Medicinal Plants

Justicia secunda
St. Johns bush 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.