The herbal tea derived from the plant is also used to combat coughs, colds and the flu. It is also used as a remedy for inflammation of the stomach and intestines, constipation and general stomach ailments.
In Jamaica, the Fever grass is used as a tea, that gives a lasting taste in your mouth, as a child my mother gave us this Fever grass tea and while I cannot explain in words the taste I can still taste and smell the flavor of the Fever Grass today.
Pepper Elder is use for herbal treatment for hemorrhages, gout, renal disorders and rheumatic joint pain. The roots are also used to treat fevers and juice extract from the plant is also believed to help lower cholesterol and is also used to treat skin disorders such as acne and boils.
This spice is indigenous to Jamaica and is belief to be one of the secret Ingredients in Kentucky Fried Chicken. This spice is used in Jamaican JERK CHICKEN, JERK PORK and most, if not all Jamaican recipes.
How to use Jamaican Pimento
For the dry pimento, you just drop a few grains in your soups or meat pot, the powder Jamaican Pimento is stronger and will need just a pinch to season your chicken, Beef, Pork etc.
Devil’s Horsewhip(Achyranthes Aspera) Used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatism, stomach problems, cholera, skin diseases and rabies, treat snake bites, hemorrhoids, as a powerful laxative among other usage.
The plant is also used in cosmetics to reduce wrinkles, treat skin discoloration and smooth the skin. Note that it can overly dry the skin and if not used properly may lead to skin irritations. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid using the plant as Aloe Vera usage may lead to an abortion.
Back in the old days in Jamaica my grandparent would harvest the Cocoa, put the bean to dry on the outside barbeque them parched the Cocoa bean over fire and we as kids would beat the parched cocoa bean into a powder paste using a Mortar & Pestle, my Grandmother would them use her hands to roll this paste in a oval shape Chocolate balls, them she would store her Chocolate in a jar, this Chocolate balls is then grated and use with coconut milk and other spices to make a very delicious cut of Chocolate tea, a favorite for us as children and still today my Mother keep the tradition going so I now carry on this old Jamaican tradition.
The Jamaica Black mint is very strong and very minty in flavor, the mint makes a delicious cup of tea, just a small amount of the dried mint is steam for a minute or two with boiling water, sugar is added for taste..
Sarsaparilla, more formally known as Similaxornata or Similaxofficinale, is a plant that is popular in Jamaica as it is widely believed to contain health benefits. The thorny plant has long fibrous roots and was initially introduced to the island by the Spanish, who brought the plant from Central America to Jamaica as a remedy for syphilis.
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