Tomatoes are grown in gardens and farms as a vegetable and though its taste sour but is a good source of iron, phosphorus, calcium, vitamins A, B and is an superb source of vitamin C.
Tomatoes is also used medically. The juice and pulp are digestible. The ripe tomatoes are mild aperients (laxative), promoter of gastric secretion, and a very good blood cleanse or purifier. They are considered as an intestinal antiseptic, useful in cancer of the mouth, for sore throat. It stimulates a turpid liver and is good for dyspepsia. It is highly prescribed for case of biliousness and it promotes the flow of bile. The juice is recommended for asthma, bronchitis and those who have tuberculosis.
For nephritis (Bright’s Disease), drink the juice of ripe tomatoes everyday mixed with celery with the same quantity. Drink at least 2 cups (16 oz.) of tomato and celery juice every day for faster results.
The fresh juice of unripe tomatoes are extracted and mixed with a little honey to make a gargles for sore throat and other throat infections. The addition of honey will make the preparation antiseptic.
The crushed leaves can be use as balsam for sunburn and insect bites.