Sambong – also known as Lakad-Bulan, Dalapot,, Blumea camphor, and Blumea balsamifera, grows all over the tropics in Asia and is well known for its powerful healing properties. Sambong is also used in Thailand, Africa, China, Korea and India.
This plant can be found as powders, dried leaves, teas, capsules, tablets and in many other forms. It has a nice menthol taste that is very soothing to the stomach.
In the Philippines, sambong has been effectively used for treating different kinds of health-related conditions. In fact, it has been registered as a true medicine with the food and drug department making it available in tablet form at pharmacies.
Sambong is a powerful diuretic that helps clean the urinary tract and detoxify the body. It also gets rid of excess water retention.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Like most blood pressure medications, the sambong plant can also lower blood pressure because it acts as a diuretic.
Because sambong is a good antibacterial and diuretic agent, it is popularly known for its ability to treat urinary tract infections as well as kidney and bladder stones. Sambong can also slow down the progression of renal disease, according to The Philippine National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Sambong tea works well as a gargle, thus soothing sore throats.
The powerful antioxidants present in sambong help prevent cancer, strokes, and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, it also prevents and repairs DNA damage caused by free radicals.
Gastrointestinal Tract Infections
Sambong contains volatile oils that sooth away irritations, cramping, and diarrhea.
Colds And Flu
The methanolic compounds of sambong can help with the symptoms of colds, flu, and coughs.
As it has antimicrobial properties, using sambong tea and powder on skin wounds will promote faster healing.
The plant’s methanolic compounds have the ability to slow down the progression of liver cancer without toxicity.
Antibacterial And Anti-fungal
Sambong contains icthyothereol acetate and cyptomeridiol which have the ability to kill fungi and bacteria such as E. coli, B subtilis, C albicans and A niger, S aureus, and P aeruginosa.
When taken orally or added to your bath, sambong tea can lower fevers.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Drinking sambong tea soothes away menstrual cramps, stimulates blood flow to the pelvic region, and helps with bloating.
Oral Pain Relief
Gargling some sambong tea will help ease the pain associated with dental procedures.
How To Make Sambong Tea
Take a heaping teaspoon of dried sambong leaves. Steep it in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool and drink.
You can have 3 to 4 cups of sambong tea every day and you can use it for a long period of time without problems. This wonderful herb will do your body good.