Common leaf, uncommon properties

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The lá lốt (piper lolot) leaf, pale green and yellow when tender and dark green later, needs no introduction to most Vietnamese people.

The plant, which grows well in humid climates, is widely grown in the country, offering its leaves to a variety of dishes prepared typically by wrapping various kinds of meat in its leaves and deep frying them.

The lá lốt , like a lot of Vietnamese herbs used in cooking, also has very good medicinal properties. Pungent and warm, it can treat toothache and swollen gums.

The leaf is particularly good for the elderly who suffer from rheumatism and joint pains. These people should eat the leaf or decoct it under the guidance of a trained herbalist.

Some dishes prepared with the lá lốt  leaf can be used to treat a lot of ailments.

- Cold, depression, insomnia

To treat cold, depression and sleeplessness, having a rice gruel prepared with lá lốt leaves helps considerably. For this dish, the ingredients needed are: 20 dark green lá lốt leaves, washed and sliced thin; half of a bowl of rice, washed; one half of a medium-sized onion; a clove of garlic; five small chives; 2g of sliced ginger; and seasoning spices (salt and sugar). Cook all the ingredients in sufficient water for about 15 minutes and remove from the stove after the rice is fully done. Beat a chicken egg into the porridge and stir it. Enjoy the porridge that will make you sweat out your illnesses.

- Gout and spinal pain

Prepare 100g of pork or goat chops and marinate them with spices (salt, pepper, sugar and fish sauce) for a few hours. Bring to boil in half a liter of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Add 150g of lá lốt leaves, which are washed and sliced, to the pot and let it stand for 15 minutes. Take the off the stove, add two cloves of beaten garlic and stir them into the pot. Divide the dish into two parts and finish them during the day. Do this for seven consecutive days.

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