Medicinal Plants

Coco nucifera
The nutritious and thirst quenching water of the green coconuts is considered sterile enough to use as an eye wash. An unverified report states that in an emergency the matter was given intravenously to a child dying of dehydration by inserting the needle into the coconut eye. The water is considered effective against bladder infection and drunk for cooling. The shell and husk are burned to dry copra and the husks are also used for a mattress stuffing. To treat a toothache, the shell is lighted and covered to catch the condensation which is applied to the tooth. As a rub for bles the oil is mixed with soft candle, lard, grated miskad (Myristica fragrans) and la bom de jes (sp). If caught in a draught, a three-inche piece of the root of a young coconut is boiled with a fit weed (Eryngium foetidum), gwen anbafey blan (Phyllanthus amarus) and an inch of spice root (Cinnamomum verum) with a little salt. An inch of the root in rum treats impotency in men. For sore throat a gargle of coconut water and crushed bird pepper (Capsicum frutescens) is recommended The water from a yellow dwarf coconut or koko di vin used to wash an irritated eye.