Medicinal Plants

Ceiba pentandra
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.