Jamaican GUINEA HEN WEED , (Petiveria alliacea) Dried CARIBBEAN Herbs
GUINEA HEN weed, known to South Americans as anamu, is a herb that is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and the tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. Its botanical name is Petiveria alliacea. In Jamaica, it has several names – Petiveria alliacea, guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root.
Central, South America , Africa
Anamu has a long history of use in herbal medicine in all the countries where it grows. Herbalists and natural health practitioners have traditionally used anamu for a wide variety of conditions including arthritis, digestive disorders, infections, diabetes, cancer and pain relief .
Over the past quarter of a century, however, modern scientific research has studied anamu intensively and many biologically active compounds have been discovered in the plant: flavanoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. The research published on anamu now validates many of the historical uses of this herb.
Interestingly, the researchers found that of the 20 compounds isolated from the plant – several of which had never been identified in nature before – some were similar to compounds found in garlic, a plant known to have medicinal properties.
Anamu ‘Petiveria allicea’ Guinea hen weed
Product Detail: Petiveria allicea wild seeds. Germination rate 85%. Purity 99%. Packet includes instructions for planting.
General Plant Information: Petiveria alliacea or Guinea Hen Weed is a flowering species native to United States, Mexico, Central America, the Carribean, and tropical South America. It is a herbaceous shrub that grows up to 1 m tall, with deep root system and small green flowers. The roots and leaves have pungent odor similar to that of garlic. There is no known edible use of this plant but it is a known medicinal plant for the treatment of fever, diarrhea, headaches, earaches, and other wide range of conditions. It has pain relieving, anti microbial, and anti inflammatory properties. The leaves can be used as an insecticide.
Information for planting:
Information about our seeds: Most of our seeds come from traditional crops that farmers have cultivated for many years. These seeds are not GMO, do not chemically or biologically treated and are processed with minimal mechanization. Seeds are hand selected, prepared and packaged.
Guarantee: Seeds are living products that depend on many factors such as proper planting time and technique, depth of sowing, soil, proper germination environment, fertility, disease control, insect control, and reasonable weather for direct sown seeds. If any of these factors are not right, it may cause the seed to not perform and because most, if not all, of these are out of our control, most of the success of these seeds is in the hands of the grower. If they have been cared for properly and still fail to grow, we will replace the seed, one time.
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I haven’t posted to my blog in a few months. Hopefully, you noticed. However, I was invited to be a guest blogger for the Herb Companion magazine, so I did a post for them. Check it out at HerbCompanion.com.
I’m a gatherer of information and I’ve been doing some serious collecting lately. I’ve got lots of great stuff to share with you. I’ll get right on that.
My latest favorite is the Guinea Hen Weed. I find this herb to be absolutely amazing. I’m wondering why there isn’t more of it around.
Dried guinea hen weed in my hand.
I learned about this plant in Kingston, Jamaica last year. A friend (David Couch) asked me if I’d ever heard of it. I hadn’t. When he began to describe this herb to me I jumped up with excitement. “Do you have any? Can you show me?” You’ll have to click on the HerbCompanion.com link for the rest of the story.
This extraordinary plant fights cancer and scientists are actively studying its properties. This herb can find and kill the cancer cells without damaging the good, disease-fighting cells. I need to add a disclaimer here in the middle of my story. I’m not a doctor and I am making no claims about anything. I simply gather information that I find to be wonderful and pass it along. The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor has a wealth of information on guinea hen weed. Click here for an excerpt from the book.
A bag of dried guinea hen weed with a label on it from a health food store in Kingston, Jamaica.
Guinea hen weed (Petiveria allicea) is a viney plant that grows all over the island of Jamaica. It’s also known as ‘skunk weed’ because it has a really stinky smell to it when it’s fresh. It doesn’t smell bad when it’s dried.
I found many stores that sell the dried herb in Jamaica. I paid $200 Jamaican dollars for the bag in the photo above which converts to $2.85 U.S. There’s a website called Rain Tree Nutrition that sells it in the United States in capsule form, (they call it anamu).
I believe interest in this healer is gaining in popularity and I bet you’ll be hearing more about it.