Jamaicans have a vast tradition of natural Plant Medicine
The maroons of the Blue Mountains and the bush medicine healers from other locations around the island are truly magical mystical healers with a superior knowledge of plants and doses for healing serious life threatening illness. All over the world pharmaceutical companies have been infiltrating indigenous peoples and pirating their natural medicines for vast profit. This also results in the decimation of local populations of plants as fads are created for these specialised medicines. We must stop this theft of botanical resources and ensure that younger generations are trained in this knowledge. Being aware of this problem and understanding that this is big business and big profit for corporations who have no interest in the moral and ethical questions that are involved.
Plant medicine is a lot stronger if the medical plant is growing in it’s natural habitat and not reproduced en masse in horticultural facilities or worse still cloned in tissue culture labs or grown hydroponically. Soil is a very important ingredient in the formation of these medicinal plants compounds. Destroying natural forests and native habitats is a terrible thing as we need the medicines that are growing around us where we live. If we cant get a particular genus of plant in our native environment then the next best thing is the attempt to grow it yourself or find a similar genus or species that might do the same thing.
Everyone can grow some plant medicine in their garden. Parsley, basils and mints of all kinds, thyme, sage, rosemary and aloe. Whatever climate you live in their is no exception. Even in the cold frost of winter there is a way to succeed.