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The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Hagenia abyssinica L.

Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Don’t go out looking for a kousso tree unless you happen to be in the tablelands of northeastern Ethiopia. The flowers are small and greenish-purple.
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Where Found

Northeastern Ethiopia
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Medicinal Properties

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If taken in proper doses, the flowers have no effect except to eliminate tapeworms.
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Formulas or Dosages

Kousso flowers are obtained in powder form.

Infusion: add 1/2 oz. powder to 1 cup warm water. If the worms have not been expelled after 4 hours, take 1 tbsp. castor oil.
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How Sold

Powdered flowers
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Excessive doses may cause nausea and vomiting.

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Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

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