These are the reasons why you should plant more jewel weed or kamantigue in your yard
Kamantigue, or also known as garden balsam from the “touch-me-not” or Balsaminaceae family, is a native plant originating from South Asia and Southeast Asia, and is considered as an medicinal herb in the Philippines.
This plant has the scientific name of impatiens balsanina wherein the Latin word “impatiens” means impatient. Kamantigue was given such name because of its “impatience” to release its seeds when somebody touched its ripe seed capsule.
Kamantigue is a beautiful flower with flowers that have a wide variety of colors including pink, red, lavender, and white. The most common among these are the red one, which can be usually found in Southeast Asia.
The plant have also made its way in the gardens of Europe wherein it is called “impatiens noli-tangere” or Western touch-me-not, with its flowers being yellow in color.
But kamantigue or garden balsam isn’t just a pretty face, it actually has a lot more to offer. This plant is edible and have been proven to have a lot of benefits to human health.
Its leaves and seeds can be eaten, it leaves and young shoots can be cooked and its seeds can be eaten either raw or cooked.
The plant even has wide variety of uses and purposes, depending on what place it is being used.
In Asia, kamantigue is used for treating different kinds of sickness and ailments. To name a few, this plant can be used as a treatment for inflammation, lumbago, dysmenorrhea, wart, snake bites, itches, and even joint pains.
In specific countries like the Philippines, its crushed leaves can be used as poultice in order to dissolve whitlow.
Our Filipino ancestors are also well aware that this plant has antimicrobial properties against human pathogens like Candida albicans.
There are varying uses of kamantigue in other parts of Asia. For example in Malaya, the natives there use the plant’s leaves as bandage for broken and torn nails.
Another purpose of this plant is being utilized in some parts of Mainland China. Here, the grinded seeds are prescribed for hard labor.
In some other parts of the world, the flowers of garden balsam are being utilized to treat snake bites, lumbago, and even intercostal neuralgia.
On the other hand, there are also people who uses garden balsam for bruise, painful inflammation, joint pains, carbuncles, dysmenorrhea, lumbago, and snake bites.
To do that, you will need to use the plant’s dried flowers, 3 to 6 grams or seed preparation, 3 to 7 grams or the entire plant, 9 to 15 grams, boil to decoction and then consume it.
For external use on any bruise or painful part, simply pound the fresh plant and use it as a bandage on the affected areas of the body.
Moreover, the seeds of kamantigue are also said to be an effective medicine for cancer treatments. Currently, researches are being conducted to justify this claim.
Aside from that, its leaves can be utilized as a treatment for warts, and its roots and leaves can be used for numerous foreign bodies, coins or other metals unintentionally swallowed or even thorns or fish splinters.
In the United States, the most common use of jewel weed is to treat poison ivy rashes.
If you still need more reasons to plant jewel weed or garden balsam in your backyard, then we still have a lot more. Do you know that kamantigue was also recognized to be an effective cure some mild digestive disorders?
Not only that, this plant is also good for the skin as it treats rashes, even those that was brought by poison ivy.
Jewel weed’s anti-inflammatory properties made the plant a Native American’s favorite as a folk-medicine.
Garden balsam’s anti-inflammatory and fungicidal contents are responsible for making the plant an effective cure for different skin conditions.
Kamantigue shares a characteristic with the henna plant, and that is the presence of lawsone in both the leaves and roots of the plants. This enables the skin-friendly quality of the plant.
Aside from that, the plant’s weed also has antipruritic compounds which is essential in easing itching sensations brought by stinging nettles.
Are you now eager to have this plant in your backyard? Don’t worry because we will give you tips on how to grow your own jewelweed. First, know that its seeds germinates best when it was placed in the chiller for about two months before planting.
The place where you will plant the kamantigue must be an organic soil which stays wet almost every time, if not completely wet. Also, pick a location that is in partial shade only.
You don’t have to bury the seeds so deep, they need light so just place the seeds on the soil.
This plant will not only give you a pleasant backyard view with its colors, but also an emergency treatment for different ailments.