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  • Segra seeds- wild cassada-wild worm wood-less popular Jamaican herbs

    Segra Seed; Nhandiroba.
    The seeds are purgative and contain a bitter principle fevillin, tannin compounds and resins. From the
    early days it has had the reputation in Jamaica as an antidote for poison (probably due to its emetic and
    purgative properties), a wound dressing and a useful bitter.

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     Wild Cassada; Cassada Marble; Belly-ache Bush.
    Most of the old writers speak of the use of the leaves of this plant, either in decoction or boiled like
    spinach, as a purgative remedy for ‘dry belly-ache’. Beckwith says it is used to prepare tea for constipation, the
    part used not being specified but it is probably the leaves. as given in the old remedies. The seeds are said to be
    purgative. the oil being similar to castor oil.

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    Wild Wormwood: Dog-flea Weed;

    Bastard Feverfew.(Parthenium Hysterophorus)
    Some of the old writers, including Browne, speak of the use of this herb in resolutive baths and infusions
    and for treatment of wounds. Country people use it to prepare a decoction for colds and to make a bath for fleas
    on dogs. The plant is said to contain a bitter glucoside.

     

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