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Benefits of Guaiacwood

Updated on June 18, 2011

The scientific name of guaiac is Guaiacum officinale and is also called guayacan. Guaiacwood is a small tree but its wood is considered as one of the hardest and most resilient wood in the world and is a trade wood. Historically, the guaiacwood has many medicinal benefits and uses. Guaiac belongs to family of zygophyllaceae trees which slowly grow up to 12 meters in height. Guaiac wood has large branched stems, rounded crown, entirely elliptical paired leaves, flowers contain bluish-white petals, and a capsular fruit which is fleshy with several divisions, each of which contains a seed.

History and symbolism of guaiacwood tree: Guaiac tree is also called as Palo Santo or Tree of Life. For 100s of years, this useful tree has been utilized by Native Americans due to its benefits in treatment of infections such as herpes and syphilis. Guaiac was first introduced by Spain in 1508 as an ultimate cure for syphilis but nowadays Guaiac is most commonly used in homeopathic medicine due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and slightly analgesic properties. The lignum vitae or Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Guaiacum officinale is a native of tropical America, i.e., Jamaica and Santo Domingo and is found in bushes grown on stony ground in low-lying plains.

Guaiacum officinale
Guaiacum officinale
Guaiacum officinale wood
Guaiacum officinale wood
HubMob Weekly Topic : Natural & Alternative Health Hub #10 by soni2006
HubMob Weekly Topic : Natural & Alternative Health Hub #10 by soni2006

Extraction of Guaiacwood

Wood, bark, resin, and guaiacol (guaiacwood essential oil) are used worldwide due to their medicinal properties.

Some Guaiacwood Benefits

  • Guaiacwood Oil stimulates sweating and is used in treatment of chronic rheumatism. Guaiacwood resin stimulates our digestive system and its high doses are purgative.
  • It is also used for treatment of sore throat and laryngitis.
  • Guaiacwood essential oil which is commonly known as guaiacol is used for treatment of respiratory ailments.
  • Externally, guaiacwood essential oil is used for soothing toothaches and rheumatoid arthritis. Also it is beneficial for treatment of fungal skin diseases.
  • Guaiac resin is a natural antioxidant with a high level of phenolic compounds.
  • The ingredients of guaiac resins contain effective anti-inflammatory properties.

Use of Guaiac Herb

  1. Antioxidant properties help fight free radicals.
  2. Guaiac herb is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic.


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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Dale and Veronica for reviewing this hub. I am eager to know about my writing skills and hub ideas and you guys are perfect in that. Reviewing other's hubs and posting feedback is a unique skill which I have yet to develop. I am eagerly looking forward towards doing this endeavour in the future and I will come to your hubs and review them. I think this is also a nice way to reward a hubber. I think it is time to do this now and keep at least one day a week for doing that.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      This is my first introduction th Guaiacwood. I always learn something new from your hubs Soni. Great job.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Today is my day to go and review hubs. I love these days because I end up learning so much.

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