Herb meanings and uses A-Z: Ignatius Bean (St. Ignatius Bean, Strychnis Ignatii) Controversial Homeopathic/Herbal Cure

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Ignatius Bean, a powerful homeopathic and herbal remedy only to be taken in small amounts, directly effects the nervous system. Taken as a supplement or brewed into tea, it can reduce muscle spasms, headache, migraines, cholera, vomiting, colds, asthma, PMS, and PTSD. Believed to improve digestive function, Ignatius allegedly aids severe stomach complaints.

*Saint Ignatius’ Bean contains Strychnine, which is a highly toxic chemical; for this reason Ignatius must only be consumed in diluted concentrations*

Despite being poisonous, in very low doses, it exhibits health care potential by relaxing the muscles. It traditionally treats Insomnia, Anxiety, Panic disorders, and mood imbalances. It is still used in China to quell PMS and Menopause.

Ignatius Bean was discovered in the Philippines, traveled to Europe in 1699 by way of a missionary, and is now readily available worldwide. Its name comes from Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Currently, it grows in China, India, and Borneo, but remains most abundant in the Philippines. Ignatius favors wet, fertile climates.

For an Anxiety-reducing remedy, try:

  1. Ignatius (*EXTREMELY diluted!)
  2. Rooibos leaves
  3. Lemon juice (if available, for flavor)

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