Chaney root, technically called Smilax Balbisiana, is a healing herb popularly used in Jamaican traditional medicine. In fact, it’s one of the main ingredients of Jamaican woodroot tonic, which we wrote about.
While it’s most popularly used in Jamaica, it’s also native to South and Central America. The herbs themselves also have benefits of their own, but the most used part, and the one we’ll be talking about in this article, is the root.
What Is Chaney Root
Also traditionally known as Chaney vine, Jamaican Sarsaparilla, God Bush, Hog Head, and more. Natives used the root for hundreds of years to maintain good health. It was largely discovered when the Spanish conquered Jamaica, and groups of natives fled to the mountains.
The Chaney root is said to have aphrodisiac, analgesic, hepatic, and astringent properties. It contains many different minerals and is especially rich in iron.
Now, let’s see how Chaney root benefits the body.
Chaney Root Benefits
Healthier Circulatory System
Another one of Chaney root’s main uses is as a powerful aid for the circulatory system. It’s said to strengthen and cleanse the blood, help anemia, and improve blood count.
That is mostly thanks to its high iron content. Iron plays a major role in the production of red and white blood cells, as well as the production of hemoglobin. Both of which provide great benefits to anemia and the overall function of the circulatory system.
As we’ve mentioned, the Chaney root is a natural aphrodisiac. That means it increases sexual desire, pleasure, and stamina. In fact, that’s one of its main uses in Jamaica.
Chaney root has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. As a matter of fact, it’s commonly used in Jamaican traditional medicine to relieve arthritis, rheumatism, and skin inflammations.
Relieves Back Pain
Chaney root is very commonly used to relieve back pain. That is, again, because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Most back pain is caused by inflammations, and even if it isn’t, once pain occurs the body’s natural response is inflammation, which results in more pain.
In fact, when you’re taking drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, you’re taking anti-inflammatory drugs. So a better, natural solution may just be Chaney root.
Alleviates Menstrual Pains
While this is not a common use of Chaney root, it is certainly a benefit. Much of menstrual pains come down to inflammation.
And as we noted in the previous section, when you take pain-relievers, they are anti-inflammatory drugs. So Chaney root may relieve your menstrual pains, naturally.
How To Use Chaney Root
It’s most commonly consumed as a herbal tea, and the preparation process is pretty simple.
- Soak the root overnight.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add the root and let it boil for 15-20 minutes.
- Optional: add other roots such as Sarsaparilla and Ginger.
- Strain it
- Add honey or sugar
- Enjoy your herbal tea!
Chaney root benefits come down to its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, high iron content, and the other minerals. These together make the root a valuable natural supplement for battling various inflammations, anemia, bad circulation, and bad libido.
Final Note: Even though it has a long history, since there isn’t any official research on this herb, we recommend consulting your doctor first. Especially if you’re pregnant or have any type of unstable medical condition.