Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: Caribbean keeps tradition of herbal remedies
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Title: Caribbean keeps tradition of herbal remedies
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: October 7, 1994
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Caribbean keeps tradition of herbal remedies
I have noticed for some time somach wouas pr ny pr- aathe~ whole land of Cus" Cush by mixing tbem sagobar. Paom tas.
nw itha many people especially lem. nad other illness om barik i tbl& adof miopia a heart drg was discovered.
down islands, ar vey invested leaves, and rs o plats. So it was o surprise when Arnd 1803. msphnew discov-
intbemedicial ofphF s. According t Edwud O. Wdson. Olase Africans were brought to the ebd. Thisdrug was obtaled f
The Istsy of hebal median is "t mo biblia sense hummo y Davis Caobbeanlas sltha tb0t ow. dmidjmioof pe plm I.
as old s bhuman history. The was bon in thei n of lde and edge of herbs was handed down YeTas ago emS rgin Islads
knowldg" of plans and i uma in Africa wash crdle." fro gsenerioa o gen on and herah l modine w nnjor w anop
the C.rnbbn otigin d wi10 "Ad wIs Goadsa 110. Ad a rivn e wes= canogd a 0ew moo of pbts .Ch '.w'= .o n lOik *b
sbros brought am Ab a ad with out of Edeo to arn dm gr de : disosmed. ildbO. om o ook b
.he Indians who inhabited the from hence it was parted, and Old malnscripts show how bash to produce white milk and
C.bban sands. became urhads." of Gsis apcer 2 further said plats were ued as drags in ial te bh
Arim n laves and Indins alike One of iee four rives paed "And b ame ofibe second river E anu d up though td e y em pe ok bb blth
Uted wo. d. colds. fever chnlls, through bte laSoof Afkic. Vers 13 i Giba g b mthso mmr .l.ha compa- p 17. a physof=ea d sveal hert woand ad
used bush bhub to protect them-
lves against evil spirit some take
buoh bhs for good luck.
Bush baihs today in the Virgin
Islands are most non-extlnt.
People nowadays use fancy bath
oils most of which have some
kid of plamingdic0 s ig tieb
Bush ea. howreer is popular in
the Virgin Islands. Jaquel D. Daw-
son. an gronomist. has her own
business called "Agricultral Ser-
vices Unlimitd, which features
bush tea. One of the fist times I
tested iced bush tea was when I me
ber a the agriculture and food fair
onSSL Thoma.
I also bad the opportunity to
taste he hot bush tea. when I
amended the Caribbean Food Cmops
Society meetings his year at Mar-
sioa's Pranchman's Reof Hotel.
If we are king about promot-
ing co-cclture in these islands,
bush ue should be offered by our
boasu ad rt amoom Fheer, bush
5 mcao blp sbmoe iaiad by gmw-
inog on a o eia sale.
We often look ooside for indus-
try to boot these islands' economy
but tio use local sources like
bush tea produce
Here ar a few popular bush =es
d tbr use in the Virgin Islands
Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon
Ciams) ma is good for fevers and
olds. To sweat out he flu, com-
bine lemon grass, ginger, orange
peel. canepiece soena combine
mgeth and drink hot with lemon
Sood. Then wrap up o increase
%pu a (Japonica Camellia
S apnica) se i tasty and produces
a good soogh sysop.
Wbi=co (Hbiscm Ross Sico-
is) dried Blowe make a good tea
o eas colds and coughig.
Smwop (AMam c Mooos) oe
i for colds, fbvs, aad fcosgl. In
Afica, e bark has been ued for
dysetery and worms. Thi plant
n.n stp deep The fruit of tme
soursop ue is eaen. makes oaly
drinks and ice cream. bo beat of
the hfu is given to children o et
o prevent bod wemg.
D t (Ane aohum G eolens) tea
to relieve ga pas simulate the
rain ad help digsto.
go1.nuM7 (Ro.m .i. Ofc0 ,-
nalis} makes toe to treat for
beodaches and mrvous tensios
S FOR INFORMATION
Call Jacquel D.Dawasonat
777-7133.
Olaste Davi. wok holds a os.S
tur f sci.en dgr. in s0rgf man-
So. Coi-o oootlfl. ootvdft ond
writer.




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