Medicinal Plants

Peperomia pellucida
For cooling, zèb akouwès first comes to mind in St. Lucia. Although many make a tea of it, Mrs. Jn. Louis says you must pour on cold water and drink as a tisane. She suggests you eat it raw like watercress as her grandmother used to do. It is also used for high inflammation and for a sore mouth. For jaundice a carrot is grated and the water from the boiled herb is poured over the carrot and magnesium added. This water is drunk until the yellow ``comes out.’’