Medicinal Plants

Jatropha curcas
Leaves of medsinnyé benni are pounded, olive oil or lard added and used as a poultice to heal sores. For fever three leaves cut in three pieces are boiled with a small siton (Citrus aurantifolia) poked full of holes and one soursop leaf (Annona muricata) cut in three pieces. The seeds are pounded and mixed with linseed or castor oil to treat sick animals. If the medsinnyé benni is used as a purge caution should be exercised. No more than one drop mixed with another oil should be used. Death could occur. For carbuncles, the leaves are boiled or crushed and applied. The seeds are roasted or parched and eaten like nuts to destroy all worms in the body, but makes you feel weak. The oil contains the phytotoxin curcin which nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.