect.
Palm Oil is also used to treat Ethanol Poisoning in drunken Adults. Drunks are usually forced to drink red palm oil to vomit the excess Alcohol.
As a Cough Remedy
Table Sugar (Sucrose) is dissolved in Red Palm Oil to form a sweet Cough medicine for Children. Local people believe that it could reduce the intensity of Cough when coughing Children are encouraged to lick from it. This formula is attractive in that children actually love it because of the sweet sugary taste.
Treatment of Wounds and Cuts
As early as the late 1980s, red Palm Oil was still in use for the treatment of fresh wounds and cuts. Here, Iron metal is heated red hot, held close to the wound and the red palm oil is poured on the hot Iron to drip down very hot oil on the wounds. This is usually associated with a killing pain of hot oil cooking the tissues around the Injury, hence Patients are usually held down and subdued by several people during the Treatment. Although, there are other ways of treating small cuts, indigenous people resort to this very painful technique when the wound is too large for herbal treatment.
Treatment of Skin Diseases and Itching
Skin Rashes, measles, Boils and Itches are some of the skin Infections that are treated with Red Palm Oil. Local people are of the opinion that rubbing Red palm oil on boil helps to hasten the process of pox formation, hence they rely on this process to reduce pains associated with Boils and abscesses. There is also the application of the oil to the skin to reduce skin itches. Sometimes the oil is applied alone, other times, it is mixed with some Herbs and other materials to form what is called native herbal medicine.