Land of Wood, Water and Healing

Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer.
Bitter Melon or “Momordica Charantia” known in Jamaica as Cerassee but much larger in size which Farmer Leroy Delahaye as on His Farm in Bushy Park St Catherine that he says is a big hit with His Chinese Customers.

In the age of over-medication and pills for every ailment known to mankind, Jamaica offers something much more; something natural. One of the most brilliant gems in the Caribbean, Jamaica also known as Xaymaca by its Tainos descendants is commonly known as the land of ‘wood and water’.

Breath-taking waterfalls and lush forest paired with sandy beaches give way to amazing features that go far beyond the superficial. Jamaica is known to carry health spots that have been touted as all natural, healing and cleansing.

The water in our ‘land of wood and water’ comes from spots such as the Bath Mineral Springs in St Thomas, the Firewater Mineral Healing Spring in St Ann, the Milk River Spa in Clarendon, the Rockfort Mineral Spa in Kingston and Doctor’s Cave in St James which are reported to have mystical healing powers. A combination of healing minerals and soothing waters have been viewed as a cure to many illnesses, aches and pains including rheumatism, gout, arthritis, back pain etc.

A sort of mystery surrounds these healing waters and scientists have found that the waters from these healing health spots contain pure minerals that can contribute to overall physical well-being.

Our very own Rockfort Mineral Spa is rated among the highest rated fresh-water mineral spas in the world and should be on every ‘Things to do in Jamaica’ list when you visit.

Jamaica is blessed with crystal clear mineral springs such as the springs in Doctor’s Cave in St James which has been the place to bathe and seeking deep healing since the 1920’s.

Water is not the only gift bestowed on Jamaica. Healing herbs known to the island, the ‘wood’ of Jamaica are the second source of healing and health. If you have an inter-est in holistic health, herbs such as Dandelion, Cerasee, Fever Grass, Leaf of Life, Aloe Vera and even Sour Sop leaf are for you. In fact, they are for everyone. Sour sop leaves help to regulate the nervous system, relieve insomnia, lower blood pressure, aids persons suffering from kidney and gall bladder problems, colds, and fevers. Bissy (kola nuts) relieves menstrual cramps, headache, gout, rheumatism, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Cerasee reduces the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and high blood pressure.

No doubt that Jamaica is set apart in our natural ‘gifts’. Travel to Jamaica and get your own healing experience.