Medicinal Plants

Leonotis nepetaefolia
For fever, colds and related maladies St. Lucians think first of gwo ponpon used alone or combined with other herbs such as konkonm kouli (Momordica charantia) or chinna (Exostema sanctae-luciae) and lime leaves. For epwidan, it is combined with chadon benni (Eryngium foetidum), lime leaf, gwen anbafey blan (Phyllanthus amarus) and twef (Aristolochia trilobata) in a tea. For hoarseness caused by a cold, a leaf of pwin (Spondias purpurea) and planten (Plantago major) are boiled with the go ponpon. For women after childbirth venvenn kawayib (Wedelia trilobata), twef (Aristolochia spp.), bonné kawé (Cardiospermum microcarpum), bark of hog plum (Spondias mombin) and sour orange (Citrus aurantium) is combined with the go ponpon and given us a tisane. Go ponpon is also used to treat bellyache and hoarseness. According to an informant, ``if you feel tired like you can’t do anything, a special evil spirit has come in the night, and given you a ``sham’’ To ``free up’’ the body, a tea is made of any of the following: chadon benni (Eryngium foetidum), chapantyé, (Justicia pectoralis), tabak djab (Pluchea odorada) of go ponpon. Go ponpon can cause allergic symptoms in some people.