The use of Quassia as an herb has been known to generations of Central and South Americans particularly for being a potent tonic. Quassia is an herb that is known to possess analgesic, anti-tumorous, antiviral, gastro protective, muscle relaxant, sedative, anti-bacterial, antispasmodic, carminative and hypoglycemic properties.
The quassia is a deciduous tree that typically reaches a height of up to 100 feet. It has a gray bark and bears multiple leaves from its branches. Quassia flowers are colored yellow while its pea-shaped fruits are colored black.
The quassia tree is indigenous to Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Jamaica and many other islands in the West Indies. The quassia tree is cultivated in commercial quantities for its vaunted therapeutic benefits and the bark of the tree may be harvested all year round.
The beneficial constituents of quassia are found in the bark. Among these are quassinoids (quassimarin, quassol, quassin, neoquassin, isoquassin, 18- hydroxyquassin, quasinol), alkaloids, beta-sitostenone, beta-sitosterol, calcium tartrate, gallic acid, mallic acid, potassium acetate, simalikalactone D., simalikalactone E (SkE), indole alkaloids, coumarin, and amarid 18-oxyquaxin.
Quassia tea can be taken either hot or cold. Hot quassia tea can be made by infusing two heaping teaspoons of ground quassia bark in a mug of hot water. Let the mix stand for about an hour and drink. On the other hand, cold quassia tea can be made by soaking a handful of the tree’s bark in a mug of cool water for about eight hours. This can be taken three times a day.
Below are some of the health benefits attributed to this herbal tea:
- Appears to help treat fevers and malaria.
- May aid in the digestive process.
- May assist in cleansing the blood.
- May help in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.
- May help in the treatment of liver and gallbladder problems.
- May help in eliminating bacteria and toxins.
- May help in relaxing and sedating the nerves.
- May be effective in expelling parasites and lice.
- May help in the treatment of tumors.
- May help in the treatment of gastric ulcers.