Monday February 18, 2013
Out of necessity, the ancestral inhabitants of the South Seas had to find innovative ways
to care for and protect their skin. They discovered the whole pulp of the noni fruit leather for health and vitality as well as by patients undergoing stressful therapy. And noni’s use as a topical lotion has skyrocketed—not just for pain, for which it is unparalleled, but for skin care, too. Noni uniquely addresses a wide range of conditions and beautifying needs.
TRADITIONAL USE OF NONI Medicine Hunter and herbal expert Chris Kilham reports, “In traditional plant-based medicine, the fruit, flower, leaves, bark and root of Morinda citrifolia (noni) have all been employed for diverse medicinal purposes. In Polynesia, noni leaves have a long history of topical use in poultices and mixed with oil, for the treatment of rheumatic pain, inflammation, neuralgia, ulcers, gout, cough and cold, boils and ringworm. The fruit too was prepared for topical use, sometimes juiced and mixed with salt or sliced and applied to boils. In Hawaii, raw noni fruit was crushed and mixed with other plants including awapuhi (Zingiber zerumbet) and awa (Piper methysticum), and applied to bruises, sprains and swollen limbs.” Present day users and researchers alike are exploring the benefits of noni for many other modern skin conditions such as eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, sunburn, wrinkles, and premature skin aging.