MARY GOULES LEAVES

MARY GOULES LEAVES

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Mary Goules (Sphagneticola trilobata (L.) Pruski) is also called Wild Marigold, Running Marigold, Marigold, Creeping Wedelia, Creeping Ox-eye, Creeping Daisy, Water Weed, Gold Cup, Rabbit’s Paw, and Yellow Dots.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES:
The plant Wedelia trilobata (its leaf, stem, and flower), has emerged as a good source of medicine with anti-inflammatory anti-microbial, analgesic, anti-oxidant, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic properties. A large number of phytoconstituents have been isolated and identified from different parts of Wedelia trilobata which include flavanoids, triterpenoids luteolin, arachidonic acid, sterols and other constituents of the essential oil reported are α-pinene, α-phellandrene, and limonene.

Pharmacological reports also revealed that this plant has wound healing, larvicidal, trypanocidal, uterine contraction, anti-tumor, and hepatoprotective properties.

MEDICINAL USES:
The parts of the plant that can be used for treatment include the leaves, the stems, and even the roots.

The aerial parts of the Mary Goules plant are used in traditional medicine in the Caribbean and Central America against bronchitis and abdominal pains, and even as a fertility enhancer. In folk medicine, it is used to stimulate childbirth and in the treatment of bites and stings, stubborn wounds, sores and swellings, and painful joints.
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It is gathered to make tea for fevers and inflammation and used to treat chest cold, dry cough, and the flu.
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The herb is useful in the treatment of diabetes, menstrual pain, and reproductive problems in women – amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.
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In Jamaica, the tea is considered to be effective for digestion problems, stomach gas, diarrhea, and purifying the blood. It is also used as a wash for skin ulcers, sores, scabies, and athlete’s foot. Mary Goules is said to boost the immune system and is known to speed up the healing of wounds. It is also used in the treatment of internal and external tumours, cold sores, hepatitis, and even cancer.
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In Suriname, the stems, leaves, and flowers are boiled in water for hepatitis, indigestion due to a sluggish liver, white stools, burning in the urine, the stopping of urine, and for infections. Boiled fresh stems and leaves are also used as a bath for those suffering from backaches, muscle cramps, rheumatism, and swellings.
OTHER USES:
The herb can also be consumed, and in some places, the leaves, roots or stems are cooked and the water used for medicinal purposes.

PLEASE NOTE that pregnant mothers should not consume this plant because it can result in complications and abortions.