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Amazonian and Afro Caribbean Herbs to take Note Of. Part One.

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CERASEE- Momordica charantia

Also known as:- bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash

Cerasee is originally a native of the Middle East, The Mediterannean and Northern Africa. It was introduced to South America, particularly Brazil, by slaves and from there it spread to the rest of Latin and Central America and finally to the West Indies where it is found mostly today. It is a wild not a cultivated plant. it is also known as bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash

The fruit is best known for its culinary purposes but the leaves of the vine itself have a long history of traditional medicinal use

In Jamaica it is typically used in the treatment of diabetes, as a general tonic and blood purifier but also for hypertension and to relieve constipation, chills and fevers especially in children. It is a stomachic and it is extremely bitter.

CHANEY ROOT - Smilax balbisiana

Also known as: Jamaican Sarsaparilla, Chainey Winder, Prickly Green Brier, Saw Brier and Chaney Vine,
Chaney root, is also known as Jamaican Sarsaparilla, Chainey Winder, Prickly Green Brier, Saw Brier and Chaney Vine, and is a perennial vine that is native to South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. It is collected wild from deep in the Jamaican woods.

Spanish explorers discovered that it was being used as an infusion by natives for a general tonic and it is believed to be an aphrodisiac. It is full of iron and consequently used in cases of anaemia but is also used to help combat the symptoms of fatigue, rheumatism and arthritis. It is a natural analgesic and a blood tonic.

It is best known, perhaps, in the West, as a libido enhancer. To make a tea from it steep 25 grams of the root in a litre of water and simmer for ten minutes or so, cool and strain. It is usually sweetened with honey or sugar as it is bitter but on the plus side you can re-use the root material a couple more times for further batches of the infusion.

CINNAMON LEAF - Cinnamomun verum

Cinnamon leaf contains many compounds that promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the upper gastrointestinal tract which are a digestive aid, as well as strengthening the immune system. The leaves are often used as a tea in a weight loss regime and to help control blood sugars as well as in diabetes. They contain anti oxidants and have weak anti-viral properties.

the entire leaf itself can be used as a hot water tea ingredient so that its contents can be extracted into the tea and ingested where it can be used to help fight the symptoms of colds and influenza.

GUINEA HEN WEED - Petiveria alliacea

Guinea Hen Weed is a well-known Jamaican remedy for headaches, fever and colds. There are several ways of using it, for example grating the root and steeping it in rum before rubbing the mixture over the head, or simply tying leaves to your head but most people take it as a hot infusion.

it is also also known as: strong man's weed and its botanical name is Petiveria alliacea. The root taken in large doses is particularly toxic so the leaves are usually udsed for making any infusions.

Guinea hen weed is found in the Amazon rainforest and tropical areas of Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

It has a long history as a medicinal plant in the Amazon, where it is known as anamu. where its main use is against colds and as a pain reliever for headaches, rheumatism and arthritis.

The plant is said to have magical powers. The strong smelling leaves would be scattered around the room to 'to keep away duppies' (unfriendly spirits).

The root is traditionally used in an insecticide preparation, probably because of its strong smell and its toxicity.

Guinea hen weed has been widely studied in the laboratory. Its traditional usefulness for arthritis and rheumatism has been supported by research that shows it does have anti-inflammatory properties and may stimulate the immune system.

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