The ceracee or Bitter melon tea is bitter like gall, even when sugar is added to it. However, many Jamaicans drink it because of what they said it can or will do to their skin and body.
If you boil some water and wash a piece of ceracee and add it to the water, leave it there for about ten minutes, strain off the liquid in a cup or mug, now the choice is yours if you want to add little sugar or honey to it or drink it just the same. Any which option you choose be sure to barf after drinking it.
Ceracee is said to make complexion flawless after drinking it for sometime. Another method of preparing ceracee for the skin is to put it in a clean container fill with water cover and place in the sun for nine days. Then, use the water to wash your skin that will get rid of skin eczema and the spot. Also, using Shea butter as the base, cut the leaves finely, fry it with the Shea butter, cover and left alone for overnight. In the morning reheat it then strain off the liquid in a bottle that you can use also for eczema. Ceracee grow wild and stray animals especially dogs like to pee on it.
Jack-in-the-bush good for bleeding cut, cold, put it in a piece of cloth and pound it then put it over your hand with bandage.
Red sage is good for dropsy (people who sleep too much) releasing stress and tension. Can be used in a herbal bath as well.
This is good for stomach problem. There are so many other bush/herbs such as Echinacea, Comfrey, leaf-of-life, aloe Vera are just few of the herbals names.
Many of these herbs leaves are used to produce capsules, tablets, tea, powder, and juices. Then, is given medical term names. These bushes are frequently used in the earlier years (way before my time) since medical technology is more advance, the younger generations including myself rather take a trip to the medical trained specialist than sip an ounce of these herb brewed to make tea. However, in rural areas some people rather drink these herbs than see a medical doctor.