Thursday, November 24, 2005

Who am I?

I am a twenty-three year old proud Bahamian daughter-of-the-soil. “I born here and raise here”, so having the privilege of being born in The Bahamas I had the advantage of learning a few things about my country, things that make me and every other Bahamian who we are today. It is what completes us and make us whole, it is our heritage.

I have chosen to discuss one aspect of the many things I've been opportune to learn as a Bahamian child, and that is how to take care of myself when money is low.

Have you ever wanted some real good tea but couldn’t go to the grocery store or go to the doctor for him to write a prescription for you to fill at a local pharmacy? As a young Bahamian I learned how to enjoy the fortunes of the rich even while being poor, and I wouldn’t change a thing; and now that money isn't so tight I still enjoy drinking good old fashioned bush tea. “Ain’t no tea in the store tastes better than a fresh pot of fever-grass and pear leaf tea.

Back in the day time and money was saved, because most Bahamians sought attention for ailments, rest and relaxation from the bush. In some instances today they still do.

Aloe Vera

Alo- vis, as it is affectionately called by Bahamians is a wild plant that can grow almost anywhere. This is another bush medicine whose list is a mile long with benefits.

Aloe Vera is known to strengthen/thicken the blood, kill worms, grow hair and nails, heal scratches and burns and the list goes on.

The Aloe plant has a thick green stem, that appears to be prickly but really isn't; you would peel (or cut) open the stem to consume its medicine.

Today aloe is used in many cosmetics, it can also be found in a drink. I've personally tried it as a drink, and it's not bitter at all -infact, it's quite tasty. You can get it with or without the pulp.

Factually, Aloe is not very tasty, although it is more bearable than Ceresea, it is additionally very slimy and it has a medicinal odor.

1. I treat my son to aloe every so often by picking the aloe plant,

2. Washing and peeling it,

3. Taking out the aloe pulp,

4. Straining it the best way I can (I usually just mash it up with a spoon),

5. I will then take some on the spoon and encourage him to take it.

Immediately after I give him a juice to get rid of the taste or a slice of orange, even though this doesn’t always help as intended, I’m a firm believer that it makes the experience just a little bit better.


The noni fruit is thought to have migrated along with Polynesians who left their home for the South Pacific.

This popular growing fruit is spectacular because it is one that grows on a tree in which every inch of it has a medicinal purpose from its root to its leaves; it is advised to be a life sustainer.

It has many uses, the leaves are great as a tea and the fruit can be eaten in many varieties: cooked or raw; or it can be made into a drink.

In the Bahamas Noni aids so many ailments no one can say exactly what it is meant for. However, it is believed that noni cures cancer, ulcers, and arthritis.

If you’d like to sample this heavenly fruit and see if these sayings are fact or fiction here is a simple recipe for you:

1. When the fruit is ripe wash it,

2. Squeeze and mash it up in your hand,

3. Place it in the blender,

4. Put a little water in it and blend,

5. Strain it.

Mix about a liter to a quart of grape (or your favorite 100%) juice and drink one cup every morning.


An old time Bahamian favorite…………………

Most adults today can honestly say that they grew up drinking ceresea, I sure can!

Ceresea is identified as a worm killing, blood cleansing bush medicine. It grows plentiful on a vine and it even produces a small fruit which can be consumed.

Ceresea is very bitter, and it has a distinct scent when boiled.

To sample old faithful as the elderly may call it:

1) Grab a handful of the bush, wash it carefully,

2) Put in an old pot with some water to boil,

3) Allow it to boil long enough for you to smell it and the water to become a dingy green color,

4) You can sip it while it is hot, but I recommend drinking it fast while it is warm, with a little salt and sour lime. Although this will not take away the bitter taste it will make it more bearable.

Be sure to have something tasty to eat or drink after you’re through drinking this.