7 Medicinal Plants Web MD Isn’t Telling You About
by Simone Cambridge
Bahamian Bush Medicine is a cultural tradition of The Bahamas that originates from African slave ancestry. Bush Medicine uses wild edible native plants for medical treatment.
1. Kamalamee: This is a large red tree that has bark that peels off in strips like paper. The bark can be boiled in water in tea to treat fevers, infections, the flu, colds and backaches.
2. Seaside Morning Glory: These purple flowers are found almost everywhere in The Bahamas, mostly used for landscaping, but they can also be used for cramps and fatigue.
3. Lignum Vitae: This national tree of The Bahamas was considered the penicillin of the 1700’s. Lignum Vitae or “the tree of life” can be used as a purifier, vegetable, and cure for digestion trouble, fevers, and body pains. It’s the most versatile native Bahamian plant.
4. Periwinkle: This plant is a popular remedy in The Bahamas and throughout the rest of the Caribbean. It can be used to treat bites, stings, cough, dehydration, and even leukemia.
5. Match Me If You Can: No leaves of this burgundy plant are the same. However, the leaves can be crushed as a cure for colds and joint pains.
6. Pound-Cake Bush: The flowers of this plant can be dried and used as a tea to treat diabetes.
7. Cerasee: Have a backache? Arthritis? A cold? Hypertension? Malaria? Simply walk to your nearest fence, pick yourself a few leaves of cerasee and make a lovely cup of tea. This plant grows practically everywhere in The Bahamas and is a very popular native panacea.