What is Spanish Needle
Spanish Needle, scientifically known as Bidens Pilosa, is a medical herb that forms part of the Asteraceae family. The plant is native to South America but has become common in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The plant grows freely in Jamaica and is also known by names such as Black Jack, Needle Grass, Broomstick, Beggars Tick and Demon Spike Grass. Astringent, anti- inflammatory and anti-infective, this plant can heal any number of irritations and infections externally and internally, especially those of the tender and vulnerable mucus membranes. It works very well on the lungs, the sinuses, the digestive tract, prostate, urinary tract, uterus and GI.
Health Benefits of Spanish Needle
The root, leaves and seed of the Spanish Needle have been known to possess anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antidysenteric properties. Spanish Needle also serves as a diuretic and contains antimalarial properties, making extracts from the plant a treatment for malaria in certain cultures. Due to the plant’s antiseptic properties, plant extract may also be used as a natural mouthwash to combat odor causing germs along with sore gums and mouth. The herb is also beneficial in treating joint discomfort, swellings, colic, stomach ailments along with the cold and flu.