Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii)
- A small multi- branching aromatic herb commonly known as Peppermint. The leaves are small, elliptical ands with soothed margin. The stem creeps to ground, and develops roots. May also be propagated through cuttings.
- leaves, sap of plant
- For pain in different parts of the body as headache, stomach ache – boil chopped leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Cool and strain. Divide decoction into two parts and drink one part every three hours.
- Rheumatism, arthritis and headache – crush the fresh leaves squeeze sap. Massage sap on painful parts with eucalyptus.
- Cough and colds – get about 10 fresh leaves and soak in a glass of hot water. Drink as tea. Acts as an expectorant.
- Swollen Gums – steep 6 grams of fresh plant in a glass of boiling water for 30 minutes. Use solution as gargle.
- Toothaches – cut fresh plant and squeeze sap. Soak a piece of cotton in the sap and insert this in aching tooth cavity. Mouth should be rinsed by gargling salt solution before inserting the cotton. To prepare salt solution add 5 grams of table salt to one glass of water.
- Menstrual and gas pain – soak a handful of leaves in a glass of boiling water. Drink infusion. It induces menstrual flow and sweating.
- Nausea and fainting – crush leaves and apply at nostrils of patients.
- Insect bites – crush leaves and apply juice on affected part or pound leaves until paste-like. Then rub this on affected part.
- Pruritis– boil plant alone or with eucalyptus in water. Use decoction as wash on affected area.
Sources: Cuevas, Francis Public Health Nursing in the Philippines. 10th Edition 2007