Jamaican Dogwood (Piscidia Piscipula / Piscidia Erythrina)


Piscidia erythrina or as it is popularly known, Jamaican dogwood or Florida fish poison tree, is a native of West Indies, Texas, Mexico, Central, and South America. This is an herb that has been known for its sedative, nervine, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.

Piscidia erythrina is used in treatment for neuralgia, migraine headache, and insomnia caused by stress, nervous tension, and anxiety. It relieves muscle spasms, cough, inflammation, and pain.  The herb is recommended for the treatment of dysmenorrhea, rheumatism, and arthritis.

It is important to note that the Jamaican dogwood is resistant to anesthesia; hence, if you have used it before any major surgery it is best to inform the doctor and postpone it by a few weeks.  It recommended that the use of Piscidia erythrina be made only under the supervision of a certified professional.

While it is not toxic to human beings, taken in large dosages is known to cause a feeling of sedation. The herb is used to stun fish so they are easy to catch; hence, the name.

It is contraindicated for pregnant women, children, and senior people.

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 a long 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, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.

◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor 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 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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