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Blumea balsamifera (sambong in Filipino) is an herb that smells and tastes like camphor, a volatile oil with many properties and uses. Sambong is a hairy shrub, about 4 meters high when fully grown. It can ordinarily be found along roads and in open fields and grasslands in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. It produces yellow blooms from February to April. Sambong can be injured by too much water and cannot tolerate growing under shade. It needs full sunshine not only to survive, but to produce ngai camphor.
Some people estimate that commercial production of sambong leaves for the production of this versatile oil is a viable venture in the Philippines. The global trade in camphor oil is profitable. It is in demand since it is used in making incense, insect repellent, paint solvents, deodorants, disinfectants, natural perfumes and soaps.
Sambong has been used for years by practitioners of traditional medicine in China, India and Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, its leaves have been the raw material of an aromatic and pungent tea but soothing, believed by herbal healers to relieve the symptoms of coughs and the common cold. The health and wellness potential of the sambong herb has been recognized in this country. It is one the ten herbs approved for use as alternative medicine for specific health problems by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, and by the Bureau of Plant Industries of the Department of Agriculture. In particular it is considered and described by the DOH website as a diuretic that helps in dissolving and passing urinary stones and in dissolving kidney stones.
Neuleaf Sambong Tea, a soothing and comforting drink is one of Neuleaf's line of Protective Teas, made from wild crafted, mature and healthy sambong leaves, carefully selected and hand picked, and naturally processed.