The benefits of Arada

Its name Arada comes from a vernacular language practiced by a West African ethnic group that has provided many slaves to the West Indies. But it is also known as anamu, chicken grass, mucura, stinky verbena, fake garlic or even pee root!

It is an indigenous plant that grows in the forest and more specifically in shady wetlands. Its flowering takes place from November to February. It grows mainly on the Amerindian continent and in Martinique, this species grows spontaneously near houses, on wasteland, meadows, and undergrowth.

If it is sometimes called false garlic, it is especially because all the parts of the plant, and more particularly the root, exhale a strong, penetrating odor which remembers that of garlic. Some use it elsewhere to ward off insects that attack clothing and woolen fabrics or for bats.

History and traditional uses

Brazil

This plant is used as an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-inflammatory drug especially for arthritis and gastric disorders. The Indians still use it for blood and vascular problems. It is one of seven plants used by the Cabloco community of Amazonia for the relief of pain. In Brazilian plant medicine, it is called Tipi and is considered an antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue (which stimulates blood flow) and a sudorific (which causes sweating).

The root is more effective than the leaves. The root is considered anesthetic and analgesic. The leaves are used as a poultice for external use for headaches, rheumatic pains and other types of pain. It is also like a powerful insecticide.

Guatemala

In plant medicine in Guatemala, it is called Apacin and is used as a traditional remedy against sinusitis (by inhalation of the powder made from the root of the plant). The leaf-based decoction is for internal use to treat digestive problems, slow digestion and having gas and fever.

Its name Arada comes from a vernacular language practiced by a West African ethnic group that has provided many slaves to the West Indies. But it is also known as anamu, chicken grass, mucura, stinky verbena, fake garlic or even pee root!

It is an indigenous plant that grows in the forest and more specifically in shady wetlands. Its flowering takes place from November to February. It grows mainly on the Amerindian continent and in Martinique, this species grows spontaneously near houses, on wasteland, meadows, and undergrowth.

If it is sometimes called false garlic, it is especially because all the parts of the plant, and more particularly the root, exhale a strong, penetrating odor which remembers that of garlic. Some use it elsewhere to ward off insects that attack clothing and woolen fabrics or for bats.

Haiti

The leaf-based decoction is used externally as an analgesic for muscle pain and skin diseases. In Haiti, the extract made from crushed leaves or roots of arada is inhaled to treat migraines and a maceration of these leaves is used as an analgesic by mouthwashes for dental pain. It would also be used against water retention and for its action on emunctories.

It is, moreover, vesicant, antispasmodic and vermifuge. Descourtilz ranks it in the category of foul antispasmodics.

Puerto Rico

Roots have been reported as odontalgic (which heals dental pain). In Puerto Rico, a decoction of the plant is given to new mothers, to prevent accidents from diapers. Infusion of leaves is recommended to speed up and facilitate delivery and asthenia. The leaves are used for the preparation of aromatic baths causing general sweating which results in a decrease in temperature in the infectious febrile fevers. this preparation is also used in enema against intestinal fermentation.

Applied in a wet compress on the forehead, it relieves headaches

The juice of the fresh and crushed leaves is used for the disinfection of wounds. The dose used is 30 gr. per liter of water in decoction, to be taken by glass every hour.

In homeopathy, Petiveria’s indications are paralysis, paraplegia with numbness, feeling cold inside, cold in the bones. (Cabre)

The arada heals innumerable ailments such as digestive disorders, sinusitis, colds, and flu. The effectiveness of the anamu as anesthetic makes it effective against all kinds of pain, arthritis and muscle pain, migraines and toothache. This plant prevents many infections and regulates the nervous system by reducing anxiety.

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