This past year has been a year of revelation (2020); the reason we have never criticized it because it has revealed so much to us in full disguise (thankful). Robert and I have been together for more than ten years, and it's been the year we've spent so much time together (through COVID restrictions). Although limited by his environment and upbringing, he has always tried very hard to prove/provide in this relationship. The one gift he shows up with every time that helps me naturally because that is what he knows and can afford to give. He learned from his father, Yard Bush. Being the last child to his father, he watched his father use roots for healing, mentally and physically. The first time I met him, he gave me Cerasee and told me to boil it and make tea. Me, not knowing what it was and hating the bitter taste, took it home and stored it in one of my cabinets.
I have been under his care for over ten years and cannot complain about my health or old age. I drink medina, neem, soursop, jack in the bush, king of the forest, rice, and peas (Jamaicans name everything something), and recently I was introduced to guinea hen. He is passionate about his roots, literally. I come to Jamaica for healing and rejuvenation. Every trip I come to see him, he sends me home with roots and tells me what to do with them. This year, I took him seriously because of COVID, and I started boiling tea to build my immune system. I wished I had these roots in tea bags instead of boiling them and then straining for tea. So, I brought empty tea bags and asked him to please make me tea bags to put in a cup of boiling water….and Walla! he turned roots from the ground into tea bags. He has labored hard to (I watched him) turn roots into tea bags. What brings tears to my eyes is he is so proud of the process. He handpicks, dries, grinds, and bag tea bags for me and from his yard. We are taking one step forward to share our Yard Bush with you.
All packaged roots, leaves, and teas have been handpicked, dried, and made ready for consumption
Handpicked from the earth by Jamaicans. Country picking and sharing. Made from 100% Roots and Leaves
Roots, Leaves & teas are packaged in a resealable pouch to help retain freshness.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should advise your healthcare provider before use and understand how these products may interact with certain medications you're taking. Please learn more about the usage of medicinal roots, barks, leaves, and teas online
In March 2020, a group of us traveled to Antigua at the start of the Covid-19 surge. During our stay, we began to explore the many roots and leaves that surrounded our villa; we picked Neem, Cerasee, and "rice and peas." I've never heard of "rice and peas" as a herb, but I've always known it to be a Jamaican Sunday dish. So I had to look it up and see what I can find out about it. I could not find a herb by the name of "rice and peas," so I had to dig a litter further. Rice bitter or Andrographis paniculata, aha, "rice and peas" is the alias for rice bitters. While we were in Antigua, we were boiling all the bitters, Neem, Cerasee, and "rice and peas," the tea was very bitter, but we were trying to protect ourselves against mucous, cold, and fever. For more information on Rice Bitters, check out:
Robert and I consider ourself as herb retailers, we are not herbalist, but our herbal knowledge has been passed down for generations. However, we continue to research and educate ourselves on what we sell. This also helps us in our own plant-based goals. Observing herbs is a good room to follow and chat with for those on the clubhouse app.
One of the Naturopathic doctors in the room today talked about using Neem as a face wash for acne. It’s been nearly a year since we all begin to wear a mask to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the coronavirus. I don’t know about you guys, but I started developing skin acne below the mouth. I blame this on wearing a mask. A herbal solution that I am going to suggest to deal with this type of acne is the use of Neem. Neem is a very versatile herb and has many medicinal uses.
To use Neem as a face wash, follow the below recipe
Take about 20 neem leaves and mix with ½ liter of water (purified); soak until the water turns green, and the leaves turn soft. Take the mixture and wash your face, applying until your acne begins to heal. You may also grind the leaves, add water to make a paste, and use it as a face mask.
If you are interested in buying Neem leaves, they are on sale on Yardbush.com; we carry small and large packages
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