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

Leaves of piman gwiv, Capsicum frutescens, are warmed over the fire or boiled and placed on a wound to keep away insects and extract pus.  The pepper is also used in combination with zeb a pik (Neurolaena lobata) for fever, including malaria.  Eight leaves of the zeb a pik are soaked in vermouth for 21 days.  The pepper, cut in half into a cup of hot water, is for sweating (``Go under a blanket to sweat’’) followed by the vermouth preparation, a wineglass full twice a day.   For carbuncles, the pepper leaves are washed and covered with a paste made of lard and ripe pawpaw (Carica papaya) or soft candle then placed over the carbuncle.  For sore throat gargle with coconut water and crushed bird pepper.  Soak an ounce of pepper in rubbing alcohol and mix with coconut oil for rheumatism or arthritis and when you have flu cut a little and boil with a piece of lime, sweeten with honey and drink.  It is also used for wounds.  Peppers give off a noxious gas when burned causing sneezing and choking.  Chroniclers tell of it being used in warfare and hunting but current uses of burning is apparently confined to ridding an area of evil spirits.

Verna Slane 1987