Bitter Wood (Quassia Amara)


Quassia bark is also known as Bitterwood, Amargo, Jamaica Quassia, Bitter Ash, and Quassia Lignum. It is native to the island of Jamaica. The herb owes its name to a therapist and botanist who emphasized the medicinal nature of the plant. “Amara” translates as bitter in Spanish, due to its bitter taste from the compound quassimarin.

In the past, it has been used as a treatment for malaria and fever. In many cases, it was also helpful for people suffering from anorexia nervosa. The tree has also volatile oils, tars, minerals, salts, and nitrates that make it an effective insecticide.

The bark may assist in purifying the blood, managing cholesterol and diabetes, and treating fevers, colds, coughs, and the flu. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, the bark is used for the treatment of rheumatism, joint pain, swelling, redness, and immobility as well as treatment for intestinal worms. 
It is suggested that it might help restore appetite, stimulate digestion, and treat various conditions such as diarrhea, urinary tract disease, and ulcers.

Water left overnight in a cup with chips made from this tree creates a bitter tonic that is said to remedy alcohol intoxication.

Externally, lotions and shampoos made from Quassia Wood are used to treat dandruff, lice, and many other skin and hair conditions.

Moreover, it is used in the food industry to flavor foods and beverages and sometimes even as an alternative ingredient for hops in beers.

Recommended Dosage
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.

◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner. 

Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions

  1. Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
  3. Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
  4. Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.

    Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!

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