What is Spirit Weed?
Spirit Weed, also known as Chadon, Shadon or ShadoBeni in other parts of the Caribbean, is a perennial and annual herb that belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is a tropical plant and is native to Mexico and South America. Spirit weed is commonly used in Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean, for its well-documented medicinal properties; the plant has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The plant grows naturally in moist, heavy soil near cultivated areas. Spirit Weed that grows in shaded areas tends to also produce plants with larger and greener leaves.
The plant is said to be rich in calcium, carotene, riboflavin and iron and is becoming an increasingly traded crop in Western countries.
How to use Spirit Weed?
Spirit weed is widely used throughout the Caribbean as a seasoning for a wide range of sauces, dishes and in the preparation and preservation of meat. The herb makes for a good culinary herb as it dries well and retains good flavour and colour. The leaves and root of the plant can also be eaten raw; some use this as a treatment for scorpion stings. The plant’s root and leaves can also be boiled as consumed as herbal tea. This tea is used to treat ailments such as the flu, constipation and pneumonia. In traditional medicine, spirit weed is also used to treat fever, diarrhea and vomiting.
Health Benefits of Spirit Weed
Spirit Weed is used for the treatment of a host of ailments. Apart from the rich levels of iron, riboflavin and carotene, the leaves also contain noticeable levels of protein, ash and carbohydrate. The spirit weed’s leaves are also a good source of Vitamins A, B2, B1 and C. Both the plant’s root and leaves are consumed to unlock these benefits. Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to, bringing relief from stomach pains, aid in the fight against diabetes and also its use as an appetite stimulant.
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