Jamaicans’ use of medicinal plants in everyday life has its roots in tradition. Much of our knowledge is from our African forebears and is steeped in our colonial past. For generations, medicinal plants have been used for a wide array of purposes, such as for healing and to speed recovery from illness, for general wellness and mental wellbeing, for aesthetic purposes, and for culinary needs. This exhibition has been mainly concerned with medicinal plants – particularly herbs and spices – for dietary and wellness purposes. The emphasis has been to highlight how herbs and spices are taken internally (consumed and digested) for health benefits. There is more to be highlighted concerning medicinal plants in everyday life, especially as it concerns psychosomatic care, although mention has been made to certain plants that are beneficial in this area.
Visit our pages for our February Programme to find out more about medicinal plants (such as succulents and other “all-purpose plants”) in everyday life and how they may be applied externally for personal care and healing, as well as for household usage.