Laura Spice Garden
Laura Spice and Herb Gardens
We stopped at Laura Spice and Herb Garden and paid the £2.50 entry. Our guide was a young lady who knew her stuff. She said it was easy to remember all the plants and their uses as "everyone grow up learnin' 'em". She made us crush, squeeze, rub, sniff and guess.
All Spice, Aloe, Big Thyme, Black sage and Bois Bande
All Spice, Pimento, Diocica
Uses: All Spice is grown on a small scale in Grenada when compared to Jamaica. It is believed however, that all spice has the aroma of both nutmeg and clove put together. Used to flavour meat, fish, shellfish, soups, etc. Reminded us of Christmas Cake.
Aloes, Aloe Vera,
Big Thyme, Coleus Amboinicus,
Black Sage, Cordia Cuiassavica,
Bois Bande, Roupala Mantana,
Bois D'Inde or Bay Leaves, Pimenta Racemosa, Myrtaceae
Uses: The spice is found throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America and many countries throughout the world. The product bay rum is made from oils known as "myrcia" or bay oil which is distilled from the bark, leaves and twigs. Bay rum is used as a rub for rheumatism, colds, etc. A refreshing tea from leaves is used for chills and trapped wind, leaves are also mixed with other herbs to ease afterbirth pains.
Caca Beche, Senna Bicaosularis,
Casse, Cassia Fistula, Leguminosea
Uses: The pulp is used in tea as a purgative (laxative).
Christmas Bush, Cinnamon, Clove and Cochineal
Christmas Bush, Eupatorium Odoratum, Compositea
Uses: An herbal tea of leaves used for colds.
Cinnamon, Cinnamonmum (syn. Zeylanicum), Verum Myrtacea
Uses: This spice is used similarly to its cousin Bois B'Inde (bay leaf). The difference is that the bark is used as the spice and has a better market then Bay leaf. It is used as a tea for chills, trapped wind, added to bath water, etc. It is also used to add flavour to cakes, ice cream, soups etc.
Clove, Syzygium Aromaticum, Myrtaceae
Uses: Used in soups as a seasoning, clove oil is used as a sedative for toothache, soak in cotton and insert in cavity.
Cochineal, Nopalea Cochenillifera, Cactaceae
Uses: Mucilage used as a shampoo/conditioner, also as a poultice for boils and abscesses.
Our first experience of a cocoa tree with its pods sticking out from the trunk
Cocoa, Thembroma Cocoa,
Uses: Cocoa is Grenada second largest industry. It is used as a tea or beverage, in cakes in sun tan oils/lotions. It is believed that cocoa has a trace of caffeine.
Coolie Paw Paw, Garden Balsam, Ginger, Honeysuckle and Lemongrass
Coolie Paw Paw, Momordica Charantia, Cucurbitaceae
Uses: Leaf tea used for diabetes, high blood pressure, fevers, colds and menstrual pains. Large green fruits cooked as a vegetable.
Ditay Paye, Capraria Biflora, Scrophulariaceae
Uses: Leaves are boiled, strained and used for washing the eyes.
Garden Balsam, Justica Pectoralis, Acanthaceae (Zep sepanche, Carpenter grass)
Uses: A tea for colds, fever, hoarseness and chest pains.
Ginger, Zingiber Officinale, Zingiberaceae
Uses: A warm tea of rhizome used as a canninative for trapped wind, used as a seasoning, an oil known as gingerol is extracted from the rhizome and used for Rheumatism.
Honeysuckle, Leonotis Neptiflolia, Labitea (Lamineceae)
Uses: Leaf tea used for chest colds, hoarseness and fevers.
Lemon Grass, Cymbopogon Citratus, Graminea (Poacea)
Uses: A pleasant tasting tea drunk for fevers and menstrual pain.
Malome, Chamaesyce Hirta (Euphorbia
Nutmeg, Old Maid and Plantain
Nutmeg, Myritica Fragrans,
Uses: This plant was brought to Grenada in 1843 by Hon. Frank Gurney from Banda. The oil is used in ointments for colds such as "Vicks Vapour Rub", in cakes, rum punches, etc. Nutmeg and mace are poisonous if taken in large amounts due to the presence of an aromatic oil called "Myristicin".
Old Maid (Peri winkle),
Catharanthus Roseus, Apocynaceae
Paw Paw, Carica Papaya,
Petite Baune, Ocimum Grastissimum,
Plantain, Plantago Major,
Each plant was well labeled
Poor Man Pork, Basil, Labiatae, Ocimum Basilicum
Uses: Tenderising meat and addition to stews, broths and soups.
Santa Maria, Lippia Alba,
Sapote, Pouteria Sapola,
Seamoss, Chondros Cripus,
Rhodophceae Used in Grenada as a
Seamoss, Chondros Cripus,
Used in Grenada as a aphrodisiac.
soundo after the aphrodisiac
Someone soundo after the aphrodisiac
Shado Benie, Erynguim Foetidum,
Sour Sop, Annoma Muricata,
Spanish Needle, Bidens Pilosa,
Tonka Bean, Dipteryx Ordorata,
Wallcresses, Paperomia Pellucida,
Wild Coffee, Senna Accidentalis, Leguminosae
Zeba Pique, Nueroaleana Lobata,
ALL IN ALL A FASCINATING LOOK AT THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE