The second plant, is cotton. We dug up the roots of one of the plants last week to make tinctures with the apprentices for Cotton Root Bark (Gossypium herbaceum), which is excellent for inducing labor and helping with post-partum bleeding. All this is aside from the wonderful plants we've already been acquainted with here: a Loofah vine which provides us with natural sponges for dish cleaning, the banana trees, the cherry tree, and the mangoes which are starting to drip from the sky. New things are being planted continually atop placentas--more Moringa, cotton, papaya, kashima (a popular fruit), etc. We are all excited with the abundance that nature is providing us here in Jacmel.
Happy Spring Equinox!
Rachel Olsson, Volunteer Midwife and Gardner, MHI birth clinic