In my walks through the market in el “Barrio Medina” here in San Pedro Sula, I noticed bags of tree bark being sold. My curiosity wouldn’t allow me to walk by without asking what it was.
It turned out to be “quina”. Still not knowing what that was, I scratched my head and walked away. I went home and did some research though. Turns out this tree bark is very useful. After reading up on it and realizing that I could definitely benefit from it, I went back and bought some in powder form.
Quina cinchona (Cinchona officinalis) is a tree bark that has been found useful in treating many ailments such as Malaria and stomach issues. It known to increase appetite. It is also used in facial toners and tonics. I recently experienced nearly miraculous results using a quina based nail fungus treatment. (I will share more about this experience in another post)
The taste is very bitter and a bit acidic. I must say, I’m glad my curiosity got the best of me.
If you have any questions about quina or quina based products, please leave them in the comments section below. I will gladly reply soon.