Muicle: what it is for, how to use and how to prepare the tea

The muicle (Justicia spicigera Schlect.), also called micle, is a plant native to Mexico, Costa Rica, Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala with many medicinal properties, helping to combat anemia, regulate menstruation, relieve pain, treat skin problems and eliminate bacteria and parasites.

These benefits are due to the fact that this plant is rich in pectins, mucilage, tannins, minerals, essential oils and flavonoids, providing antioxidant, antibacterial, antispasmodic and analgesic properties.

This plant can be found in natural product stores and the parts used of the muicle are its leaves, stems and flowers to prepare tea, juices, baths or compresses to place on the skin, its use being recommended only by a doctor or a specialist phytotherapist. in the use of medicinal plants.

What is it for

The muicle is indicated in the following situations:

  • Headache;
  • Anaemia;
  • Menstrual cramps;
  • Menstrual disorders;
  • Bad circulation;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Stomachache;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Cough;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Bacterial infections;
  • Scares, panic;
  • Diabetes;
  • Erysipelas;
  • Syphilis;
  • Gonorrhoea;
  • Cancer;
  • Kidney infections;
  • Nerves and insomnia;
  • Depression.

In addition to that, this plant is used to purify the blood, for its detoxifying properties, and in case of skin problems, such as rashes, pimples, sores, spots, as well as warts. Learn about other home treatments for warts.

How to use

The leaves, flowers, and leaves of the muicle can be used depending on the situation to be treated, in the form of baths, tea, or water.

In case of blood pressure, and syphilis and to purify the blood, the branches, flowers, and leaves should be used and consumed in the form of tea. For warts and to soothe menstrual pain, leaf tea, and its stems are used.

For digestive pain and diarrhea, you can make an infusion of muicle leaves or branches combined with dried or crushed leaves of wormwood, guava, lemon balm, or lemon balm, and should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. 

In case of bronchitis, the leaves are crushed and left to rest for a few hours in water and taken during the day, instead of water, to relieve respiratory ailments such as cough, flu and bronchitis. Learn about other home remedies for bronchitis.

Additionally, you can take baths with the leaves or stems for skin problems or poor circulation. 

How to prepare muicle tea

Muicle tea can be prepared with its branches, flowers, or leaves depending on what you want to treat, as follows:


  • 4 grams of muicle (leaves, branches, or flowers);
  • 1 cup of water
  • Natural honey (optional)

Preparation mode:

Boil the water and then add the muicle, turn off the heat, and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Once that time has passed, strain and serve the preparation and sweeten it with natural honey.


The consumption of muicle is not recommended during pregnancy or when its existence is suspected. Its consumption is also not recommended during breastfeeding.