Carob

Common name Carob

Latin name Ceratonia siliqua

Parts used Seed


System affinities

Carob is particularly sympathetic to the digestive and circulatory systems.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Carob is warming in the first degree and drying in the second degree.  This makes it often indicated for the kapha dosha, which has a tendency towards coldness and torpor.  


Taste and quality

Carob is warm, sweet and astringent.


Indications

Carob is indicated for a variety of gastrointestinal issues.  It is particularly useful in cases of upset stomach and diarrhea.  It is also an effective treatment for managing blood sugar and combating obesity.  It helps reduce cholesterol in the blood, and improve the ratio between HDL and LDL.  It helps prevent anemia and is a good tonic for sore throat and fever.


 

History and lore

According to legend, carob bean pods were the “locusts” that sustained St. John the Baptist as he preached throughout the desert wilderness. For this reason, carob pods are commonly called St. John's Bread and, less often, locust bean.


Habitat

Carob is native to the Mediterranean region including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the larger Mediterranean islands; to Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.


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