What is Pepper Elder?
Pepper Elder is the local name for the annual, shallow-rooted herb known as Piper Amalago. Pepper Elder flowers all year round and thrives in damp habitats with humid soils and tropical to subtropical climate. Besides being found in Jamaica and the Caribbean, the herb is also found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and the Americas. Pepper Elder usually grows in clumps from anywhere between 15 to 45 centimeters in height and is identifiable by its succulent stems, fleshy, heart-shaped leaves and small dot-like seeds that are attached fruiting spikes. The plant is part of the Piperaceae family and it emits a mustard-like odor when crushed.
How to use Pepper Elder?
Pepper Elder and many other herbs have been replaced by modern medicine but it still continues to have its purpose in the world of herbal medicine. Today, Pepper Elder is primarily grown as a beautiful addition to many gardens due to its ornamental leaves. The plant still has a number of uses and health benefits that can be had by eating the herb cooked or raw. The entire plant is edible and is used to combat ailments such as flatulence, fatigue and abdominal pain. The juices from the Pepper Elder can also be extracted by boiling it and allowing it to steep. This juice can either be used to create herbal tea or a tonic that is said to be beneficial to the blood. Pepper Elder does also have culinary uses as its spicy fruit can be used as a substitute for commercial pepper and is an addition to a few local dishes.
Health Benefits of Pepper Elder
Pepper Elder is known to be very good at combating fatigue; some local farmers even feed it to their horses and donkeys in an effort to stave off tiredness. The beautiful herb also possesses antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Pepper Elder is also used as a 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.
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