MY HERB CLINIC ® MAUNALOA BAYBEAN BAY BEAN LEAF ORGANIC ENHANCE Canavalia maritima
Organic Bay Bean Leaf
Botanical Name: Canavalia maritima, Canavalia rosea
Organic Status: Organic
Country of Origin: Thailand
Plant Part: Ariel parts
Other Names: Beach-bean, Jackbean , Jackbean, Maunaloa, Puakauhi, Wonderbean, Friol de Playa, Mackenzie bean and Kijimanu.
Bay Bean has a long history of use in South America with seeds found at ancient sites dated to 300 BC, and some websites state that it was a valued food source on board Captain Cook's vessel during his travels. This may be true as we were able to find a botanical watercolour of the plant made by Sydney Parkinson during Captain Cook's first voyage.
The leaves have been traditionally steeped and used as tea, as well as used as a herbal smoke. Reviews of the herb state it is lovely and mellow when used without other herbs, but it may act as a 'potentiator' or work synergistically to enhance other herbs.
Other herbs that would pair well with Bay Bean are Kanna, Blue Lotus, White Lotus, Red Lotus, Sacred Lotus, and Klipp Dagga.