Herbs of Belize: 5 Health Benefits of Cerasee

On a recent trip to the local grocery store, I saw a tea package that said “cerasee”. I stared at it for a good minute before I realized that it was and immediately my face squirmed from pure memory; remembering the harsh bitterness and awful taste in every sip. Unlike the other sweeter herbs and teas that I drink, cerasee provides stronger and bolder health benefits.

Cerasee (momo rdica charantia), a Caribbean bush tea feared by everyone because of its degree of bitterness, is believed to be a blood cleanser. Cerasee is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. It was introduced to Brazil by African slaves and from there cerasee spread to the rest of Latin America and the West Indies.

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cerasee plant

Top 5 Health Benefits of Cerasee

  1. Cure of abdominal pains.
  2. Liver problems, as a tonic, and as a blood and body cleanser.
  3. This herb has detoxifying properties and is used as a wash out to purge the body.
  4. Treat skin ailments such as rashes, atopic dermatitis (eczema), sores, and naturally to give your skin a cleaner more refined look.
  5. Very effective in relieving constipation, fevers and colds in children.
  6. The tea decreases menstrual cramps can also treat urinary tract infections.

You can also purchase this medicinal herb in supermarkets. It is dried and sold in plastic wraps or sold as tea bags. This bitter herb can also be steamed like a vegetable if it is too difficult for you to consume it as a tea.

How to prepare cerasee tea:

A small bundle of the leaves with vines and some ginger, boiled to make a tea with a little sugar or honey added mellows out the taste. Some people like it better without any sweetener, which is in fact the best way.

Note: Cerasee is such a potent herb that can only be taken in 7 days at a time with a break of 3 or 4 days to avoid liver damage.

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About the Author:

Giesel was born and raised in Dangriga Town in Belize, Central America and is now a Houston, Texas based yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and nutrition, and self-acceptance.

On her journey to share her passions through yoga, Giesel incorporates her Garifuna and Creole culture, yoga philosophy, and awareness to attain self-love.

Giesel specializes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, which is a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention.

She is a registered member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.

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