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Traditional medicine in Quito

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Traditional  medicine in Ecuador changed the lives of many people.

Do you want to learn about the traditional Medicine of Ecuador and his benefits for your body? Our luxury hotel in Quito will help you out to find the right place to get cured.

Traditional medicine in Quito

Quito has, as an ancient city, a lot to tell and an enormous wealth of knowledge and lore. Founded by indigenous people, the ancestral knowledge has been transmitted from generation to generation. Did you know that at local markets you can buy many herbs and derived medicines? Or do you fancy a treatment with smoke and leave lashes?

Our small family hotel is near to the central market, the oldest market of  Quito, where you can find different knowledgeable people to help you out with almost any disease or ailment.

The oldest and wisest people of the different tribes and cultures have been in charge of transferring this cultural heritage to the new generations to prevent it from being lost.

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It is astonishing how these people keep an optimum health. The reason is that they use medicine based on natural ingredients taking in account the whole body and mind and not only the disease. Very important is that the whole plant, seeds, juice or stem is used resulting in a balanced product that doesn´t causes side effects. This is the mayor inconvenience of the modern medicine curing one disease but provoking others.

Below we tell you about the benefits of some of the medicinal plants that are available at local markets in Quito and its surroundings. Again, stay in our family hotel en we help you out to find the right herbal, homeopatic or alternative doctor to get you cured.

This exceptional plant has at least 5 different medicinal properties. Here it is called «manzanilla».

The leaves can be used either dried or fresh with the same result. It is a powerful plant that, used as a tea, can relieve severe stomach pain, as well as help reduce urinary tract infections in women. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties. 

It is also used in various care products such as soaps, creams and shampoos for its moisturising power and pleasant fragrance. Ideal for those who want to keep their skin or body fresh all day long.

As if this were not enough, this plant is also used as a powerful antiseptic. The boiled extract is used to disinfect and heal wounds.

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While many use this plant as a spice to prepare many foods, is it also used as a powerful tool to treat several digestive problems, such as: indigestion, stomach aches and inflammation. It is also a quick and effective remedy for high blood pressure issues.

Although considered a weed by many, this plant has many health-promoting properties due to its natural constituents. It is used to improve blood circulation. Stinging nettle is an excellent herb for spring cleaning. It purifies the blood, removes uric acid and ensures the production of red blood cells and the absorption of iron and calcium. They are full of vitamins and minerals.

You literally have to «handle this plant with gloves» because it contains formic acid that causes skin irritation.

Many facial cleansing products, such as shampoos and anti-acne creams, have been developed from this plant because of its powerful composition, including salicylic acid.

This is an aromatic plant with compounds that regulate body temperature, ideal for people who have suffered from hypothermia and also ideal for mountain climbers who have faced a drop in air pressure due to altitude.

Another use for this plant is as a decongestant to relieve respiratory conditions. For example, in the treatment of colds and flu.

An example of the versatility of this plant is the use of its aromatic fragrance in culinary delights and liqueurs. Not to mention also in sweets, chewing gum, etc. 

 

This is an aromatic plant with compounds that regulate body temperature, ideal for people who have suffered from hypothermia and also ideal for mountain climbers who have experienced a drop in air pressure due to altitude.

Another use of this plant is as a decongestant to relieve respiratory conditions. For example, in the treatment of colds and flu.

An example of the versatility of this plant is the use of its aromatic fragrance in culinary delights and liqueurs. Not to forget also in sweets, chewing gum, etc. 

The leaves, with the same name as the tree, are important to help with respiratory problems. Many people used this plant during the first wave of
Covid 19, because of its components that act on the entire respiratory system.

The proper way to use it is by inhaling its steam, cooking water with the leaves. The plant has toxic components and should not be eaten. Because of its strong but pleasant smell, it is used in various products to combat, for example, bronchitis, asthma and the flu. 

It is a plant with a strong and rather unpleasant smell, which is why it is not used as an ingredient in Ecuadorian gastronomy.

According to ancient tradition, this plant releases bad energy from the environment and people. Because of this, it is used as a kind of good luck charm. This plant is ideal for those children who always suffer from energy changes. 

This tree has many uses. The wood is used to make various objects such as furniture, paper and decorations in general.

The leaves can be used to treat mouth ulcers caused by bacteria and thus relieve more serious dental problems.

In addition, they can be used to remove kidney stones as well as burning and all the symptoms caused by urinary tract infections. 

Did you know the healing effects of these plants? Let us know in a comment.

Good advice: Use natural medicines. Plants have healing powers. Stay in our luxury boutique hotel in Quito and try our fruit and herbal teas.

 

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