| (Jamaican spikenard; Chan)
Aromatic annual found throughout the tropics. In Central America its seeds are mixed with water to make a nutritious drink like chia but better tasting. The essential oils in the leaves vary from region to region. Our variety is from West Africa where it is used for the treatment of fevers, dysentery and diarrhea, and is burned indoors to repel mosquitoes. Recent studies show that the herb has potent antidiabetic, antimicrobial and wound healing effects. Ht. 1m/3ft.