8 Everyday Herbs of the Caribbean

Three months ago, my son and I came to live in Manzanillo, Costa Rica, a small beach town on the southern Caribbean coast. As a Western-trained herbalist, this for me has meant a daily education on an entirely new materia medica featuring herbs of the Caribbeanvirtually none of my familiar temperate-climate plants thrive here! Fortunately, there are many people to learn from in the Caribe Sur. One Afro-Costa Rican woman, Alda Cook Campbell, learned about herbal medicine from her mother and grandmother and has been especially helpful as a guide to local plants. I’m very grateful to her for sharing her expertise and knowledge as I become acclimated to this new world of plant medicine! More

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