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The Digestive System

Patchouli - (Pogostemon heyneanus)

Digestion involves the breaking down of food and the assimilation of nutrients. Digestion starts in the mouth where the food should be chewed at least 42 times to ensure that it is ground into fine particles and thoroughly mixed with the saliva which con-

Patchouli is a bushy herb of the mint family, with erect stem reaching two or three feet in height and bearing small, pale pink-white flowers. The heavy and strong scent of patchouli has been used for centuries in perfumes and alternative medicines.

tains digestive enzymes. An enzyme is a protein which catalyzes the break down of complex nutrients into a simpler form which can be adsorbed by the body. Salivary amylase found in the mouth breaks down complex carbohydrates such as starch into glucose which can be easily assimilated by the

Patchouli is used throughout the Caribbean as a cure for all. The plant has abortive properties and is utilized in the treatment of menstrual pains. Its is very effective against flatulence and for gripe in young children. This herb is a strong nervous tonic and assists in digestion. The fresh leaves can be used as a disinfectant for both the physical structure and the household. Instead of using dangerous insecticides a decoction of this herb or the essential oil can be used efficaciously.

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