Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Amazing Health Benefits of Bowstring Hemp (Buntot Tigre) That You Should Know

Bowstring Hemp or also known as “Buntot Tigre” is an herbaceous perennial plant, and is often used in the garden as border plants.

The leaves are like sword, stiff and smooth. Some of the leaves have marble patterns, while other are gold-edged and sometimes concave on the upper surface.

The flowers are tubular, white to yellowish, in a group of 4 to 6, scattered along the stalk. Strong fibers from the leaves for making cloth, twine and paper.

Medicinal Use
  • Stomachache
  • As a purgative
  • Promotes the removal of mucous secretion from the bronchial tubes
  • Give tone and vitality to the body
  • Swelling due to injuries
  • Asthma

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How To Use:
  • The decoction of the plant’s root is used as a tonic, purgative and as an expectorant.
  • For amenorrhea, prepare ash of the Bone-setter plant by crushing the stem and mixing it with a pinch of salt. Then, burn it over coal on a slow fire. Take a pinch of this ash along with 1 teaspoon of clarified butter or ghee. Repeat this method 3 times a day for 3 – 7 days.
  • For diarrhea, add a pinch of the same ash in a small amount of hot water and drink.
  • For injuries, muscular pain and sprains, grind the whole plant into a fine paste with equal quantities of fresh turmeric rhizomes. Apply it on the affected areas and secure it with a bandage. Leave for a few days.
  • To control obesity, take 3 to 4 pinches of the ash along with buttermilk or coconut water and control the intake of fatty foods. Have an exercise for at least 30 to 40 minutes, as perspiration will help eliminate the unwanted fats.
  • For stomach ache, take a handful each of the whole bone setter plant and drumstick flowers along with 1 tablespoon of copra (dried coconut).grind with a little water, extract the juice and drink it.
  • For piles, stomach ailments and ulcer, take 3 to 4 pinches of the same ash with 1 - 2 teaspoons of clarified butter or ghee for 2 - 3 months.
  • For swelling due to injuries, pound the plant and extract one cup of its juice. Add 1 - 2 teaspoons each of salt and tamarind and boil the mixture. While it is still warm, apply it into the affected areas.
  • The stem beaten into a paste is given in small quantities to control asthma.

Important Note: The juice of this plant can irritate the skin and cause itching. Excess use of bonesetter’s plant can be toxic. Moreover, self-medication or frequent use can be dangerous. However, it is a good idea to consult your doctor first.