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Rastas have a natural affinity with nature, a keen intellect and a vast legacy from their forefathers and with this they developed their own treatments for common ailments. Tonics for strength, libido, cold and stomach aches, toothaches and infections. Maroon medicine is legendary and if they couldn’t treat themselves they died. They utilized nature’s resources around them and they were masters of that. The basic principle here is utilizing preventative medicine through eating local fresh organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, and also by accessing local plants and local knowledge about those plants growing around you, so they can be used to treat common everyday human illnesses and states of mind. An example of this is if you have no energy, you are likely to feel down.
Every place on the planet has its own herbal plant pharmacy growing in the ground. Jamaica has its own set of very strong powerful local plants, just as Australia has. The Australian Aborigines has been utilizing their bush medicines for many thousands of years and the elders know instinctively which root bark or leaf can be used for a particular problem. The same goes for all other indigenous people of their lands.
Rasta is a way of life and in this mad modern world we live in with new illness springing up everyday and many more people, it is vital that people access their own rasta medicine growing around them. Some of these plants are more well known like Ginger root Coconut and living Aloe vera.Others not so well known like Kola nut, Periwinkle and Bitter Gourd.Hospital treatment and pharmaceutical drugs are an absolute last resort.The average person can prevent illness and treat common everyday problems themselves if they only know the secrets locked up in the plants around them.
In my small suburban subtropical rasta garden I have access to basil, parsley, thyme,sage, Mexican chia, sorrel or rosella as it is called in Australia, amaranth, yams, chilli peppers, orange, macadamia nut, lychee, mango, marigold and turmeric. If I need to stop the flu in its’ tracks I make a large pot of ital soup, and teas with tulsi, ginger, sorrel, thyme, lemon, parsley and basil. Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora leaves are also good and easy to obtain.
With the threat of stronger and stronger strains of influenza and infectious bacteria, it is more important than ever to have access to some of your own plants for healing. They are cheap and quick and easy to access in a hurry. Build your immune system, keep your blood clean your system will remain strong and well.