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

Ceiba pentandra, fonmajé, is closely associated with spirits.  ``The Devil like that tree.’’ The prickles are placed over doors and windows as a protection against black magic.  The seed, which is gathered when the wind blows the cotton about, is considered powerful and a tea is made of it with the seed of fey do blan (Chaptalia nutans) and drunk to invoke the Devil.  The leaves are cooked and eaten and a tea made for children ``when their teeth starts to come out’’ to prevent disease.

Verna Slane 1987