GUACO (Asteraceae Mikania) Bark
About this Herb
The bush tea made from North East Africa Guaco is used as a remedy for treating diarrhea as well as to reduce fevers, suppress coughs and also as a natural blood thinner. Guaco is also used to cleanse the blood, improve digestion, combat asthma along with promoting a healthier respiratory system. Guaco is composed of cinnamic acid, kaurenoic acids, stigmasterol, glycosides, tannins and resins. It is used in the treatment of coughs, colds and flu, bronchitis, throat and skin infections, rheumatism, hoarseness, asthma, high fever and allergies.
Another great benefit of Guaco is the help it provides for those who want to lose weight, since their sweat properties increase the elimination of fluids from the body, eliminating toxins, bacteria and the extra liquid responsible for causing swelling.
Due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties, guaco is also widely used to treat arthritis, intestinal inflammation, rheumatism and ulcers. From the decoction of the leaves, patients can resolve rheumatic pains, neuralgia, eczema, itching and wounds. Guaco has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-bronchial properties. Guaco is used in traditional healing of the respiratory system for such ailments like asthma, bronchitis, colds, and flu. It’s also used for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation in the digestive tract and as an antibacterial for candida and yeast infections. Guaco is used as a remedy for treating diarrhea as well as to reduce fevers, suppress coughs and also as a natural blood thinner. Jamaican Guaco is also used to cleanse the blood, and can be used a poultice for skin rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. *NOTE* Guaco contains around 10 percent coumarin, which has blood thinning properties so if you are on any medication such as coumarin /coumadin, consult your physician before taking this plant.
Good Herbal Remedy:
How To Use:
Root Cold Infusion or Strong Decoction, 1-4 ounces (or 1/2 cup), 3 times daily day.Tincture: (Fresh Root, 1:2, Dry Root, 1:5, 60% alcohol) – 30-90 drops, 3 times daily.Capsules: 4 “O” capsules, 3 times daily. Standard dose
Infusion: 1/2 cup 3-4 times daily
Tincture: 3-4 ml three times daily
In Brazil, Guaco is traditionally prepared as an infusion (tea).
Powder: An infusion may be prepared by placing 1/2 cup of powdered leaves in a gauze bag. This is then placed in 1 litre of hot water and steep for approximately 15 minutes. Strain the infusion to remove sediments. Let it cool and drink as per dose. Unused portions may be refrigerated in a well-sealed container. The suggested dosage is half a cup, 4 times daily.
Dried leaves: An infusion may be prepared by using 2 cups of fresh leaves (or ½ cup dried leaves) and infuse them in 1 litre of water. A half-cup of this infusion is taken 4 times daily for rheumatism, respiratory problems and coughs.
Another recommendation is to infuse 1 tablespoon of guaco leaves in a litre of boiling water, leave for 5 minutes on the fire, then remove from the fire and let stand for 30 minutes.
The leaf infusion may also be used as a topical wound healer and pain-reliever (however the fresh leaves are more effective for this purpose than using dried leaves).
Topical: the leaf infusion or fresh crushed herb may be applied topically to wound and to relieve pain.
GUACO BARK (Asteraceae Mikania) Bark Pieces
From East Africa
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.