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Leaves of the three native Perseas in North American have been used for seasoning for a long time, used like bay leaves. Here's the kicker. There is research that says a tea made from the leaves of the persea is effective against giardia.
 

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Neat!

Are you talking about using the plant to treat questionable water prior to drinking it, or using the tea to help get rid of Giardia if you have already contracted it?

I wonder if Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) has similar properties? In the past, it was used against typhoid fever and measels, and I wonder if it would work against Giardia, also?

Unfortunately neither plant grows here in my current location, but when I lived in the Southeast, I used spicebush berries for a seasoning, and the leaves (in less than medicinal quantities) to make a nice mild tea.
 
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