5 Benefits of Jack In The Bush

Jack in the bush is considered an environmental nightmare. That’s because of its invasive nature. In fact, in Australia they label Jack in the bush “a major pest.”

Yet, researchers confirm that Jack in the bush is not just a nuisance. The plant also has medicinal benefits.

There are two easy ways to get the health benefits of Jack in the bush.

The first way is by making herbal tea. The second way is making a decoction to use on the skin.

naturally growing jack in the bush
Jamaican Jack In A Bush

But what really is Jack in the bush? And how can you unlock its benefits? You will get the answers to these questions in this article. So continue reading.

Jack In the Bush

What Is Jack In a Bush Good For? This herb is not one of the most  popular Jamaican bush tea herbs. But it has a long history in Jamaican traditional medicine.

Jamaican Jackna bush tea is used for treating respiratory ailments such as reducing fevers, and flu related aches and pains, suppressing coughs, and soothing sore throats. 

The tea is consumed to help manage blood glucose levels as well,

A decoction made with the plants flowers and leaves is also used to clean wounds, burns, open sores and eczema.

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How to Make Jackna Bush Tea

It is easy to make the tea. Here’s what you need.

  • Five or six fresh leaves or 2 tablespoons of dried ones.
  • Two cups of tap water in a small pot.
  • Place the leaves into the wate.r
  • boil for 10 minutes. (the amout should be reduced to one cup.
  • Let sit until cool.
  • Strain, sweeten and serve.
Freshly brewed jan in the bush tea
Jack in the Bush Tea

If you plan on using the decoction on the skin, let it sit until the liquid reaches room temperature before applying it to the skin.

Chromolaena odorata

What is Jack In the bush? Chromolaena odorata is the scientific name of the plant that is widely known as Jack in a bush herb. It is also known as scientifically known as eupatorium odoratum.

The herb also goes by the names devil’s weed, siam weed, bitter bush, and Christmas bush.

In Jamaica, you may hear it called other name variations like Jack in a bush or Jackna bush.  

Eupatorium odoratum isa member of the Asteraceae plant family.  Asteraceae Plants are  popular in many tropical and subtropical locations. 

And many species of Asteraceae plants are known for their medicinal uses across the Caribbean.

Chromolaena odorata Health Benefits

Some pharmacological investigations of Chromolaena odorata confirm the plant’s health benefits.   

These are five health benefits researchers suggest the plant may provide because of the bioactive chemicals it contains:

CompoundsTheir Benefits
AntidepressantBeta pinene which is a constituent of Jack in a bush essential oils is widely used to improve mood.
The chemical which is often combined with linalool is used  as a traditional medicine to treat mood and depression.
Anti-AnxietyGermacrene is one of the compounds extracted from the leaves of the plant.
The compound is known to help lower anxiety. It is said that it can have a positive effect on blood pressure as well.
AntibacterialAntibacterial compounds destroy or hinder the growth and spread of bacteria.
Studies of the plant’s leaves proved they contained effective bacteria fighting properties.
Anti-inflammatoryToo much inflammation around the joints causes them to become stiff, painful or swollen.
Anti-inflammatory properties in Jack in a bush may help relieve joint pain linked to inflammation.
CytotoxicThese agents kill or damage cells. The cytotoxic properties of Chromolaena odorata were shown to retard growth or kill some cancer cells.


Jack in the Bush is a common name for the Chromolaena Odorata plant. It is native to tropical and sub tropical areas.

The plant is viewed as a destructive weed in many locations. However, research shows that its constituents can provide some amazing benefits.

The easiest way to access the benefits of Jack na bush is to make and drink the herbal tea that is made from sections of the plant.

The liquid can also be used topically to alleviate paid related to skin infectons, wounds and burns.

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