Quassia is a small tree growing from 2 – 25 meters tall and is native to Jamaica and Central America. Throughout history, the leaves and bark has been used as a strong tonic to treat measles, diarrhea, and fever. This herb has also been found to treat ulcers, diabetes, intestinal parasites, and dermatitis. Quassia can make for a good insect repellant, as well.
Quassia is FDA approved and while there are no known adverse side effects; it can cause stomach irritation and vomiting when taken orally and cause irregular heart activity and even paralysis when administered parenterally. This herb has been proven to promote infertility in men and women, lowering sperm count and lactation hormones, and is not recommended during pregnancy. It has been proven to have chemotherapeutic effects in animals fighting leukemia and tumors.
Quassia with sulphuric acid can quench an alcoholic’s thirst. It can be made into a liquid remedy for consumption, a tincture, or a powder for its variety of uses. The bark can be infused into lotions to treat venereal ulcers, rheumatism, and pediculosis. Quassia can be steeped in water tot treat anorexia, stomach issues, cirrhosis of the liver, a mouthwash after tooth extractions, a blood purifier, and many more