Tropical Rainforest Resources
Medicinals and Tonics

Consult your doctor before trying these remedies

Anise (Piminella anisum)

Relieves upper respiratory problems such as bronchitis, coughs, and stuffy noses. Aids digestion. Relieves upset stomachs. Curbs flatulence. Relieves asthma. Helps female organs and conditions.

Castor Oil (Palma christi)

Cathartic. Poultice of warm oil soaked in to wool flannel and applied with heating pad (1 hour, 3 times a week) relieves arthritis, calluses and corns, colds, colitis, cysts, gallstones, gout, headaches, hepatitis, ichthyoids, indigestion, moles, seborrhea, nervous tics, varicose veins, vertigo, warts.

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)


Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Helps control blood-sugar (triples the ability of insulin to metabolism glucose in the laboratory). Small amount on cereal: 1/2 teaspoon or so. Spicy flavor may accompany a high degree of biological activity (Richard A. Anderson, Ph.D., Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA. Cited in "The Spice of Longer Life," Prevention Magazine. June 1992).Tea relieves indigestion.

Cloves (Eugenica caryophyllata)

Temporary pain relief. Sedative and sleep tonic. Reverses mild depression. Curbs flatulence. Improves digestion.

Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)


Corn Silk (Zea mays)

Kidney problems, general kidney cleanser, diuretic. Silk from two ears of corn boiled in one quart water for 15 minutes and refrigerate: one 8 oz. glass every 3 hours. (Seminole Maroons)


Anticancer properties. (Greatly increases the activity of a body chemical known to protect against certain kinds of cancer. Blocks 83% of the chromosome damage normally caused by a cancer-causing chemical. Cook with beans and lentils. Studies done in Western Galilee Regional Hospital, Israel, and in India. Op.Cit. and Urologic Clinics of North America, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1991.) The Seminole Maroons use cumin seed tea to relieve labor pains. 

Dandelion Greens (Taraxacam officinale)

Detoxifies the system, especially after periods of relative inactivity, such as winter, during convalescence, et cetera.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Life span enhancer (Op. Cit.). Volumes have been written about the qualities of garlic: lowering blood pressure, cold and flu prevention, combats hypertension, internal parasites, diarrhea, asthma, blood sugar problems such as diabetes, pains in the muscles and joints, mild food poisoning, heart problems, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, heals wounds, yeast infections, antiseptic for mild cuts. 

Ginger (Zingiber offinale)

Cold preventative. Stimulates digestion. Combats nausea and flatulence. Increases circulation. Poultice for pain relief. Relieves minor arthritis pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems.

Lemons and Limes (Citrus sp.)

Cold and flu prevention.

Mace and Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Increase circulation. Cold and flu prevention. Clear thinking.

Mint (Mentha piperita & Mentha viridis)

Headaches. Female problems. Relieves indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, asthma and shortness of breath, toothaches. Aids digestion. Poultices for headaches, pains in muscles and joints. ("A recent study at the University of Cincinatti showed that peppermint, a stimulant, increased subjects' performance accuracy by 15 to 20 percent," states the Ladies' Home Journal, September 1991 in the article "Perfect scents.")

Onion (Allium sp.)

Respiratory problems. Cancer preventative. Helps regulate circulation. Hypertension. 

Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)

Helps prevent tension and nervousness. Oil for massage for general circulation and to relieve gout, bursitis, arthritis, et cetera. Combine 12 parts peanut oil, 4 parts each olive oil and rosewater, and one part lanolin to make Cayce's Aura Glow face oil for circulation, et cetera. 

Pepper, Black (Piper nigrum)

Cancer preventative; life span enhancer in many circumstances, (Op. Cit. and Amala Cancer Research Centre, Trichur, Kerala, Indian Studies). Helps prevent heart disease, high cholesterol.

Peppers, Hot (Capsicum annum)

Capsaicin, chief ingredient. Lineament and ointment form: pain relief (Op. Cit.) Colds and flu prevention, heart problems, high cholesterol.


High in  potassium. Help keep heart healthy.

Poppy Seeds

Cancer Preventative. (Block 80% of chromosome damage caused by a carcinogen. Op. Cit.)


High degree of biological activity. Life enhancers. (Op. Cit.)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Aids digestion. Breaks fever. Relieves headaches, sore throats, uterine problems, phlegm, shortness of breath, flatulence, colic, stale breath. Insect repellent. Relaxant. Prevents nightmares.

Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum)

Helps prevent colds and flu.

Turmeric (Curcma Longa)

Helps control blood-sugar as does cinnamon (Blocks  54% of chromosome damage caused by a carcinogen. Op. Cit.)

Watermelon Seeds

Tea: helps the kidneys; relieves hypertension, cystitis, insomnia.

Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Good poultice for the eyes. Helps keep the skin fresh. Good for the intestines.