Rasta Plant Medicines
Medicine and Natural Remedies
Jamaica folk medicine and herbal plants
“Let thy food be thy Medicine” Hippocrates
Rasta medicine is preventative and involves the use of natural remedies made from herbs, barks, roots and natural local organic fruits and vegetables. There is a large overlap between ital food and rasta medicine as food is the medicine. Prevention is better than cure and it is well known now that a primarily alkaline diet of fruits, including roots and bark, vegetables and herbs keeps the body healthy and vital.
The Rastafarian livity originated in Jamaica which is abundant in delicious exotic medicinal fruits and spice trees, a large selection of tropical vegetables, coconuts and plant herbal medicine. The Jamaican natural healing and herbology has a rich history, beginning with the Arawak Indians and continuing on through to the introduction of African Plant Medicines later in history. Jamaican natural medicine was also influenced by the Indian peoples, the Chinese, the Syrians and the Europeans.
Rastafarian vast legacy of plant medicine
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.
Herbal Medicines are growing all around
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 have been utilizing their bush medicines for 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 rapidly changing modern world a new illness springing up every day. This and many more people make it 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 are 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.
Grow your own medicinal garden
In my small suburban subtropical garden, I have access to basil, parsley, thyme, sage, Mexican chia, rosella, amaranth, yams, chilli peppers, orange, macadamia nut, lychee, mango, marigold, lemongrass and turmeric. If I need to treat the flu, I make a large pot of ital soup, and teas with cinnamon, garlic, 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, quick and easy to access in a hurry. Build your immune system, keep your blood clean and your system will remain strong and well.