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The Healing Wonders of Natural Herbs


Herbs are generally have a great therapeutic and curative value to man. But however, some people are not aware of their healing powers. There are a lot of herbs that are very useful and can treat various ailments. I have had experience with one or two and I wish to share this to you the benefits and common uses I’ve gained from these herbs that we have been using over the years.

Mayana and Herba are both fleshy annual herb that grows about 1 meter high. They are just ordinary plants that sometimes went unnoticed but they are the best when it comes to medicinal uses.

Mayana, or what is commonly called in our place as "Lampunaya" has healing wonders. This plant can be grown easily and can be found almost in everyone’s backyard.

People in the neighbourhood sometimes called this “Herba” because its medicinal uses are just the same as the green Herba leaves. These two plants are always grown side by side. If you can see a Mayana, then there must be Herba in its side.

The only difference is their colour and the shape of the leaves. Mayana come in different colors (sometimes dotched or colored but mostly purple) and has variegated leaves and Herba is green.

They both work wonder and have the same uses. It is our own substitute for first aid especially for kids afraid of merthiolate and alcohol.

Mayana and Herba plant target wounds and cough. These plants have been known to cure bruises and soothe headaches.

Everyone loves these plants especially our grandmothers because they already proven and tested their healing wonders.

Below are some medicinal uses for Mayana and Herba:

  • Swelling, Bruises and Sprains: Pound or crush a generous amount of clean leaves and apply over the affected area (commonly on wrists and ankles) for 30 minutes, three times daily. Use a bandage to hold the poultice in place.
  • Mild bleeding of wounds: Wash the young leaves and crush it. Extract the juice and drop a few drops of this juice directly on wounds. You can then apply the crushed leaves as poultice.
  • Cough: The extracted juice from the crushed leaves is the best natural medicine for cough. You can drink the juice using tbsp at a time. The taste is bitter and you may want to have water on hand.
  • Headache: Pound the leaves and apply it over temples and nape.
  • Sinusitis: Heat the fresh leaves over a fire and apply it while still hot over the forehead for the frontal sinuses or over the cheeks for the maxillary sinuses, twice daily.
  • Back Pains: You can choose either to mildly heat the leaves over fire or just the way they are, fresh and clean. Pound or crush the leaves and massage it over your back. It will help ease your tired back and muscles.

Every plant we see has its own purpose. We just never know.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Life Under Construction


Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on February 12, 2015:

Thank you Caramen. We have lots of lampunaya plant on our backyard.

caramen on November 20, 2014:

Was just taking pics of my lampunaya plants and googled its use...and i found your page! Very interesting & informative!

remie d. on July 27, 2013:

hi! i have experienced the wonder of lampunaya/mayana for coughs. my grandma used it every time i had a cough...and now i am using it to my kid. he didn't get better even after a bottle of cough medicine, so i tried the extract of mayana... the effect is really amazing!

nice work. God bless.

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on December 09, 2012:

Thanks for reading Patrick. let us know the effect of this natural remedy on you.

Patrick Collier on December 08, 2012:

I have back pain quite often and Im willing to try this natural remedy.very interesting article :)

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on October 02, 2012:

hi Prezy! that was very kind of you, thank you sooooo much!

precy anza from USA on October 01, 2012:

Plants and herbs really does have their own purpose! Now I know its called mayana, had seen it many times before and always notices its leaves. My mom and grandma used to have this herb before and I really like the way it smells, called "damong maria." Voted up and FB shared!

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on July 11, 2012:

Hi Pennyofheaven. Yeah, it's coleus. you can use it for external applications and its very good... crushed it and you can apply it after massage. thanks for dropping by!

pennyofheaven from New Zealand on July 11, 2012:

Hi unknown spy. I wonder if we have mayana here in the NZ? I do hope so. It looks like a coleus that I had as and indoor plant. I prefer natural herbs for healing and always look in the backyard. However, for coughs we use orange juice and olive oil and honey to taste. It is great for babies too. I am glad I dropped in to check out your hubs. Awesome hub Thanks!

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on June 30, 2012:

Hi Jan! Thanks a lot for stopping by. I myself would go for natural cures too for minor pains instead of taking drugs. :)

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on June 30, 2012:

Hello CCahill. Thank you for stopping by.

Yes, especially people in the cities would likely to see herbs as witchcaraft. People on small towns and provinces really do care for these herbs as a substitute for drugs. Thank you for the votes and shared! :)

Janhorner on June 29, 2012:

Hi, I love hubs like these because they are very interesting. I think many people these days look for more natural cures for minor ailments rather than drugs.

In years gone by plants were medicine and it appears this is going round in a circle again.

Nicely written.

CCahill from England on June 29, 2012:

I think people still see Herbs as Witchcraft and hoodoo to some extent, having grown up with a Qualified Herblist for a mother, with her own clinic, i can say that they have great properties, which are undervalued, as your hub eloquently shows.

Voted up and Shared via Hubpages

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on June 28, 2012:

Hi Rajan. you are correct.. Mayana is Coleus and Cilantro is the Herba. There are so many varieties of these plants but these two are used mostly by people.. thanks for the info too!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 28, 2012:

Unknown spy I think the mayana plant is called coleus in English from what I can make out from the photo. The other one resembles cilantro. BTW do you know the English names of these plants?

Great useful information here. I am a follower of herbal and natural remedies.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on June 16, 2012:

Wow thank you for the ups and votes, it's a native plant here in my place. They truly work wonders. Thank you again Wwolfs!

wwolfs on June 15, 2012:

Nice hub and very interesting. I have never heard of these two herbs but they sound great. Many health benefits and worth looking into. Thanks for sharing this information.

Voted up, useful and interesting!

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on June 02, 2012:

Thank you so much Peggy. AS time goes by, people will discover each uses of these plants to cure illnesses. Thank you for the kind words Peggy :) xoxo,M.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2012:

Like suziecat7, I am unfamiliar with these herbs but found this hub to be very interesting. I liked your last words..."Every plant we see has its own purpose. We just never know." This is so true! Hopefully the plants growing on Mother Earth will provide more remedies for us as time goes on and we discover their uses in addition to their beauty. Voted up and interesting.

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 23, 2012:

Thank you Suziecat! Maybe one time, you'll meet these herbs!

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on May 23, 2012:

I also never heard of these herbs and enjoyed learning about them. Great Hub - voted up and I'm a fan.

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 21, 2012:

Thanks so Much Faith!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 21, 2012:

Very insightful hub. Thanks for the remedies. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

Hello! Nice to meet you here. I cannot say that these two herbs can be used as tinctures. I haven't experienced it yet. Just to be on a safe side, we only used these herbs for external applications like on swelling and sprains, bruises and mild bleeding wounds, insect bites, used as oil for massage.. Very effective.

Melody Collins from United States on May 14, 2012:

This is very interesting. I have a friend who makes tinctures for my children and me. Is this something that could be made in to a tincture?

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

Thanks Lot! Very effective, right. I'm so glad you found this hub very informative!

Lot Rillera from Philippines on May 14, 2012:

hi unknown spy, we have also this plant in our backyard, my mom use this plant if we got wounds or even insect bites, you're such a nice writer and your hubs are very informative. voted up and interesting !

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

hI VeLLur! Yeah, they are great remedies.. those 2 herbs,are proven and tested thru time. Very good for headache and back pains massage! Thanks for stopping by!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 14, 2012:

Herbs are great natural remedies. Interesting and informative.Thanks for sharing.

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

Thanks Janus.. It's very handy for minor wounds and ailments.

janusramez from jogjakarta on May 14, 2012:

I found out about this, I'll bookmark it for further recipe

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

Hi Claire, of course..its best to get advice from a herbalist..especially if it's for internal uses. Anyway, it's only external application, especially the massage? wow, it's great.

You can feel your back is much better than before. very cool. Thank you for the votes!!!

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

That's very right snowdrops!

Life Under Construction (author) from Neverland on May 14, 2012:

Thanks James :) Really appreciate your comments!! As always..

Claire on May 14, 2012:

Loads of helpful and interesting information, and very well written. I assume its best to get advice from a herbalist before embarking on a course though?

Voted up and away!!

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on May 14, 2012:

Mayana or Lampunaya and Herba is very popular in the Philippines. They just grow everywhere. They are planted on backyards on every home. Great remedy for bruises and wounds and cough. Works every time!

Olde Cashmere on May 14, 2012:

I loved this hub and found it highly useful. I haven't heard of Mayana and Herba before and I thank you for bringing them to my attention. Excellent work unknown spy! Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting :)

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