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

The kalbas, St. Lucia’s national tree, has a long cultural history.  Probably brought here by the very early island inhabitants, folklore attending this most useful plant remains as evidence of its importance as a holding vessel and utensil. It was believed that feeding a child from a kalbas bowl would help in learning to talk. Boys thought if they rubbed their penis on a young kalbas still on the tree, (or girls their breasts), as the fruit grew these parts would develop.  To release a bad spell, bath with seven kalbas leaves then throw them over the shoulder and don’t look back.  For blood clots, nine leaves of kopi le bwa (Polypodium phyllites) put in a new kalbas and water added.  This liquid is drunk every day for nine days with one less leaf every day.

Verna Slane 1987