GUINEA HEN weed, known to South Americans as anamu, is a herb that is indigenous 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 – guinea hen weed, guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root.
The Anamu herb, What Jamaicans call guinea hen weed or garlic weed is now known as having cancer fighting ingredients.
Anamu herb (Guinea Henweed) is indigenous to the Amazon rain-forest and the tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Africa.
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 Petivera Alliacea and it is highly regarded by Jamaican herb doctors for its many medicinal properties. Anamu, a shrub, is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and also to other regions 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.
Jamaican 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 asstudies have confirmed that Gineau Hen Weed may lead to abortions due to the fact that it promotes contractions of the uterus. Please be careful if you think you may be pregnant do not take this herb.
How to use your herb ( guinea hen weed)
- Bring to Boil two cups of water, add guinea hen weed (2-3 tea spoons) let boil for ten mins then step for five mins and enjoy a cup hot or cool. for larger batch Bring to Boil two quart water, add guinea hen weed (6 Oz) Boil for ten minutes, leave to cool, strain and bottle, keep refrigerated.
- Drink one shot (like espresso) once daily for two weeks.
- Rest for two weeks and then repeat.
NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice.