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Local herbal remedies should only be used under the guidance
of a knowledgeable herbal medicine practioner!

St. Johns bush, Justicia secunda, has two major uses—to treat red-eye and to start menstruation (an abortifacient). In both cases it is boiled and strained.  When menstruation is scanty a decoction can be of three leaves each of St. John’s bush, planten (Plantago major), mint (Mentha nemorosa) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), sweetened and ½ cup drunk morning and night.  For red-eye, planten and dité peyi (Capraria biflora) is drawn with the St. John’s bush.  Some golden seal powder may be added.  For diabetics steep three leaves in a cup of hot water and drink twice daily.

Verna Slane 1987