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The Natural Healing Wonders of Herbs

Updated on October 4, 2012
Herba Plant
Herba Plant

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.


Mayana
Mayana

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.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      caramen 

      3 years ago

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

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      remie d. 

      5 years ago

      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.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      Patrick Collier 

      5 years ago

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      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!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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!

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      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      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!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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! :)

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      Janhorner 

      6 years ago

      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.

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      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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!

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      wwolfs 

      6 years ago

      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!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      suziecat7 

      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks so Much Faith!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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.

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      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?

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      Lot Rillera 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      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 !

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      janusramez 

      6 years ago from jogjakarta

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

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      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!!!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      That's very right snowdrops!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      Claire 

      6 years ago

      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!!

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      snowdrops 

      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      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!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      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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