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(Baeckea frutescens)
[gang song]

CONTAINS: Baeckeol, fenchol, borneol, cineole, cymeme, dipentene, fenchyl alcohol, limonene, 1-linalool, alpha pinene, and terpineol.

A small evergreen tree of the Myrtaceae family which is of Australasian origin and usually found growing by the sea or on mountain tops. The leaves are needle-like and aromatic.

PART USED: Leaves (chiefly) and flowers.


Indonesians consider the decoction to be diuretic, ecbolic (or at least emmenagogue); refrigerant and tonic.
Tea of the leaves has been used for sunstroke; used dried for fever.
Has been used for dysmenorrhea, parturition (childbirth), and as a tonic.
Leaves and flowers have been used in Indochina for catarrh, headache and rheumatism.
Packets of leaves are burned under the bed of colic sufferers by Indonesians.

Dried leaves are placed among clothing to keep insects away.
Leaves are used as an insecticide in Indonesia.

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