The fig tree is symbolic of Mediterranean civilizations and has been known since ancient times for its softening properties. Latex, the white "milk" that flows from a cut in the petiole, has been used in many applications, mainly external: dermatosis, venomous bites, etc. These days, phytotherapy recommends using the fig tree to treat nausea, indigestion and gastritis. The fig itself, which has a very high sugar content, can be eaten dry and makes an excellent natural energy food.
Fig extracts have emollient and softening properties due to their rich mucilage content. They help to reduce water loss from the epidermis and thus promote skin comfort.