Aju Mbaise is a fat burning slimming herbal mixture that combines ginger roots, traditional leaves, uziza seeds, uda and the bark of a special medicinal tree found in Mbaise. The combination is wrapped together to form a coiled wrap, hence the Igbo term Aju (Meaning wrap). It has a bitter alkaline taste with a delicious aroma. This African decoction contains bioactive compounds believed to be responsible for the observed antibacterial activities.
Intake of adequate amounts of the decoction can make some contributions to the macro- and micro-mineral intake of lactating mothers, thus achieving the Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) for minerals. This provides the basis for their folkloric use by nursing mothers as it is a traditional method of trimming down post-pregnancy fat by the Mbaise women when cooked with mmiri uda, uziza and ehuru for weight loss.
A study published in the Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences which is the official Journal of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, indicates that Aju Mbaise contained appreciable amounts of bioactive compounds: alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, cyanogenic glycoside, and saponins as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.
Origin of Aju Mbaise
The herb got its name from its producers, a town called Mbaise under Owerri senatorial zone. Mbaise comprises of 3 local Government, namely; Ahiazu, Aboh and Ezinihitte Mbaise in Imo State, Nigeria. Imo is one of the 36 States of Nigeria and is in the south east region of Nigeria. Owerri is its capital and among the largest towns in the State. Its other notable towns are Orlu, Obowo, Oguta, and Mbaise where this herb originated.
It is a traditional method of trimming down post-pregnancy fat by the Mbaise women when cooked with mmiri uda, uziza and ehuru for weight loss.
Types of Aju Mbaise
- Aju Mbaise for weight loss and natural flat tummy (omugwo boosts- Gini bu omugwo? Lol)
- Aju mbaise for fertility boost and herbal tea ( for fertility cook with nettle leaves, scent leaves, red clover, fertility roots, and spices)
- Another category for infection flush – ulcer, menstrual irregularities.
- Aju Mbaise for the reduction of tumor or fibroid treatment.
- Remedy for diabetes, malaria, cancer and ovarian cysts
Who Can Use the Herbs?
Anybody can use the weight loss herbs in Nigeria depending on what you need the herb for.
- Newly delivered Mothers / Nursing Mothers to detoxify, Cleanse the System and reposition the Womb on time.
- It helps to remove bad blood and excess water after child delivery.
- Women with protruding stomach who have given birth before.
- Men and women who want to slim down.
- Importance of Aju Mbaise herb to Women (the herb is boiled and taken as a tea)
- Aju Mbaise herb for new moms is a medicinal soup also known as mmiri ogwu in Mbaise.
Health Benefits Of Aju Mbaise
The blood you see after childbirth is called lochia. It’s a type of discharge that’s similar to your menstrual period, and typically lasts for four to six weeks post delivery. It contains: blood, pieces of the uterine lining, mucus and white blood cells. Aju Mbaise herb helps to flush out the stale and postpartum blood from the womb, the excess water & other postnatal substances. This will quickly help to your return the stomach to its normal shape and size.
Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods. Aju Mbaise herbal mixture has a good detoxification effect: A woman who just miscarried can take it too to clear off dead particles.
Boost Breast Milk Production
Milk production doesn’t start out as a supply and demand process. During pregnancy and the first few days postpartum, milk supply is hormonally driven – this is called the endocrine control system. Essentially, as long as the proper hormones are in place, mom will start making colostrum about halfway through pregnancy (Lactogenesis I) and her milk will increase in volume (Lactogenesis II) around 30-40 hours after birth. Aju Mbaise herbal mixuture stimulates prolactin a hormone that tells the body to make breast milk when a person is pregnant or breastfeeding.
Weight loss & flat stomach
Aju Mbaise can be used for weight loss purposes and for flat tummy. Even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds. This local herb has been shown to be effective for losing overall weight and flattening your belly especially after giving birth.
Aju Mbaise for fertility is also a natural fertility enhancer as it cleanses away the dead cells. For women who are struggling with infertility, cleansing can be important for ensuring that their body systems are completely ready to conceive. After detoxification, a woman can get pregnant faster because of egg quality and the environment of the womb is much healthier for conception. ALSO SEE: Alligator Pepper: Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects
Side Effects Of Aju Mbaise
- Effect on nervous system
Some plant alkaloids can affect the central nervous system, including nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord which control many direct body functions and the behavior of men and women. They may also affect the autonomic nervous system, which includes the regulation of internal organs, heartbeat, circulation and breathing.
Consuming too much Aju Mbaise has been shown to cause light-headedness among users. Lightheadedness is a feeling of faintness, dizziness, or being close to passing out. It can occur alongside vertigo, which affects balance and makes a person feel as though they or their surroundings are spinning. Although lightheadedness and vertigo can feel similar, they have different causes.
- Loss of Appetite
A decreased appetite occurs when you have a reduced desire to eat. It may also be known as a poor appetite or loss of appetite. The medical term for this is anorexia. Aju Mbaise consumption can cause your appetite to decrease. This is because of its ability to suppresses hunger.
Another possible minor side effect of Aju Mbaise tea is heartburn or stomach upset, similar to how you feel when you eat chilies or other spicy foods. Heartburn, a burning sensation in the throat from acid reflux. Symptoms of heartburn include chest pain, burning in the throat, and difficulty swallowing.
Being allergic to any of the herb in the Aju Mbaise basket can lead to allergic reaction by your body. Food allergies are caused by a reaction of the body’s immune system to food proteins. There are several types of allergic reactions, depending on the immune players involved.
How to Cook Aju Mbaise for Flat Tummy – Herb for Nursing Moms
An Aju Mbaise herb for new moms is prepared like pepper soup. This Aju soup is similar to any type of pepper soup, such as goat meat pepper soup, catfish pepper soup, and so on.
Whether fresh or dried, this herb is very effective and the nutrient intact. This soup can also be taken by people in other categories if they desire.
Please Note: Aju Mbaise Should NOT be taken by pregnant women.
Aju Mbaise Ingredients
- 1 dried wrap Aju
- ½ long prekese
- ½ big spoon uda seed
- 1 tablespoon uziza seed
- 2 medium dried fish
- ½ teaspoon grounded black dry pepper
- 1 cup crayfish
- 1 ½ seasoning cube
- Salt to taste
- Water (2 bottles of small ragolis or big Eva water)
Tummy Flattening Herbal Tea/Aju Mbaise, the Fat Burner-Preparation
Step 1: Wash the whole wrap with water; do not loosen it up so your pot will not be full with Aju Mbaise leaves.
Step 2: Put it in a big pot. Pour in water to fully cover the Aju Mbaise and set to boil for 15 minutes or till you see the brewed color. It should be thick like coffee color. By now the 2 bottles of ragolis water must have reduced to 1 ½.
Step 3: After that, remove the wrap and drain it to be used a maximum of 3 times.
Step 4: Carefully, sieve the water into another pot and apply heat.
Step 5: Add the cooking spices- uda seed, uziza, pepper, ( all dried and grounded) as well as dried fish and washed prekese. Allow boiling for 30 minutes.
Step 6: Add salt to taste. Leave to boil for an additional 5 minutes
Step 7: Finally, remove from heat and enjoy.
In case you want to make yam pepper soup, when you remove the Aju Mbaise wrap, add your yam and your stock fish which has already been boiled soft. Moreover, you can add any other dry fish of your choice. Do not add oil, no crayfish (you can use the black local crayfish). Do not add any seasoning cube. No fresh pepper or fresh meat please or fresh fish. Everything must be dry.
Your yam pepper soup made with Aju Mbaise is ready. Enjoy and wait for testimonies. Healthiest Nigerian Foods