Bitter melon–or Cerasee, 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 an overall health tonic. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in April 2003 found […]
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.