What is Gineau Hen Weed?
Gineau Hen Weed is the Jamaican name given to the Anamu herb. In Jamaica, Anamu is also referred to as ‘Gully Root’ and ‘Garlic Weed’ due to its strong garlic-like smell. The scientific name for the herb is actually PetiveraAlliacea and it is highly regarded by Jamaican herb doctors for its many medicinal properties.Anamu, a shrub, is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and alsoto otherregions with warm tropical climate such as Central America, Africa and the Caribbean.Anamu contains a host of active compounds such as flavonoids, steroids and sulfur compounds along with chemicals such as astilbin, coumarin, proline and stearic acid.
How to use Gineau Hen Weed?
The Anamu plant is used in a number of ways here in Jamaica. Firstly, the root is sometimes crushed and used as an inhalant to remedy a stuffy nose and sinus problems. The root may also be crushed and allowed to soak in warm water for a couple days after which salt and ginger are added to create a beverage.
Packaged powdered versions of the plant are also available, making it easier to use. The powder may be added to a glass of warm water and consumed as a tea daily; locals believe that it is best to have this tea on an empty stomach.
Medicinal benefits of Gineau Hen Weed
Amanu is thought to be beneficial for a host of illnesses and diseases, most notable cancer. Scientific studies have shown that the herb helps to slow down the growth of a number of different types of cancer and leukemia cells. The herb is also believed to be useful as a general pain reliever and strong anti-bacterial.Anamu is also used to treat high blood sugar, boost the immune system, treat STDs and as a preventative for yeast infections.
The herb, like all others, should be had in moderation as it is a natural blood thinner. Pregnant women should also not use the herb as studies have confirmed that Guinea Hen Weed may lead to abortions due to the fact that it promotes contractions of the uterus.