Another unusual find at the weekend markets was this little clump of banaba bark. I had never noticed this for sale before. It seems banaba tea made from the dried leaves and flowers of the banaba tree is a fairly well known natural herbal remedy for things like urinary infections, diabetes and even weight loss. I had no idea. I only knew of the tree because someone we know lived on a street named Banaba. :)
The vendor looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked how it was used… as if I would easily let on that I had a urinary tract infection and just needed to wrap the fresh bark around my trunk to cure it. Not. So wash the bark and stick it in some boiling water and drink the infusion… Hmmm. Maybe not. I paid PHP20 for this portion of bark, and again, as with the sesame leaves of the previous post, I chalk that up to learning something new.