Did you know that not only can luffa’s clean the outside of your body but they can nourish your body from the inside, as well?

This wonder plant contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and lipids. In fact, the plant is so good for you, you should consider adding it to your diet:

10 Health Benefits of Luffa

Courtesy of: One Minute Juice – Health Benefits of Luffa

“Different parts of the plant are used in the folklor ethnomedicine. It is believed that the luffa plant contains pectoral, carminative, anthelmintic and properties which are cooling to the blood, and it can facilitate circulation and act as an antiseptic, emmenagogue and galactagogue too. This particular fruit is used as a tonic to the genital organs, beneficial to the intestines, demulcent and cooling or warming to the stomach as well.

The dried fruit is used as an emetic after steeped. The juice of the leaf is used to cure amenorrhea and particularly the people of India use it to treat snake bites and dysentery. In the Philippines the skin diseases and orchitis are treated by using only the leaves.

The seeds are used as cathartic, emetic and hydragogue too. The infusion made from the seeds of this plant is used as an anthelmintic drastic and purgative. The extracts of the root and the vine are both helpful for preventing tooth decay, ozoena and any parasitic affections. The extract from the leaves can help to induce labor during childbirths and it is used in Western Uganda for this particular reason.1


But as I said, they’re also good for cleaning (you, your kitchen and bathroom or pots and pans). Luffas are strong enough to withstand being used to scrub but gentle enough on skin. And they are good for the environment, no need to buy synthetic sponges that won’t last as long or get mildewy!


  1. One Minute Juice