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Health Benefits Of Grains Of Selim(Hwentia) That Would Impress You

If you are all about natural spices, then you may have come across this, one way or another. In Ghana, it is popularly referred to as Hwentia by the Akans, Soh by the Gas, Etso by the Ewes and Chimba by the Dagombas. However, in English, it is called Grains of Selim or Negro Pepper.

This spice features a lot in soups, stews, maize porridge as well as locally prepared drinks.

This spice contains copper, zinc, camphene, alkaloids, folic acid, vitamins A, C, B1. B2 and E. These many nutrients enables it to have very wonderful health benefits.

Good for Treating Respiratory Infections.

The grains of selim has anti-microbial properties that fights microbes and bacteria that cause respiratory diseases such and bacterial pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.

Helps Fight Malaria

It has anti-malaria properties and so can be used in herbal drugs to prevent and treat and prevent malaria.

Remedy for Dermatological Problems

Grains of selim can be crushed and applied to areas that have been attacked by boils, skin eruptions etc

Combats Gastrointestinal Infections

An infusion of hwentia helps combat dysentery, gastric ulcers and stomach ache.

Treats Rheumatism

It has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties hence helps to treat arthritis and rheumatism.

Good For Dental Health

It is aromatic and so can be used as a mouthwash to prevent odor and it's antibacterial properties helps in treating toothache.

Acts As An Analgesic

Grains of selim has properties which enables it to reduce pain.

Treatment of Menstrual Problems

It can be used to treat amenorrhea which is an abnormal absence of menstruation. It can also be used to increase flow.

Has Anti-spirochetal Properties

Hwentia has anti-spirochetal properties hence are potentially useful in treating syphilis, yaws and other related diseases.

Has Anti-fertility Properties

It can be used as a contraceptive or birth control tool to help reduce the chances of getting pregnant. Therefore controls the spacing of your children


So much goodness in just a small plant! Next time you visit the market, do well to purchase some of this spice for yourself.

If you have ever cooked with this spice, do well to share your experience with us in the comment section.

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