Three months ago, I wrote about my experience with Lagundi capsules — as a cough remedy and as an anti-histamine. I had a bad case of hives and accidentally discovered that after taking lagundi capsules to get rid of my cough, the hives had also disappeared.
The amazing discovery led Speedy to buy a couple of lagundi plants which he tends. In time, we hope that we can just pick lagundi leaves from the garden to make a brew. Lagundi capsules may be more natural than medicines with chemicals in them but freshly picked lagundi leaves are even more natural than lagundi capsules. But until the lagundi plants are much bigger and sturdier, we dare not start picking the leaves.
Meanwhile, on a trip to the supermarket, Speedy found dried lagundi leaves in teabags. I forgot the brand but the lagundi leaves were combined with eucalyptus leaves. I used them as I would any other tea in teabags and discovered that they were just as effective as the capsules.
Then, on the weekend that we went to Taal and had lunch at Gourmet’s Cafe in Silang, Cavite, I bought a box of Gourmet’s lagundi “tea” — pure lagundi, no eucalyptus.
Because the allergy had subsided, I hadn’t been taking any lagundi for months. No capsules, no brew. Then, during a visit to the dentist, I was given anesthesia for a dental procedure then I had to take pain killers. And the hives started to appear again. At first, I thought it was the anesthesia. But, no. The culprit? Flanax Forte. So, I started taking Lagundi capsules again which made the weals subside. But, one day, Speedy couldn’t find the darn capsules in the local Mercury branch. And I remembered the box of lagundi “tea” that I bought at Gourmet’s. Guess what?
It’s even more potent than the one with eucalyptus. A cup a day and the allergy has stayed away. Of course, I ditched Flanax too.