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Local herbal remedies should only be used under the guidance
of a knowledgeable herbal medicine practioner!

The leaves of Annona muricata, soursop, a popular fruit for eating and juicing in St. Lucia, are made into a tea and taken at bedtime as a mild sedative.  The veins (called bones) are removed before drawing.  For a sore foot take two dry leaves. Make a cross, and tie on the spot.  As a diaphoretic or for cooling, draw young leaves, with veins removed, for a tea.  A few leaves and a branch of balyé dou (Scoparia dulcis) are pounded together, the juice is squeezed, added to a spoon of olive oil, and taken for asthma.  A tea made from nine leaves of soursop and nine leaves of avocado (Persea americana) is recommended for high blood pressure.  A small, immature soursop, along with pounded leaves of kod-a-vyelon (Desmodium incanum), pistach mawon (Desmodium barbatum), mayok chapel (Entada polystachya), lyenn chasen (Pinzona coriacea) and ti patat (Ruellia tuberosa) is put in water and drunk as a tisane for gonorrhea.  When menstruation continues longer than normal, take nine leaves of soursop and draw for a tea.  The second day use eight leaves and continue down to zero.  Also for cooling, peel and chop and immature fruit, soak in water and drink the liquid.  For fever boil with lime (the fruit poked full of holes) and three leaves of medsinnyé benni (Jatropha curcas) each cut in three pieces.

Verna Slane 1987