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Lignum Vitae Tree



Lignum Vitae is a Latin name meaning "wood of life" and is a very hard and dense wood that grows in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and parts of South America. It is the heaviest and hardest wood in the world and has been used for centuries to make tools, furniture, and even shipbuilding. It is also a popular ornamental tree and is the national tree of Jamaica. The wood is known to be extremely durable and rot resistant.


Medicinal Uses


  • 1. It is useful for skin disorders, respiratory complaints and syphilis.

  • 2. The resin from the tree is also good to treat dry mouth, thirst and to excite warmth in the stomach.

  • 3. It stimulates body heat and promotes circulation.

  • 4. It can also be used to treat rheumatism, toothaches, tonsillitis and gout.

  • 5. Brewing the leaves of the tree to make a tea can also be used to combat high blood pressure, rids the body of mucus and cleans the bowels.

  • 6. It also stimulates circulation and purification of blood.

  • 7. The flowers are used to cure bronchitis, asthma, colds, coughs, flu and congestion.

  • 8. A tea made from the wood of the lignum vitae is also used as a treatment for gastric ulcers and gastritis.

  • 9. You can also mix the crushed leaves of the lignum vitae with coconut oil to cure blisters and skin sores.



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