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JILUNGIN - Terminalia canescens

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I get a lot of ads for herbal/natural products in my FB feed, and this plant has started to pop up: Terminalia canescens - called Jilungin by the Nyul Nyul people. 

Apparently it helps you sleep, and gives interesting dreams. It's also reputed to be so strong that the leaves can be re-brewed as tea multiple times and still have effects. When I find a source I'm happy has been ethically & sustainably sourced, I think I'll purchase some. But I'm having trouble finding much on this plant in the way of chemical analysis or published ethnobotanical information on it. It seems to be widley distributed across the top end - especially NT and the Kimberley: http://bie.ala.org.au/species/http://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2916799

 

Any of you heard/know anything? 

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1 hour ago, Yeti101 said:

I get a lot of ads for herbal/natural products in my FB feed, and this plant has started to pop up: Terminalia canescens - called Jilungin by the Nyul Nyul people. 

Apparently it helps you sleep, and gives interesting dreams. It's also reputed to be so strong that the leaves can be re-brewed as tea multiple times and still have effects. When I find a source I'm happy has been ethically & sustainably sourced, I think I'll purchase some. But I'm having trouble finding much on this plant in the way of chemical analysis or published ethnobotanical information on it. It seems to be widley distributed across the top end - especially NT and the Kimberley: http://bie.ala.org.au/species/http://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2916799

 

Any of you heard/know anything? 

 

Probably worth contacting the seed collecting groups up there and asking if they can provide some leaf and plant matter, if you can get it to a lab for analysis?

 

http://www.topendseeds.com.au/pricelist

 

http://www.kimseed.com.au/Seeds/Seed Master List.pdf

 

https://www.aussiehealthproducts.com.au/loving-earth-jilungin-dreaming-tea-30g.php

 

http://www.twinlakes.net.au/page16/page1/page1.html

 

Does sound interesting from what I just read though!

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I've used the Loving Earth Jilungin a fair bit. It's a very mild, almost flavourless tea. I sleep like the dead, so no dramas getting there for me, but my youngest seemed to do better after having a little tea before bed.

 

The brown glass jar is also useful to... recycle.

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Something to assist sleep would be very handy in my household. Would love to know the science behind it's effects though. What receptors does it hit? Does it have interactions/synergies? Side effects? Other health benefits? Will it grow anywhere else? 

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I know a good deal about this plant and other Terminalias, you can find at my website https://northwestplants.net/2015/08/12/terminalia-canescens/

There has been little work done on the toxicology of most Terminalias until now. My group KEH is keen to keep the information for the traditional owners where this species grows. There are plans afoot for commercialization of several different Terminalias once the research has been finished, both in WA and Queensland.

 

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