Herbal Medicinal Plants
Local herbal remedies should only be used under the guidance
of a knowledgeable herbal medicine practioner!
Johns bush, Justicia secunda, has two major uses—to treat red-eye and to start
menstruation (an abortifacient). In both cases it is boiled and
strained. When menstruation is scanty a decoction can be of three
leaves each of St. John’s bush, planten (Plantago major), mint (Mentha
nemorosa) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), sweetened and ½ cup drunk
morning and night. For red-eye, planten and dité peyi (Capraria
biflora) is drawn with the St. John’s bush. Some golden seal
powder may be added. For diabetics steep three leaves in a cup of
hot water and drink twice daily.
Verna Slane 1987