Have you ever been suffering from menstrual pain? or Looking for dysmenorrhea treatment? Try Artemisia an herbal that is good for dysmennorhea and can treat numerous body disorders.


Artemisia (artemisia tridente) refferred to as wormwood and sagebrush.This herbs are commonly called Artamisa in hiligaynon. In greek methology, Artemisia bears the name of the goddess Artemis known as Diana in Roman dietes. This plant belongs to the daisy family Asteraceae and the kingdom Plantae. It grows in a temperate climate and dry environment. The leaves are grayish-green color and covered with small silky hairs. It has an aromatic scent but a bitter taste. Flowers are  small and has a yellow color. The leaves and roots are the most commonly used parts of the Artemisia herb. It can be dried and used in a differrent preparations.


Artemisia plant can be used in differrent preparations


Artemisia can be use as seasoning for its aromatic taste and can also be use in preparing differrent alcoholic beverages.In French, leaves of artemisia can be use to flavor poultry dishes and can make vinegar called tarragon vinegar.


Artemisia can also be use in your own houses. It releases fresh nd aromatic smell because of its camphor-like aroma that is use as an air freshener. The Artemisia twigs or branches can keep away insects and protect your cloths moths. It has also disinfectant that can use as a floor wash and can kill germs.


Artemisia can be a remedy to a different body disorders because of its substance that contains tonic, anti-septic, and anti-fungal properties. It can be used to prevent wound infections, stop internal bleding, and can also treat headaches and colds. Artemisia leaves can also cure digestive disorders and sore eyes.



Many studies shows that artemisia can effectively cure malaria. In this reason, NGO’s and IGO’s give artemisia tea bags to countries where malaria is constant.


Artemisia Plant has anti-inflammatory properties that can cure bruises, itches,and swellings. It can also be a solution to your skin problems because it can make skin ointment and anti-septic to prevent infections.


Artemisia herb are also effective in treating digestive disorders like stomach ache, constipation, abdominal pains, diarhea, and parasitic infections. It was proved that are artemisia can help expel worms ans other parasites from digestive tracts. It can also help improve your digestion and revitalize your appetite.


Artemisia tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve menstrual pains.


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In preparing an artemisia tea you must dry the artemisia leaves and boiled it or you can buy an artemisia tea bags in a nearby herbal store. You can also mixed the artemisia leaves and roots then boiled it.


Like any other herbs, artemisia has also side-effects if taken inappropriately.

Avoid using Artemisia if you are allergic to herbs belonging to the daisy family.

A diabetec person must prevent from taking Artemisia because it might react with its medication.

According to the article that I’ve read, Michael Moore states that, ” considering the highly reactive state of pregnancy and the fact that fetal growth is a template that can manifest pharmacokinetics very differrently than adults”, it is not advisable to take Artemisia during pregnancy and lactation.

REMEMBER, it is better to seek the advice of your physician before taking Artemisia or any treatment to make sure it is suitable for you.






Gumamela (HIBISCUS) as an Alternative Medicine For Common Illness

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As much as possible we would like to use herbs as an alternative medicine for some practical reasons. When we say illness usually people would worry about medical expenses. But now, we don’t have to worry much because there are existing herbs that was proven effective. One of them is gumamela that is very accessible and can be seen even in our backyards. Have you ever imagine how this flowers growing in some of our gardens can be an option in curing our illnesses? I was also surprised when I discovered its multiple benefits.

Gumamela scientifically known as (Hibiscus rosa- sinensis Linn) is a shrub that usually grows from 1 meter up to 4 meters high and usually culminated as ornamental plant in the Philippines. Gumamela (Hibiscus) flower varies in different color: red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink, and other color combination. The Hibiscus with 5 petals are noted to have medicinal properties. The flowers are considered as astringent, the roots contain mucilage that is calming on the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory tracts. It has also the following medicinal use: expectorant, diuretic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic anodyne, and refrigerant.

Parts Utilized and their uses

  • Flowers as flavanoids and proanthocyanidins which are antioxidant, antipyretic,analgesic and spasmolytic.
  • Roots as expectorant
  • Leaves as laxative
  • Seeds as stimulant
  • Bark as emmenagogue

Used as treatment of:

  • Bronchitis- as an expectorant
  • Coughs, Sore Throat
  • Fever- as refrigerant drink
  • Treats dysentery
  • Urinary Tract Infection, Bladder Infections
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prevention of Constipation
  • headaches, boils, swelling, abscesses and mumps
  • In Venezuela, used to treat tumors
  • In Dominican Republic, used to treat hematomas
  • Myocardial Injury, Myocardian Injury
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Preparations and Use of Gumamela (Hibiscus)

There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal medicine. The dried and fresh gumamela.

For the dried gumamela, first collect the flower, leaves and roots. Wash, then cut into small pieces and sun dry. To use as decoction, boil the parts of gumamela that was dried (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1 glass of water).

For the fresh gumamela, wash the gumamela flower and leaves , cut into small pieces and boil (1/3 cup of gumamelain 1 glass of water).

Use as Poultice

Poultice is the use of fresh or dried herbs that is mashed, crushed or pounded and often heated (boiled in water to soften) and applied to the skin directly to reduce pain.

Preparation and Medicinal Use:

  • For mumps and urinary tract infection: use dried drug materials 15-30 grams, boil to decoction and drink.
  • Decoction of roots, barks, leaves and flowers can be used as an emollient
  • For abscesses, carbuncles and boils: crush fresh leaves and poultice the infected area. Also, pound flower buds into a paste and apply to external swellings; used for boils, cancerous swellimg and mumps.
  • Decoction of roots can also be used as expectorant for coughs and drops for sore eyes.
  • Decoction from roots of red and white-flowered plants is a Kelantan antidote for poison. Same decoction is drunk for venereal disease and fever.
  • Decoction of flowers and roots can be used as natural diuretic.
  • Bark is an emmenagogue; can also be used to normalize menstruation.
  •  Malays, use a decotion of leaves as a lotion for fevers, and roots can be used for the glands in the neck.
  • Infusion or poultice of leaves used for headaches.
  • Seeds used as a stimulant and for cramps.
  • Decoction of leaves can be used for fevers.
  • Leaves are mildly laxative.
  • Mucilage applied during labor.
  • Red flowers used for sprue.
  • Infusion of flowers and leaves used as expectorant in bronchitis.
  • Infusion of flowers, exposed all night to the dew can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Flowers fried in ghee, given for menorrhagia. the dark red petals are used as a mucilaginous infusion for painful urination, strangury, cystitis, and other irritable genitourinary conditions.
  • Hair stimulant: oil made by mixing the juice of fresh petals and olive oil in equal proportions, and boiled until the water has evaporated.
  • Seeds, pounded to a pulp and mixed with water, can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Red flowers are purgative, when taken with papaya seeds may be abortive.