Herbs A-D



Aloe Vera is very strengthening and cleansing to the entire body.Aloe is rich in calcium and potassium and vitamin B-12.

In the case of Aloe,it is the natural home remedy that prevails over modern medicine.The best way to use this herb is to break off a leaf,slice it down the middle, and apply the gel to the skin.For a burn or sore that needs more than just minor attention,make a simple poultice by placing the cut leaf on the area and wrapping it with gauze .

a)Aloe cleanses the kidneys,bladder and removes all morbid matter from the stomach and intestines.

b)It is a strong laxative that cleanse and purifies the intestines,bowels and colon.

c)It clears up red eyes,improves vision and brings out the natural colour of the eyes.

d)It is used for sunburn,skin irritations and insect bites.

e)It removes wrinkles and other discolorations from the skin.

f)When mixed with lime juice and applied as a poultice it heals the skin ulcers,boils and ringworm.

g)Aloe also relieves dandruff,stimulates hair growth,strengthens the hair and kills bacteria associated with scalp disease.

The gel applied alone may cause some drying to the skin.If this occurs, try mixing a little vitamin E with the gel, or a moisturizer.

Aloe is grown in Jamaica without pesticides and chemicals.




ALFALFA - Used as a blood detoxifier and nutritional supplement. Good for acid stomach, alcoholism, allergies, anemia, appetite stimulant, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, cramps, diabetes, fatigue, fever, glandular problems, gout, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney cleanser, improving lactation, radiation damage, ulcers, urinary tract problems, vitamin and mineral deficiency.




ACKEE (Blighia Sapida)

Ackee is edible and in Jamaica is consumed with salt fish as the national dish.The fruit must be allowed to ripe on the tree,otherwise it could be poisonous.

Medicinal and other uses:

A)The leaves are used to make a tea for colds,flu.asthma and mucus congestion.

B)The tea can also be mixed with salt and used as a mouthwash for pyorrhoea and gum problems……. BUY LEAVES HERE.




The leaves are used in Jamaica to prepare tea for colds. It is common in garden as a hedge plant and is
not indigenous. In the Grenadines a species of Aralia (A. wilkensiana) is used as a poultice and sometimes as
tea for headaches…. BUY HERE




Avocado leaves can be used to make a tea.

a)The tea of the leaves or the bark is used for colds,cough,asthma and high blood pressure.

b)The leather branches can also be boiled and used for diarrhea ,hypertension and pain.

c)Avocado seeds contain antibiotic substances that will kill rats when mixed with cheese.

f) Heated leaves applied to the head will relieve headaches.



BASIL  - Has the capacity to dissolve the accumulated cholesterol from the arteries into the person’s bloodstream.


Bishop’s Weed - Bishop’s weed has the power to open up clogged nasal passages. Its seeds are tied in a cloth and inhaled directly to clear congestions.



BLACK COHOSH -  A herb used in the treatment of arthritis symptoms, has qualities similar to aspirin as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-spasm constituents.


BOSWELLA - Herb used to treat arthritis, is similar to an over the counter or prescription-level non-steroid anti-inflammatory.







Sage is the premiere anti-perspirant, cutting perspiration by up to 50 percent.  It is a great fighter against infection, a good preservative, a digestive aid, can reduce blood sugar and helps a sore throat!   And its flavor in meats and sausage is unrivaled.




Bissy (Cola Nut)
Cola nuts are used in Jamaica for stomach pains and as a purge when poison is suspected. The nuts are
grated and boiled like coffee or taken with strong rum. A little cola is sometimes added to country chocolate and
it is considered to allay hunger. The plant is said by Lunan to have been brought to Jamaica from the Guinea Coast and planted out near Guanaboa by one Mr. Goffe. In Africa the nut is chewed to promote digestion, is considered to be a tonic, stimulating and antiperiodic, and is also used in dysentery. The chemical composition of cola nuts appears to be complex and a matter for some difference of opinion. 11 is stated that I to 2.35 per cent of caffeine and a small amount of the bromine are present. Starch makes up about 46 per cent of the dry nut; glucose and sucrose are present; fats (up to 3 per cent) tannin and gum are found. Early work indicated the presence of a compound called kolatine said to be a tanno-glucoside or a catechin compound but this has not been found by subsequent investigators. Kolanine, described in earlier work as a glucoside splitting up into caffeine, glucose and kola red. and occurring principally in fresh nuts, was later said to be a mixture of caffeinetannate and theobromine-tannate, the latter being a glucoside. Kola red may also be a glucoside, giving rise to phloroglucin.






(Artocarpus Altilis)

The breadfruit tree has a wide range of uses.The fruit is edible and my be prepared in a number of ways. The leaves and the sap which runs from the tree can be used for various ailments.

Medicinal and other uses.

a) The tea of breadfruit leaves,contain camphoral , is used to lower blood pressure and treat diabetes.

b)In Jamaica,the sap is applied to contagious skin ailments to prevent their spreading and promote healing.

c)The sap can also be boiled to form a rubbery substance that is used to dress wounds.



BROOM WEED (Spartium Scoparius)

Medicinal use of Broom:

Broom is a bitter narcotic herb that depresses the respiration and regulates heart action. It acts upon the electrical conductivity of the heart, slowing and regulating the transmission of the impulses. The young herbaceous tips of flowering shoots are cardiotonic, cathartic, diuretic, emetic and vasoconstrictor. The seeds can also be used. The plant is used internally in the treatment of heart complaints, and is especially used in conjunction with Convallaria majalis. The plant is also strongly diuretic, stimulating urine production and thus countering fluid retention. Since broom causes the muscles of the uterus to contract, it has been used to prevent blood loss after childbirth. Use this herb with caution since large doses are likely to upset the stomach. The composition of active ingredients in the plant is very changeable, this makes it rather unreliable medicinally and it is therefore rarely used. This herb should not be prescribed to pregnant women or patients with

High blood pressure. Any treatment with this plant should only be carried out under expert supervision. See also the notes above on toxicity. The young herbaceous tips of flowering shoots are harvested in spring, generally in May. They can be used fresh or dried. They should not be stored for more than 12 months since the medicinally active ingredients break down.




BURDOCK - Burdock is unsurpassed as a blood purifier and treats chronic skin problems such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils, and canker sores. The burrs are good for the release of water retention. Contains: Vitamins Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Iron, Silicon, and Sulfur.

Both the roots and leaves of this herb is used.







Cerasee (Momordica charanta)a Jamaican herb used as blood cleanser

  • Bitter melon–or Cerassee, as it is known in Jamaica–is one of the most commonly used Jamaican folk medicines. Brought to the island and cultivated by African slaves, it is used for diabetes, malaria, worms, colds and hypertension, and as as an overall health tonic. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in April 2003 found that bitter melon extract improved insulin resistance and raised glucose (blood sugar) in rats.

Cerasee can be cultivated as a vegetable and cooked like other leafy vegetables.

Cerasee tea is used as a remedy for colitis,liver problems,fever and as a skin lotion.

The juice of the ripe fruit ,which contains valuable enzymes and minerals ,is taken for diabetes.


Cerasee is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. It was introduced to Brazil by African slaves and from there it spread to the rest of Latin America and the West Indies. Today it reaches as far north as Texas and Florida, where it grows wild. Cerasee also grows wild in Asia where it is used medicinally, and as a vegetable.

A tea made of the vine is used for diabetes,hypertension, worms, dysentery, malaria and as a general tonic and blood purifier. It is also very effective to relieve constipation and colds and fevers in children.

Women in Latin American and the West Indies use the leaf for menstrual problems to promote discharge after childbirth. The tea is taken for 9 days after giving birth to clean out and tone up all the organs involved in the delivery. Cerasee is also used as a natural method of birth control, by taking two cups each day after intercourse, for three days.

As a wash, the tea is used externally for sores, rashes, skin ulcers and all skin problems. A Cerasee bath is good for arthritis, rheumatism, gout and othersimilar ailment.

 Cerasee.(Momordica Charantia)
One of the most widely used medicinal herbs of Jamaica, the fruits of a large variety also being used
especially by the Chinese in cooking. The aerial parts of the plant, either dry or fresh and free of large fruits are
used to make a decoction which is very bitter, or in some cases to make an infusion. The tea is used for colds
and fever (including malaria), for stomach-ache, constipation in children, and as a general tonic beverage. An
infusion of cerasee alone or with Bidens reptans is used for menstrual troubles…….




Castor Oil Plant-A popular Jamaican herb used mostly for the hair

Warm castor oil is used as a rub for arthritis and as a bath oil it relieves many skin problems.The plant is also used to cure constipation and bodily pain. Hot castor oil massaged into the hair will strengthen it and eliminate dandruff,lice,fleas and other scalp problems.

Medicinal Uses (other than oil)

Alcoholic extract of the leaf was hepatoprotective in rats.,

Methanolic extracts of the leaves of Ricinus communis were used Antimicrobial testing against eight pathogenic bacteria in rats and showed antimicrobial properties. The extract was not toxic.

Antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties found in ethanolic extract of Ricinus communis root bark.






Chaney Root is a well-known aphrodisiac for persons with impotence or a low sex drive. It is very high in iron content and is perfect for building up the blood.Chaney root is a  Blood cleanser, good for rheumatism and arthritis, skin problems, promotes physical strength….BUY HERE




The Chamomile is one of the most widely used herbs in the world.

It is one of the best known tonics to strengthen a weak stomach,relieve cramps,gas heartburn and aid digestion.

The tea relaxes the nerves and relieves muscle spasms.

The tea makes an excellent eyewash for burning and tired eyes.

Chamomile will relieve toothaches and other mouth pains when held in the mouth.

It is a tonic  for all the female organs.It regulates and brings on menstrual flow and relieves uterine cramps.

Medicinal and alternative therapy uses

Preliminary research suggests chamomile is an effective therapy for anxiety.




Cinnamon twigs and leaves are sold in Jamaican markets. Boiling water poured on to them makes a
drink which may also be taken on corn meal porridge. It is said to be good for the stomach. It is thought to have
been introduced into Jamaica in 1782 by Admiral Rodney. Cinnamon powder is very effective for diabetics when sprinkled on food daily…BUY HERE




The hardy plant can grow to a height of one meter.

Comfrey has been used in folk medicine as a poultice for treating burns and wounds. However, internal consumption, such as in the form of herbal tea, is discouraged, as it has been highly debated about whether it can cause serious liver damage.

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    CATNIP - Soothes upset stomach.Catnip is considered a cold and cough remedy,because it relieves chest congestion and loosens phlegm.It is also a sedative,tranquilizer,digestive aid,menstruation promoter,treatment for menstrual cramps and flatulence.



     Carry-me-seed; Quinine Weed.(Phyllanthus Niruri)
    This plant is commonly used throughout the West Indies as a remedy for fevers. It is also
    sometimes used for genito-urinary infections in Jamaica. In combination with milk weed, it is said to be
    good for gonorrhoea. The root and leaves have also been made into infusions as a cure for dysentery, diabetes.
    jaundice, stomach-ache, as a diuretic, and in dropsical complaints. The bark contains a crystalline bitter principle and the leaves are rich in potassium salt.

Chickweed : Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits

Chickweed is best known for it’s ability to cool inflammation and speed healing for internal or external flare-ups. Herbalists often recommend it as a poultice or ointment for skin irritations, skin abscesses and boils. Chickweed poultices are useful for cooling and soothing minor burns and skin irritations, and rashes particularly when associated with dryness and itching.

Fresh chickweed can be eaten in summer salads and can be fed to companion animals to assist in the expulsion of hair balls, and sooth the digestive tract. Chickweed is an effective and gentle laxative. The seeds are food for finches and many other seed-eating birds.








A common Jamaican weed used to make tea for colic and colds. For the latter purpose it may be mixed
with Mimosa pudica. In the Grenadines the leaves and roots are made into a tea for infants with colds and for
under-nourished children. Achyranthes spp. are used in Africa for fever, coughs, nausea, pains in the chest and
side, and as a diuretic





Dogblood-A Jamaican herb used for infertility

Dog blood bush (medically known as Ravina humilis) is good for cleaning up the womb and related issues. Some Jamaican women also uses this herb as treatment for issues related to the menstruation flow . It is said that the shame o macka bush is also good for purposes such as clearing blocked tubes and ensuring pregnancy. The dogbush is also said to treat cold and stop diarrhoea. BUY HERE





Dandelion (taraxacum offcinale)

Benefits of Dandelion plant

Let us imagine a field full of dandelions. The powerful sun-like yellow color emites energy, reminding us that the dandelion is not just an ordinary garden herb, but it is one of nature’s miraculous treatments.


Properties and benefits of Dandelion

From a pharmaceutical point of view, the herb has many qualities: cholagogus, choleretic, alkalizing, laxative, diuretic, With a high amount of vegetal fibers, dandelion prevents the unwanted assimilations of glucose and facilitates the elimination of feaces. The contained potassium is responsible for the diuretic action. Dandelion also contains curative substances which are very important for treating metabolism disorders.

The substances contained by dandelion stimulates the stomach’s activity as well as the liver’s and bile’s, causing a high diuresis and helping an organism to eliminate, through urine, the toxic products of metabolism. Dandelion can be successfully used in cases of hypoacid gastritis, dyspepsia, biliary dischinesis and for preventing the formation of renal calculi. The diuretic effect also helps eliminate the renal calculi. Trough the diuresis it causes, dandelion eliminates toxins and indirectly helps treat aczema and other skin diseases.

Because of the contained vitamins A and C, dandelion is also known as an anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent.

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Mixtures and treatments

Dandelion is recommended as an adjuvant in all the diseases that involve a glandular disequilibrium. Because of these qualities, the specialists are using it to successfully treat liver diseases. And its effect? It increases the biliary secretion, regulates the blood circulation and stimulates the appetite when in convalescence periods. Because of its diuretic action, it eliminates toxins efficiently. This way, it indirectly treats eczemas and other skin diseases, gout, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, varices, etc. It reduces the level of cholesterol. Dandelion is also efficient in treating the hepatic dermatosis, cleaning the blood from impurities and calming rheumatic pains. Here are some of its uses:

Internal use

Consumed as a drink or as salad, dandelion is a great remedy. A healthy salad can be prepared from a handful of dandelion leaves mixed with parsley and dill, oil and vinegar. It can be consumed two or three times a day, before primary meals.

Decoct for lowering the cholesterol level: 15g of leaves and 15g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water for 30 minutes and it can be consumed a cup before each primary meal.

Dandelion juice is obtained from hashed and pressed dandelions. If it’s consumed immediately and in high quantities, the juice has a remarkable effect over the blood, by purifying it and enriching it with iron.

dandelion herb   In cases of liver disorders the following recipe can be applied: 25g of leaves and 25g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water for 30 minutes. It must be consumed before each meal, one cup only.

Against anorexia and constipation, 20g of leaves and 20g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water and the product must be left for 24 hours, before consuming it, one cup before each meal.

To ameliorate the acne and cellulite 25g of leaves and 25g of roots can be boiled for 5 minutes in one liter of water and left to infuse another 10 minutes.

External use

The decoct obtained from the hole herb is used to treat cataract. 10g of leaves, roots, flowers and stalks must be boiled in 3/4 liter of water for 20 minutes. The fresh mixture is then used to wash the area around the eye 4 or 5 times a day.

For treating greasy hair, the following recipe can be applied: fresh and hashed dandelion leaves must be applied on the dry hair and left there over night. The following morning, the hair must be washed with shampoo.

For attenuating freckles it is recommended to use dandelion juice or a lotion prepared as follows: 15g of fresh flowers and leaves, boiled for 10 minutes in 1/2 liter of water.



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Dog blood bush (medically known as Ravina humilis) is good for cleaning up the womb and related issues. Some Jamaican women also uses this herb as treatment for issues related to the menstruation flow . It is said that the shame o macka bush is also good for purposes such as clearing blocked tubes and ensuring pregnancy. The dogbush is also said to treat cold and stop diarrhoea.


The donkey weed (Stylosanthes Hamata) is made into a tea to treat kidney pains,colds,teething in babies and for reducing fever.

The sap is also used to remove warts,sores and moles.




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