- is from corn. We have harvested corn silk from previous corn crops (as it grows fast), and we expect to harvest more soon. Corn silk can be used for burining urine, kidney stones, and bladder infections.
Dandelion - is currently growing in our culinary garden. GWH currently has dehydrated root available for infusion and decoctions. Superfood-medicine.....
Hoja sen - as this is a beautiful flowering plant, this is planted everywhere on the property. It also helps the soil as the plant serves as a nitrogen fixer. GWH has used this as a tea for "movement" and relaxation. Hoja sen is a analgesic, anodyne, and laxative.
Ginger - two types of ginger are grown at GWH. Both are used for both cooking, teas, and other medicinal remedies. "Ginger is a cleansing and tonic herb for the entire body". It can be used as an aphrodisiac, and substitute for coffee. It's good for sore throats, sore muscles, strains, sprains, and arthritis, circulation, digestion, kidney and bladder problems.
Golden shower tree - this tree was planted last year and it is unknown if this tree has survived.
Gotu kola - the gotu kola had previously not made it, overtaken by a non-edible Nasturtium. We invested in gotu kola again and have planted it in thier own spaces. During this rainy season, they are currently thriving. It is a nervine, and so good for stress and fatigue. "One of the best herbal medicines for skin infections."
Gaupinol - two trees have been planted on green space land adjacent to the property. We eagerly await these trees to mature to the point they are able to provide us with nutriment and medicine.
Greater plantain - did not make it.
Guava - GWH house has a beautiful guava tree that is the highlight of the "fairy garden". Tea of the leaves can be used for an astringent and antimicrobial skin wash or douche.
Hibiscus - this is used extensively both at GWH and the larger farm as useful but also ornamental borders. The rosa de jamaica (a type of hibiscus) has been abundantly planted here for it's vitamin C powers that we like to absorb through teas. The leaves and flowers are edible and can be used raw in salads. Leaves can provide relief for menustration and postpartum hemorrahages.
Hoja de estrella - grows in the surrounding jungle (aka quebrada aka biological corridor). This is used for skin problems and sore muscles.
Horsetail - surprisingly, this resilient plant did not make it.
Indian almond - beach almond has been planted for the Scarlet Macaws. We need to find out if beach almond is the Indian almond. If so, we have two trees. If not, we don't.
Jackass Bitters (JAB) aka Gavilana - this is growing like a weed. It wants to be here and seems to be dancing for our attention, "work with me". We have begun our journey into using this as a parasite detox as both tea and decoction. JAB is a stomachic, antidiarrheal, antiparasitic, febrifuge, anitviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.
Juanilama - we use this both fresh and dried for teas especially when sick with a cold. Juanilama is a sudorific (helps with prespiration), an antispasmodic, expectorant, digestive, and nervine.
Lemongrass - grown close to the house for medicinal purposes. Reduces fevers and inflammation. Also good for digestion and nervous conditions. Listed as a relaxant though (not a nervine).
Life everlasting - grown both in the medicinal garden and the food forest. Planted here by Adriana to help with headaches. This can be used both externally and internally. A juice, like aloe, can be extracted from the leaves. It is antiseptic, astringent, hemostatic, anodyne, and antiherpetic.
Mimosa - grows wild at GWH and the larger farm. It is an anodyne, an antispasmodic, and sedative.
Mints - previously our mints did not make it. We currently have 3 different mints growing and we are rooting for them all. Two live in the culinary garden area and one is planted by "Pisa Papaya". Mints are relaxants, stomachics, antibacterial agents, and carminative (for gas).
Mozote de caballo - this was growing (as advised) on the borderof the property. We have used this in a tea. The stickers are quite a thing to get off of clothes. If this does not come back we are grateful for the time we spent with this beautiful gift of Nature but will not be investing in its return. Many of the same benefits as aloe.
Noni - growing in our food forest. Quite stinky but looking to find ways to ingest this medicine in pleasant ways. Good for absorbing facial oil and also staff infections from infected sores and boils. Has also been used as a treatment for chronic illnesses and juice can be used to remove head lice.
Oregano - GWH boats three types of oregano. Two live in the culinary garden and one more grows in the food forest. Who knew an oregano bush could be 10 feet tall? Good for nerves, colds and flus.
Papaya - GWH boasts a mini-papaya farm. We have plenty to share with the birds. Good for digestion, constipation, liver problems and lowering of blood pressure.
Parsley - we have grown this but it has not thrived. Can help with tumors, edeme, worms kidney stones, the regulaton of menstruation, and works as a great body tonic. Seems we should try harder to make this work here ;)
Passionflower - we have planted many passionflower plants over the years and have not seen them yet thrive. Patiently waiting. We planted 6 more within the last 2 months. Although the seeds can be used for a deworming agent, the main medicinal characteristic is listed as "sedative".
Pink Shower tree aka Carao - we have two planted and are very excited to see these grow and thrive for beauty and medicinal powers. The "caroblike syrup from the seedpod makes a nutritious drink (rich in vitamins and minerals) that is used to treat anemia and a general state of lethargy". It is also good for edema, backaches, kidney problems, and skin infections like ringworm.
P’au de arco - on the wish list. A sacred tree to the Indigenous. We need to wait till next May to plant.
Jocote - we currently have one tree. After 2 1/2 years it is finally starting to grow in a way that makes us believe it will make it and thrive. Excited to have Jocote join the future food forest team. Has been used to treat bloating, gas, diarehea, dysentery, and jaundice. It is considered a nutritive (probably for the fruit), antidiarrheal, antiherpetic, and antispasmodic.
Madero negro - abundant on the farm and we use it mostly for temporary structures, including stakes for other plants. The leaves are supposed to be good for skin infections, pimples, boils, rashes and burns. The leaves can also be used as a flea wash for pets. Some people eat the flowers cooked.
Redhead - grows wildly around the property. We have not yet used redhead. Good for fungal infections, stings, sores, cuts, burns, insect bites, itches, and bruises.
Rosemary - we now have 3 down from 4 bushes left. GWH uses rosemary mostly in cooking and medicinal oil concoctions. Stimulates sweating, good for circulation including scalp and hair. Good for sore muscles and digestive system.
Rue - didn’t make it and we think it's okay. Rue is from Europe and does not thrive in the hot tropical climate.
Sage - although wild sage grows well in this climate, the other white sages do not. We currently have them growing in pots and their current state of health is kind of struggling. A friend to females (the book says helping "an assortment of female maladies".) Sages is astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, tonic, antispasmodic, and an nervine. It can be used as a tea, burned, or made into an oil although essential oils are strong and can cause nausea or vomiting.
Sanseveria - this is a go to only after Aloe. GWH has this growing mostly as an aloe backup and ornamental for pathways. In addition to antibacterial, antiseptic, antiherpetic, and astringent qualities it is also an anti-fungal.
Saragundi - we have many trees growing here as they are fast growing and provide shade for some of our other plant friends. Luckily we have not felt we needed to use the medicinal properties of this plant. Used to treat skin fungal infections, urinary problems, female infertility, and can be used as a vulnerary (treatment of wounds).
Sarsaparilla - on our wish list.
Scorpions tail - grows wildly at GWH. Good for boils. No longer recommended to be taken internally.
Shrub verbena - also known as lantana. This is grown as a mosquito repellant and was recently understood as a sacred plant to the Hawaiians. According to Pohala.net, this plant can help against EMF pollution.
Spiral flag - growing in our "Lugar de John" or future moonlight garden (for bats). This has been used to treat eye problems.
Stevia - not currently used but grown in our culinary garden. Dried leaves are more potent than fresh.
Stinging nettle - this did not make it and we will not be replacing as the name is an accurate description and thrives in cooler climate.
Strangler fig - grows wildly in the surrounding biological corridor that borders the food forest or somewhere on the larger farm. Good for parasitic intestinal worms "particulary whipworms".
Thyme - growing in our culinary garden. Will be used for future bitters. Supposed to be a great antibacterial agent and is good for stomach issues.
Sheila (tradescantia) - created this name as we did not like the other names. This name honors an Irish Goddess. This is growing around many of our citrus trees to act as a living "mulch". The juice "is used to combat hemmorages and neuralgia of the face." As an anodyne it reduces pain. It is antiherpetic, antiseptic, a hemostatic, and astringent.
Tropical elm guacimo - will be on the lookout. We believe this does grow either at GWH now or on the larger farm in the surrounding biological corridor that borders the food forest. "A rinse from the leaves is said to reduce hair loss."
Tuete - grows wildly around GWH in the surrounding biological corridor that borders the food forest. "Primarily used as a wash to remedy skin problems (such as cuts and bruises), to stop bleeding, and to reduce swelling."
Turmeric - growing definitively in the medicinal garden but also in other locations around GWH. Used often. Blood purifier and used often anit-inflammation and cancer prevention. A staple in Ayurvedic medicine.
Vervain - had died out but rebought from Ark Herb Farms. Currently in the medicianl garden. "This little plant has remarkable healing powers." It is an astringent, diuretic, emmenaggue, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary, nervine, galactagogue, and sudorific.
Wild sage - used primarily last season for creating sage burn bundles. We have one main plant though cuttings were made (and we need to check on progress) for the newly planted lot. Applied as a mceration, "it helps heal lacerations, bruises, strains, and sprains". As an external infusion it can help with rashes and skin infections. Internatlly it has been reported successful in relieving insomnia, menstrual problems, hemorrhoids, headaches, respiratory infections, asthma, digestive and nervous disorders.
Wild tobacco - on our wish list.
Yarrow - thrives typically in a colder climate. During this rainy season, the yarrow is doing well but summer will come soon... Growing this in part for La Perra Hermosa Brewery.
Yucca - GWH has a type of yucca growing that is used for food. The medicinal variety listed in the book we use is currently not being grown.
Zornia - grows wildly at GWH and the larger farm. GWH has not yet communted with Zornia. Tea is mild enough for children. Helps combat amoebas and other microparasites.