Stop and Smell…the Flowers

Known for its lush landscape, Costa Ballena is blessed with amazingly eye pleasing flora, many of these plants also hold various medicinal properties. Feast your eyes on a few of them!

Which ones are your favourites?!

passionflowerPassionflower (Passiflora incarnata) – The chemicals in passionflower have calming, sleep inducing,and muscle spasm relieving effects. Often used as a natural treatment for anxiety.



Milk-thistleMilk Thistle (Silybum marianum) – For many centuries extracts of milk thistle have been recognized as “liver tonics.”




hot-lips-flowerHot Lips Flower (Salvia microphylla) – Commonly used as a painkiller for headaches, sprains and bruises, ear aches and coughs.




spiral-flagSpiral Flag/Fiery Costus (Chamaecostus cuspidatus) – The fresh stems of this plant may be used for the treatment of kidney ailments, skin disorders or eye problems.




plumeriaPlumeria/Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) – The leaves can be used as poultices (a healing wrap) for bruises and ulcers.




bougainvilleaBougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra) – The leaves are considered to have antiinflammatory properties and can be used to soothe a sore throat and cough.




shampoo-gingerShampoo Ginger/Pinecone Ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) – The most common use is as a shampoo and conditioner for your hair. In traditional use, the rhizome was used for toothache and treating cavities.




hibiscusHibiscus/Jamaican Flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) – High in vitamins and minerals it holds powerful antioxidant properties, helping lower elevated blood pressure, bad cholesterol and detoxify the entire body.




firebushFirebush (Hamelia patens) – Indigenous tribes use the plant to prepare a natural remedy to treat all types of skin problems ranging from rashes, wounds, burns, skin fungus and insect stings/bites.



Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. – Theodore Roethke