When I visited our hillside today, it was green, the air was fresh, and cerasee vines were growing everywhere. The cerasee vine was like a ground cover, spreading over the rocks and reaching up into the trees. The cerasee (Momordica Charantia), is a bitter herb that is used to make herbal baths. It is popularly used in Jamaica to make a herbal tea that is used for purifying the blood and keeping the skin clean and spotless.
In Jamaica, the story is told of a dark-skinned man inquiring about the light, fair skin of his new born child. The dark-skinned mother simply replied that it was the result of drinking so much cerasee tea during her pregnancy. Yes! it is even said that pregnant women who drink cerasee tea regularly will give birth to a fair-skinned child; but this is just an old wives’ tale, and of course, that baby was a “jacket” (i.e. it was not the child for that man).
A word of precaution: women who are pregnant or nursing should consult their doctor before using this herb.Cerasee is used for treating a host of conditions and is good for fevers and for preventing colds and flu. It is also used for colic, digestive disorders, and ulcers.
The cersasee bath is good for joint ailments and for healing skin conditions such as sores, psoriasis, and scabies. The ripe cerasee fruit has been found to have the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer caused by chemicals.