Jamaican Spanish Needle
The Spanish Needle’s leaves grow freely in Jamaica and are also known as Demon Spike Grass, Ghost Needle, Black Jack, Needle Grass and Beggars Tick.
It can be seen in fields, roadways and even on the lawns. It is a very showy herb because it is very easy to be seen from afar because of its colourful and bright flowers. It possesses white petals settled around a circle of beautiful yellow blooms similar to daisies.
Spanish Needle is known for its powerful antibiotic but also its antibacterial properties. It is also reported to be effective against tumours.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPANISH NEEDLE
Every aspect of the plant is beneficial from the root, stem, leaves and seed. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antidysenteric properties. It also serves as a diuretic and contains antimalarial properties, making extracts from the plant treatment for malaria in certain cultures. Its extract may also be used as a natural mouthwash. It is also helpful for treating swellings, stomach ailments, joint discomfort, as well as cold and flu. In fact, the tea is also used to wash boils and rashes on the skin.
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DOSAGE / USE
The green leaves may be steamed or eaten raw like callaloo or mixed with callaloo and cabbage to create a tasty and healthy meal that is loaded with a number of health benefits. Among other benefits, their tea is known to be used as an effective treatment for worms and flatulence.
Disclaimer: Information on this and all herbs listed here are not intended as a medical reference but as a source of information. Before trying any herbal remedy please consult your medical practitioner.