Island Health & Beauty

Ven­ture into the Cheap­side Mar­ket, on any Sat­ur­day morn­ing, and you will be amazed at the vari­ety of fruit, veg­eta­bles, herbs and spices which are offered for sale. Most of the pro­duce is grown right here in Bar­ba­dos, but there are many imported goods as well. Here are a few of the more pop­u­lar choices.

The Bajan Cherry
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The Bajan cherry, also known as the West Indian Cherry or Acerola, depend­ing on where it is grown, is regarded, not only as the world’s best source of ascor­bic acid, but as a potent antiox­i­dant as well. The pop­u­lar red and orange coloured fruit has for a long time been used in the fight against ail­ments of the liver, diar­rhea, coughs and colds.

Cerasee Bush
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Native to Africa, where it grows out of con­trol, Cerasee is an extremely bit­ter herb which is known, through­out the world, as a rem­edy for a myr­iad of dis­eases and other health chal­lenges. Cerasee tea is “good for” tooth ache, con­sti­pa­tion, men­strual cramps, blood puri­fy­ing, eczema and par­a­sitic worms.

Noni (Dog Dumpling)
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Don’t be fooled by the local name, Dog Dumpling, which is the local name for the wild Noni fruit, because dogs steer clear of the dumpling-​shaped fruit, prob­a­bly, because of the pun­gent odour it emits. Also known as Mul­berry and Cheese Fruit, Noni, which is native to South­east Asia, is widely used for the treat­ment of such com­mon con­di­tions as abdom­i­nal pain, impo­tence, men­strual cramps, hyper­ten­sion and acne.

Aloe Vera
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It is not widely known that the Aloe Vera plant, var­i­ously known as Bar­ba­dos Aloe, True Aloe and Chi­nese Aloe, was cul­ti­vated for export, in this coun­try, many years ago. The plant has been found to be effec­tive in the treat­ment of so many dis­or­ders that it can almost be clas­si­fied as a panacea. In dif­fer­ent parts of the world it is known to be com­bat­ive against inflam­ma­tion, bac­te­ria, can­cer, HIV, vagini­tis, acne, ulcers, haem­or­rhoids, con­sti­pa­tion, indi­ges­tion and col­i­tis. Aloe Vera is also used in the man­u­fac­ture of hair and skin products.

Limes
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Men­tion limes, and Bajans auto­mat­i­cally think about lemon­ade. But it is not widely known that lime juice can retard the accu­mu­la­tion of plaque in the arter­ies and thereby pro­motes good car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. The exter­nal appli­ca­tion of lime juice helps to reju­ve­nate the skin.


Bay Leaf
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Also known as bay lau­rel or sweet bay, the bay leaf, a native of the Mediter­ranean, is quite pop­u­lar on the island, where its main use is in sea­son­ing or as a tea. Not only is the leaf, with the sweet aroma, a com­bat­ant in the fight against can­cer, but it is also known to pro­mote good diges­tive health, and is excel­lent for the alle­vi­a­tion of numer­ous res­pi­ra­tory conditions.

Tamarind

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There is a sweet tamarind, which is not eas­ily found in Bar­ba­dos, and there is an excep­tion­ally tart one, which can be found all across the island. The fruit is not very pop­u­lar among Bajans, unless its pulp is com­bined with sugar, and made into a children’s delight known as tamarind balls.
Tamarind is exten­sively utilised in Asian coun­tries, not only for cook­ing, but for its med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties as well. It is alleged to be quite effec­tive against dis­eases of the skin, the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem, jaun­dice and cancer.

Sour­sop
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Native to Mex­ico and the Caribbean, the ever­green Gravi­ola tree grows ubiq­ui­tously in Bar­ba­dos. It pro­duces a fruit, known, var­i­ously, in Bar­ba­dos and other places, as sour­sop, cus­tard apple, and Brazil­ian paw­paw. Sour­sop Punch has long been a favourite drink among older Bajans; the younger folk pre­fer sour­sop ice cream.

There are many unproven claims that sour­sop is a nat­ural can­cer fighter. Addi­tion­ally, it is claimed that the prickly fruit and the leaves can be used in the treat­ment of back pain, insom­nia and exzema.

Moringa
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Bar­ba­dos has played host to the Moringa tree for quite a long time, but it became extremely pop­u­lar, a few years ago, when its ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties were dis­cov­ered. Also known as the Drum­stick and the Horse­rad­ish tree, this mirac­u­lous plant is touted as a rem­edy for every con­ceiv­able ail­ment. Moringa leaves, flow­ers and pods are chock-​full of pro­tein, vit­a­mins, cal­cium, potas­sium and other min­er­als, which are con­cocted into prepa­ra­tions, and made avail­able in phar­ma­cies and health food stores across the island, and the world.

Blue Ver­vain
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Blue Ver­vain, also known as Wild Hys­sop, Herb of Grace and Simpler’s Joy, among other monikers, is a favourite among herbal­ists. The med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties of Blue Ver­vain are use­ful in the fight against such ail­ments as bron­chi­tis, inflam­ma­tion, chest con­ges­tion, depres­sion, sore throat, joint pain and fever.


The fore­go­ing is only a smat­ter­ing of the ther­a­peu­tic mir­a­cles which can be found on the island. You can come to enjoy the sea, sun and sand, but there are quite a few more excit­ing extras to be discovered.

© Images taken from Pin​ter​est​.com
© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com




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