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Panama Medicinal Plants. Many of the modern medications come from plants that normally grow in the wild. Panama with its rich biodiversity has an immense variety of flora and among them are medicinal ones, which are widely used by locals, especially in the remote areas of the country. Here is a small list of the most popular medicinal plants:
Mastranto: This plant, which looks like mint, is excellent for the stomach, especially if the person is suffering from diarrhea. It is very effective and simple to use. Just pick a handful of its leaves and boil them for about five minutes. Let the tea cool down and it is ready. Mastranto grows well in pots or in a shady part of the garden. It is readily available in El Valle and Campana, where seedlings are for sale and also in certain shops such as Do it Center and nurseries around Coronado and Capira.
Basil: Delicious if you are preparing Italian food, but it is also an excellent remedy if you are of a nervous disposition. The round, often pointed leaves of the basil plant look a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Its highly fragrant leaves are used as a seasoning herb for a variety of foods and it has become very popular as the main ingredient in pesto along with pine nuts and parmesan cheese. You can use the leaves in salads or add them to your sauces.
Balsamic Apple: a wild plant that grows on fences, especially in the interior. It has many therapeutic properties to treat diabetes, allergies and infections. The typical dose is one small green fruit or 50-100 ml of the fresh juice. The only problem is that the balsamic apple is extremely bitter.