Speaking of S. maritima, the desalted leaves are used as a cooked vegetable; or the normally salty leaves are added to salads and soups to salt them. Young shoots also pickled. Green shoots universally eaten by Asian Indians, especially during famines. (DEP; FAC). Asian Indians eat the green leaves of S. nudiflora (= fruticosa), a source of sajji (DEP).
• Arabians use stem and leaf decoctions (S. aegyptiaca) in gargles for gum and tooth problems (GHA).
• Arabians use the stems of S. vermiculata to alleviate breathing difficulties (GHA).
• Asian Indians suggest an oily application of the wooly growths of branch tips (S. fruti-cosa) for the sores of camels (KAB).
• Pakistanis use the ash in making soap (WOI).
• Sindhis apply the leaves as a poultice in ophthalmia, and the leaf infusion as an emetic (DEP).
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