Musa x paradisiaca (Latin)
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The unripe fruits and their sap are astringent and haemostatic. They are eaten, often roasted, as a treatment for diarrhoea.
The peeled and sliced fruit is placed on the forehead to relieve the heat of a headache.
The leaves are applied as a vesicant on blistering.
A liquid collected at a cut stem is an antiseptic that is applied to furuncles and wounds.
The root is strongly astringent and has been used to arrest the coughing up of blood. Applied externally, the juice of the root is used to treat carbuncles and swellings.
The flowers are astringent.
The juice of the roots is used as a hair tonic.
The inner stem can be boiled and eaten, or can be dried and made into a flour and starch.
Blanched shoots that sprout from the base can be roasted and eaten.
The leaves are commonly used for wrapping foods that are to be cooked - especially glutinous rice dishes. They impart a distinctive flavour and a greenish colour.
Nectar of the flowers is consumed.
The ashes of the plant can be used as a salt substitute.