The Plant Cuban Oregano

Clavo or Suganda | Cuban OreganoBotanical Name: Coleus Amboinicus L. or Plectranthus amboinicus

Medicinal Properties: Aromatic, carminative, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, tonic, stimulant

The plant called is commonly known Clavo in the Philippines or Oregano like plant is found and cultivated in the Philippines. In other countries commonly called Cuban Oregano, Spanish Thyme, or Mexican Thyme/Mint. The leaves are very aromatic. This is an erect, spreading medicinal plant, with many branches, with fleshy leaves and stems. The margins of the leaves are toothed and rounded, with small flowers. The shape of the leaves is somewhat heart-like or heart-shaped.

Medicinally, the juice of the leaves is prescribed in cases of dyspepsia, cure for asthma, pains in the neighborhood of the heart and stomach, given after childbirth, coughs, bronchitis, bladder, kidneys, expels poison from the body, urinary diseases, vaginal discharges, chronic coughs, epilepsy, convulsive affections, colic in children, good in suppressed urine and menstruation, scurvy, jaundice, expels gas from the stomach and bowels, rheumatism, relieves sour stomach and dropsy.

The dose is one tablespoonful of the fresh juice every hour, for adult. For children, one teaspoonful every two hours, four times a day. As an infusion, 50 to 60 grams to a pint of boiling water, and drink the tea, 4 to 5 glasses a day. For Children, ½ cup 4 times a day. This treatment should be continued until the ailments are gone.

For deafness or pain and noises in the ear, just pour in the fresh, pure juice, and let it stop there for 10 minutes. For carbuncles, felons, boils, sprains, painful swellings, and in nervous cases, just make a poultice of the leaves and apply over the affected part. Change it 4 times a day. This is excellent.

As a heating compress, get several leaves, heat them and apply as a compress for a sore throat. For general doses, put two tablespoonfuls of dried leaves to a pint of boiling water. When fresh, double the amount of the leaves to a pint of boiling water. Drink one hour before or after the meals.

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