Aztec Sweet Herbs Are Very Effective For Your Health
Lippia Dulcamara (Sweet Herb)
The Lippia dulcamara or sweet herbe is a species of flowering plant native to Mexico and Central America. They are known for their sweet taste and have been used medicinally since ancient times. There are many varieties of these plants, but they all contain the same active ingredient, theobromine.
Theobromine is a naturally occurring chemical found in the leaves and flowers of the sweet herbs. It acts as a stimulant when consumed orally, which is why it’s commonly used in teas and medicines. When ingested through chewing, however, theobromine causes heart palpitations and other symptoms similar to those caused by caffeine. These effects can cause anxiety and panic attacks in some individuals.
There are several reports of people developing cardiac problems after consuming theobromine-containing foods such as chocolate, coffee, and tea. Although there isn’t enough evidence to say that these health risks are due to ingesting theobromine from lippia dulcamara, it’s still best not to consume them if you’re pregnant or nursing.
How Do You Grow Them?
These plants are fairly easy to grow, but the easiest way is to grow them from seeds. But if you don’t have any seeds, do not worry because the plants can also propagate through root cuttings. Here’s how to do it:
Soak the seeds for 12-24 hours before planting them. This will help speed up their growth and keep them from drying out over the next month or two. Plant the seeds in a well-draining soil. They need a lot of sun, so it’s best to put them on a windowsill.
Make sure the temperature stays between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the soil consistently moist, not wet. You can also use a spray bottle to keep the soil from drying out.
Use these plants to make a delicious tea, but just be careful when you’re harvesting the ingredients. It’s best to let them grow for at least a month before harvesting. Don’t use any plants that have discoloration, wilting, or other signs of sickness.
Sweet Herbs And You
Lippia dulcamara tastes a lot like tea, so it only makes sense that you can use it to make tea as well. You can also mix them with other plants to create a stronger flavor. Some people prefer mixing the sweet herb plant with oat straw and calamus root.
Sources & references used in this article:
Medicine in Mexico: From Aztec herbs to betatrons by G Schendel – 1968 – books.google.com
The intensely sweet herb, Lippia dulcis Trev.: historical uses, field inquiries, and constituents by CM Compadre, EF Robbins, AD Kinghorn – Journal of ethnopharmacology, 1986 – Elsevier
Huaxtepec: The sacred garden of an Aztec emperor by P Granziera – Landscape Research, 2005 – Taylor & Francis
Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden by C Richter – 1996 – JSTOR
Medicinal plants: historical and cross-cultural usage patterns by M Balick – 2014 – Rodale Books
Florida’s Best Herbs and Spices: Native and Exotic Plants Grown for Scent and Flavor by MP Garden – imhm.org