Riddim Don Health: Jamaican herbal remedies

Riddim Don Health: Jamaican herbal remedies

Growing up there was no sickness that a Jamaican bush could not cure! Today, doctors and researchers are now seeing greater benefits that can be derived from some of Jamaica’s plants and bushes.

If you are a yardie you will already know some of them, and even if you don’t let us improve your knowledge on what you could be missing out on.


Dog blood bush is good for cleaning up the womb and related issues. Some Jamaican women also use this herb as treatment for issues related to the menstruation flow. The dogbush is also said to treat cold and stop diarrhoea.

Leaf of Life

The leaves are used in Jamaica to prepare tea for colds. It is common in garden as a hedge plant and is
not indigenous. It can also be used as a poultice and sometimes as
tea for headaches.

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A tea of the roots and leaves is good for coughs, colds and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. A tea of the roots can be used for oligura, flu, constipation, and venereal disease.

Lilly of the Valley

This is a good heart tonic. It increases energy and regulates the heartbeat.

 Sea Weed

Seaweed draws an extraordinary wealth of mineral elements from the sea that can account for up to 36% of its dry mass. The mineral macronutrients include sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorine, sulfur and phosphorus; the micronutrients include iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride, manganese, boron, nickel and cobalt. Sea weed are used to treat thyroid, goiter, breast lumps and obesity.

Flax Seed

Flax seed is used as a tea to treat lung and chest problems, urinary tract, asthma, catarrh, menstrual cramps and coughs.

Trumpet Leaves

The young leaves are very nutritious when steamed as a vegetable. A tea from the trumpet leaves can be used for toothaches, whooping cough, fever, and as a heart tonic.

Now that we have gotten you going, why don’t you check out some other herbs from yard.




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