With the scientific name Ageratum conyzoides L , Mentrasto is still popularly known as St. John’s wort, goat catinga and shrimp opela. It is a plant with excellent medicinal properties, being very popular in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil.
Properties and benefits
The main properties of Mentrasto are: anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, healing, aromatic, analgesic, diuretic, febrifuge, vasodilator, tonic and carminative.
In particular, for people who suffer from joint pain, Menthrastus becomes a great ally, its anti-inflammatory property acts directly on the problem’s focus, while its analgesic property reduces pain until the person is completely free of them. .
Also, Mentrasto is very suitable for the treatment of urinary infections, as its diuretic properties stimulate the elimination of liquids, toxins and bacteria in the urine, promoting a kind of “cleaning” in the urinary tract.
Other ailments for which Mentrasto is indicated are bronchitis, menstrual cramps, arthritis, arthrosis, amenorrhea, diarrhea, contusion, muscle pain, dysentery, flu and cold, fever and hemorrhages.
Side effects and contraindications
So far, no reports of side effects or unwanted reactions due to the use of Mentrasto have been found. However, its consumption is contraindicated for people who suffer from liver problems or are diabetic. Overuse and uncontrolled use of the plant can raise blood pressure. It is important to make it clear that any medicinal treatment – whether natural or pharmaceutical – must be considered seriously, following all possible reactions and signs that the body gives, and whenever possible seek medical advice and follow-up.
How to use?
In pharmacies and health food stores there is the possibility of finding Mentrasto in two forms: in capsules containing its powder or in dry leaves for the preparation of teas. In the case of capsules, you can take between two and three a day, preferably before main meals. In the case of tea, just heat a liter of water with 100 g of dry leaves. Bring to a boil and smother. So wait for it to warm and consume when the temperature is pleasant, equally between two and three times a day.
If the illness that affected you is external (such as bruises, rheumatism and arthrosis) you can prepare the tea in the same way as explained above, but soak in it a clean towel that will serve as a compression on the affected area. Repeat the procedure three times a day until symptoms subside.