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?!
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) – The chemicals in passionflower have calming, sleep inducing,and muscle spasm relieving effects. Often used as a natural treatment for anxiety.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) – For many centuries extracts of milk thistle have been recognized as “liver tonics.”
Hot Lips Flower (Salvia microphylla) – Commonly used as a painkiller for headaches, sprains and bruises, ear aches and coughs.
Spiral 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.
Plumeria/Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) – The leaves can be used as poultices (a healing wrap) for bruises and ulcers.
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra) – The leaves are considered to have antiinflammatory properties and can be used to soothe a sore throat and cough.
Shampoo 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.
Hibiscus/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.
Firebush (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