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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Picrasma excelsa

Alternate Names: Bitter Wood, Jamaican Quassia, Bitter Ash


Parts Used: Chips of wood, inner bark.

Properties: Anthelmintic, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Febrifuge, Laxative, Sialagogue, Stomach Tonic, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Anorexia, Dysentery, Dyspepsia, Fever, Malaria, Parasites, Rheumatism, Worms

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Its effectiveness against parasites includes threadworms, Giardia and amoebas. The quassinoids are being investigated for their effects against leukemia. The tree itself is resistant to pests so it is not surprising that it is an antiparasitic healing agent.

Topical Uses: Dandruff, Insect Repellent, Lice, Worms

Topical Applications: Use in wash and lotions agains lice and as an insect repellent. Used in enemas to get rid of intestinal worms. Hair rinse for dandruff.

Culinary uses: Bitter flavoring for soft drinks, bitter tonics and liqueurs.

Chemical Constituents: Quassin, alkaloids, thiamin.

Contraindications: Large doses may cause vomiting.

Comments: Native to the Caribbean and the American tropics, Quassia is named after a native healer (a Guyanan slave) named Quassi who introduced Europeans to the health benefits of the tree. The genus name, Picrasma, is from Greek and means 'bitter taste'. It is considered one of the safest insecticides. It kills a wide variety of insects, but spares beneficial ones such as ladybugs. Organic gardeners soak the wood chips in water, strain them and use the liquid as a spray to deter aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealy bugs, sawflies, slugs and thrips. It is also used in making fly paper. Quassin is about 50 times more bitter than quinine.
The species Picrasma excelsa was formerly known as Picraenia excelsa.


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Alex Deleon said...

alex deleon....

we got same species of Simaruba in the philippines.,,It is almost 100 years used it by herbalist...I search all the way in the internet comparing the picture, truck yellowish when exposed to air.8 to 12 inches long of leaves ,,flowers in cluster small black seed like a small pea....very bitter 4 to 5 meters long in height and rarely seen in the mountains of the philippines...I used it to cure dysentery 100% it cures,,,cataract and other ailments of the body specially secreationas.

Hoping someone would help me identify its compound as rarely see a real picture in the internet...It cures almost all ailments of the body.

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