Colony Cove Eco-Garden Remedies
Below are listed just some of the plants
growing within that lovely, aromatic herb garden and…according to
local West Indian folklore, their traditional medicinal properties.
- Aloe – Heated to bring boil to a head, sliced and eaten for colds, jelly for wrinkles, skin problems and sunburn.
- Basil – Tea for mild nervous disorders, menstrual pain, bad heart, upset stomach.
- Cocolue – (Watercress) thrush and body coolant.
- Eucalyptus – Tea for colds and fever. Leaves crushed for decongestant.
- Four o’clock – Crushed leaves with Vaseline for boils, tea of new leaves to cool blood.
- Garlic – Colds, coughs, fever, blood pressure, diabetes, diarrhea, earache, intestinal infection, ringworm, sinusitis, virus, worms. (boiled in milk).
- Ginger Thomas – Colds, fever, headaches, diabetes, jaundice. (tea from leaves and flowers).
- Hibiscus – Faded flowers in cough syrup.
- Japana – Revivant and cough syrup.
- Lemon Grass – Flu and fever.
- Lignum Vitae – Leaves and flowers for debility – bark for fish poisoning.
- Lime Bush – Upset stomach (tea).
- Marigold – Abscesses and boils (leaves and flowers poultice).
- Marjoram – Head cold and chest cold – mild tea for baby’s colic. Liver obstruction (tea).
- Mints – Stomach ache, dispels gas and mild laxative (tea).
- Nutmeg – Athletes foot (ointment), poultices for sore body parts.
- Onions – Colds, stomach cleanser, rub on burns, stimulates appetite (ingestion).
- Papaya – Seeds steeped for diabetes. Leaves tenderize meat, green fruit crushed for bruises.
- Passion Fruit or Pap Vine – Flower-eye tonic, tension, tension headache, high blood pressure. (tea).
- Parsley – Heart strengthener, digestion inducer, urinary tract fortifier. (tea or ingestion).
- Periwinkle – Diabetes, menstrual trauma, soothes nerves. (tea)
- Pomegranate – Leaves and blossoms and seed – tea for dysentery. Rind and bark for tapeworms.
- Prickly Pear – Washing hair, inflamed eyes, high blood pressure. Cataplasm with cornmeal eases back ache or abdominal inflammation.
- Rosemary – Tea for nervous tension and headache. Dried and burned, fumigates sick rooms.
- Sarsaparilla (Candle bush) – blood purifier from dried roots.
- Sorrel – Leaves combined with carrot tops for cooling and kidney or bladder ailments.
- Soursop – Tea as sedative – sleep inducer. Plug (center of fruit) for bedwetting.
- Wurra Wine (Vervain) – Cools blood, relieves constipation, fever and worms. Crushed leaves in bush bath soothes prickly heat.
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