Medicinal Plants

Bidens pilosa
Bidens pilosa, zèb a zédjwi, needlegrass, reportedly helps women with sore breasts or lumps on the breast. To make a poultice for this problem mix the plant with lard, take a cabbage leaf, pass it over fire, put the mixture on it and wrap the breast. For children with bles, pound the plant, put in a little water, squeeze it, and a little coconut oil (Coco nucifera) and salt to this water and give to the child first thing in the morning, about a teaspoonful. An infusion of needlegrass is drunk for diabetes or, for cooling, five leaves of needlegrass and five lemon buds are drawn separately in four ounces of water. Drink 40 ounces a day. For fevers, boil the leaves and sweeten.