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Lagundi is known to be a cure for cough. Its leaves are boiled and taken as tea and lagundi syrup and tablets are sold as over-the-counter medicines. But lagundi’s medicinal value is not limited only to softening phlegm.
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Lagundi (Vitex negundo) is called the five-leaf chaste tree because of its usually five-foliate leaves. This shrub can grow up to five meters high. It blooms year-round, displaying numerous blue to lavender flowers. While it is widely distributed in the Philippines, it is also found in tropical East Africa, Madagascar, India, Japan, and southward through Malaysia and Polynesia.
Lagundi is now used as a supplement treatment against COVID-19 because of its multi-targeted characteristics. It can help relieve patients with respiratory tract symptoms. An ongoing study also found out that patients given with lagundi regained their sense of smell faster. The researchers are verifying if lagundi has reduced the viral load in the participants' blood.
Another study suggested that mild COVID-19 patients may take specific dosages of the lagundi tablet or syrup three times a day for ten days to improve their symptoms.
Lagundi is not only a cure for respiratory ailments and fever but also provides other health benefits.
Lagundi leaves can be made into a paste by pounding and heating to warm. This can be applied on the forehead and temples to relieve headaches and joints to reduce swelling.
To prepare lagundi decoction or tea, mix one cup of freshly cut leaves and flowers with two cups of water. Boil for 10 minutes.
City-dwellers can also enjoy the relaxing and healthy benefits of lagundi tea. Honest Herbs Tea is available at ECHOstore’s physical stores and through echostore.ph.