Sunday, 16 September 2012

Healing Herbs of the Caribbean

Healing herbs of the Caribbean is a collection of herbs and their medicinal uses as is known in this part of the world for treating ailments, injures and many other health issues. Many of the herbs were also a source of food, salads, food supplements, vegetables, used as cosmetics and taking spritual cleansing baths.

Caribbean people dating back to the Kalinago (Caribs) for years have been practicing these traditional methods known as bush medicine with much success. Today most of the younger generation have somewhat moved away from this approach with the prevalence of modern Medicine.

While the practice of herbal medicine is somewhat on the decline in the Caribbean, it is encouraging to see some activity in the local market and on the street in Roseau the capital of Dominica, where vendors can be seen plying their trade on week days selling their cured and green herbs.

On the other hand notwithstanding the decline, there are growing public interest or a resurgent in the use of herbs globally by persons seeking cures with natural oralternative medicine, or health conscious enthusiast who want to take control of their health, such as finding answers to treating various diseases as Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer and other Autoimmune disorder ricking havoc on their health.

This era of herbal medication is making a comeback like the good old days of back to the Garden of Eden. The use of herbs to treat diseases is almost universal among third world countries, and is most times more affordable than expensive pharmaceuticals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) approximately 80% of the population in some African and Asian countries are presently using herbal medicine as some part of primary health care.Click here for further reading of the WHO.

The photos of the plants you will see here were taken mostly on the Island of Dominica and some in Antigua. The plants are of tropical nature and can be found throughout the Caribbean region, Latin and South America. Some are regarded as plants native to countries in other parts of the world such as Europe, Asia and Africa. For example the Madagascar Periwinkle, and  Purslane.

The information about the herbs and how they are used comes from various sources to  include online research, interviews with the older native Kalinago people (The Caribs) in Dominica, and  consultation with various herbalist.

The local names will vary depending on the country you are in as well as their many different uses. All of the herbs however will be identified by local, scientific, and creole names (French Patois) as is known in Dominica and countries with the French influence.

The purpose of this site is to bring about more awareness of the herbs, their medical application and other uses. Most of these herbs are grown as wild shrubs throughout the Caribbean. You will find them practically everywhere, in your front and back yards, and in over grown places such as your garden.

I hope you'll find this information useful and is able to stimulate some interest in you about the use of herbs as we seek to uncover some of the healing attributes of  thehealing herbs of the Caribbean.

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DisclaimerThe information provided here is for educational purposes only. And is not meant to advise diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a healthcare provider.

1 comment:

  1. thank you for this information