By Denise Craigg
Growing up in Saint Vincent’s and the Grenadines my parents would always give us different types of herb to drink. Whatever the ailments, there’s a bush for it, it could be a cold, a fever, you fall down and even to wash our hair.
Sometimes I would wish she wasn’t so cheap because buying the pharmaceutical product would have been better at least that’s what I thought. It’s a True saying that when you’re young you’re stupid and it’s the truth that God protects babies and fool.
Now that I’m an adult and with all the researches and experiments on my own and also notice of the many bushes I used while growing up now added to the many shelf products.
Cecropia peltata is a fast-growing tree in the genus Cercropia and it’s the first species to be described as such Common names include trumpet tree and snakewood.
It is listed as one of the world 100 worst invasive alien species Cecropia peltata ranges from southern Mexico through Central America to northern South America, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, and has been introduced in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Living here in the diaspora it’s still my go-to medicine, especially for cold.
Cecropia peltatal tree normally reaching 15 metres (49 ft), but occasionally growing up to 25 metres (82 ft) tall. The leaves are large – 10–60 centimetres (4–24 in) in length and width, but more commonly about 20 × 20 centimetres (8 in) and palmately divided into 7–11 (but generally 8–10) lobed.
The upper surfaces of the leaves are scaled, while the lower surfaces are covered with minute hair, interspersed with longer ones. The petioles are generally 20–50 centimetres (8–20 in) long, while the branches are green and covered with short, stiff hairs.
The dried leaves of Trumpet leaves are used as an infusion primarily for the treatment of diabetes and as an anti-inflammatory agent In Mexico, the leaves, stem, bark, and root are widely used for the empirical treatment of type 2 diabetes, makes me wonder if this plant is in our insulin.
In El Salvador, this leaf is being used as a sedative. In Costa Rica, this plant is popularly used for the treatment of arterial hypertension and as a diuretic agent.
Cecropia obtusifolia is also traditionally used in Latin America to treat heart failure, cough, asthma, bronchitis, fever, hepatic and kidney disorders, wounds, The leaves of Cecropia peltata are traditionally used as an infusion to treat cardiovascular, metabolic, and respiratory disorders, for their wound-healing and diuretic. In Trinidad, the leave is used for urinary problems.
This makes you wonder where our folks got these pieces of information from?
My name is Denise Craigg, I’m not a Dr of any level nor I’m trying to advise you on anything. Let’s research, educate and learn together.