Health Benefits of Hilbas
Scientific Name: Artemisia vulgaris
English Name: Mugwort
Filipino Name: Hilbas
Hilbas is a plant that commonly grows in tropical countries in Asia, North America and in Europe. It can grow up to 3 feet. Its leaves are green to dark green, lobed and incised and are compound. This plant has a mint smell which is refreshing and it has tiny, white to purple flowers that bloom in the summer time. Hilbas can grow anywhere along the road side, the backyards, and the grasslands. Some people keep this plant as household ornament.
USES OF HILBAS
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HILBAS
1. Cough and Colds – Its refreshing mint fragrance can help relieve cough and colds. It is used as fresh tea by infusion.
2. Delayed Menstruation and/or Amenorrhea – is the medical term for loss of period among women. Decoction and infusion are the two best methods used for the remedy of delayed menstruation and amenorrhea.
3. Aids in Digestion. Hilbas contains substances than can remove bloating and and any gas formed in the stomach. Because of its bitter taste, it becomes effective in any stomach discomfort like diarrhea, constipation, cramps and indigestion.
4. Sedative Effect – According to Annie in Annie’s Remedy, one of the most interesting uses of Hilbas is that it is a dream herb. It brings the dreamer more lucid dreams. It actually brings a person to a deep sleep because of its sedative effect which is good for calming frayed nerves and easing stress. Therefore it is also best for those who are suffering from insomnia.
5. Mental health – Hilbas roots can also relieve mental problems such us depression, fatigue, restlessness and anxiety.
6. Liver – Hilbas being beneficial for the overall health of digestive system is also beneficial for the overall health condition of the liver. It has the ability to stimulate gastric juice and bile secretion bringing a whole healthy liver.
All parts of Hilbas, from root to tip, can be used as remedy for any discomforts mentioned above. Its roots and leaves are best boiled, cooled, and used as substitute for water 2 – 3 times a day.