This weed is so prolific that as it barely sprouts out of the ground it is producing seeds and spreading. It is hard to control in your garden beds and as soon as you try to pull it out; its seeds pop and are preparing to start many more plants.
But we say no problem. Bring it on. Since learning about it originally from our Jamaican friend who told us how they use it back home, in teas for gallbladder and kidney stones. I started researching it more and more as I started seeing more growing all around us.
This is a pretty amazing plant. I read it is one of the worlds best adaptogens (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes).
Some know it as Chamber Bitters, Gripeweed, Chanca Piedra or how our Jamaican friend called it Stonebreaker.
For something so hated it really has a wide range of properties and actions that have been documented in research and articles. Definitely worth doing research on.
- analgesic -a pain-reliever
- a liver detoxifier
- antilithic - prevents & eliminates kidney stones
- anti-mutagenic - protector of cells
- tonify, balance, & strengthen gastrointestinal system
- hepatoprotective - a liver protector
- heptatonic - tones, balances, strengthens the liver
- lowers cholesterol
- hypotensive - lowers blood pressure
- uterine relaxant.
In many tribal and folk medicines it is discussed that it is
- a blood cleanser
- diaphoretic (promotes sweating)
- febrifuge (reduces fever)
- menstrual stimulant
- tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body systems)
- vermifuge (expels worms)
It is definitely one to research and get excited about it showing up in your garden or yard. Make peace with its arrival and maybe find some ways it can help your family.
**As always with any plant you are unfamiliar with do not consume without confirming what it is and seeking medical advice of any drug interactions.
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