Trails

Medicinal Trail

The medicinal trail exhibits the plants used in traditional folklore medicine by the people of The Bahamas. This practice, termed Bush medicine, involves the brewing of roots, bark and leaves of particular plants and trees to make beverages (commonly called teas). This tea making tradition was passed down from generation to generation and the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is dedicated to preserving this traditional knowledge. Over 200 plant species are used for medicinal purposes in The Bahamas, to reduce anxiety, restore appetite, relieve respiratory infections, increase sexual vitality, and treat asthma and skin allergies. 

This trail is organized by ailment, featuring specimen trees and plants that are used in the treatment of a particular illness. It is a must for anyone interested in homeopathic medicine and ethnobotany.


Browse the plants found in this area below.

 MEDICINAL PLANT AREA

DERMATOLOGICAL USES
59 Milky Weed Euphorbia mesembrianthemifolia
60 Cough Bush Neurolaena lobata
61 Shephard's Needle Bidens alba
62 White Sage Lantana involucrata
63 Bahama Sage Lantana bahamensis
64 Bahama Buttercup Turnera ulmifolia
65 Aloe Aloe vera
66 Scurgeons needle Opuntia cochenillifera
67 Short-leaved Fig Ficus citrifolia
68 Sword Bush Phyllanthus epiphyllanthus
69 Obeah Bush Stemodia maritima
70 Blue Flower Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
71 Bahama Senna Cassia chapmanii
72 Bay Geranium Ambrosia hispida
PAIN RELIEF
5 Lignum Vitae Guaiacum sanctum
23 Horse Bush Gundlachia corymbosa
34 Silver Top Palm Coccothrinax argentata
70 Blue Flower Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
73 Thatch Palm Thrinax morrisii
74 Strong Back Bourreria succulenta
75 Mahogany Swietenia mahagoni
76 Jack-Ma-Da Koanophyllon villosum
77 Life Leaf Kalanchoe pinnata

INFANT CARE
76 Jack-Ma-Da Koanophyllon villosum
78 Catnip Salvia serotina
79 Dill Antheum gravelons
BUSH TEAS AND TONICS
2 Rufous Orchid Encyclia rufa
4 Pigeon Plum Coccoloba diversifolia
5 Lignum Vitae Guaiacum sanctum
35 Gum Elemi Bursera simaruba
68 Sword Bush Phyllanthus epiphyllanthus
74 Strong Back Bourreria succulenta
75 Mahogany Swietenia mahagoni
77 Life Leaf Kalanchoe pinnata
80 Snakeroot Picramnia pentandra
81 Pissabed Vallesia antillana
82 Sweet Margaret Psidium longipes
83 Lemon Grass Cymbopogon flexuosus
84 Iron Wood Krugioidendron ferreum
85 Wild Lime Zanthoxylum fagara 
86 Brasiletto Caesalpinia vesicaria
87 Snow Berry Chiococca alba
88 Wild Dilly Manilkara bahamensis 
89 Feather Bed Diospyros crassinervis
COLD AND FLU REMIDIES
60 Cough Bush Neurolaena lobata
61 Shephard's Needle Bidens alba
70 Blue Flower Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
69 Obeah Bush Stemodia maritima
72 Bay Geranium Ambrosia hispida
83 Lemon Grass Cymbopogon flexuosus
77 Life Leaf Kalanchoe pinnata
90 White Torch Amyris elemifera
91 Mexican Poppy Argemone mexicana
92 Goat weed Capraria biflora
93 Wooley Booger Corchorus hirsutus

OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
66 Scurgeons needle Opuntia cochenillifera
68 Sword Bush Phyllanthus epiphyllanthus
94 Cancer Tree Jacaranda coerulea
GASTROINTESTINAL REMIDIES
65 Aloe Aloe vera
68 Sword Bush Phyllanthus epiphyllanthus
70 Blue Flower Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
71 Bahama Senna Cassia chapmanii
72 Bay Geranium Ambrosia hispida
73 Thatch Palm Thrinax morrisii
76 Jack-Ma-Da Koanophyllon villosum
80 Snakeroot Picramnia pentandra
95 Crabwood Ateramnus lucidus
96 Sea Grape Coccoloba uvifera
97 Cascarilla Croton eluteria
98 White Stopper Eugenia axillaris
99 Princewood Exostema caribaeum
100 Naked Wood Myrcianthes fragrans
101 Vanilla Orchid Vanilla barbellata
POISONOUS PLANTS
102 Castor Bean Ricinus communis
103 Young Manchineel Grimmeodendron eglandulosum
104 Manchineel Hippomane mancinella
60 Poison Wood Metopium toxiferum

RESPIRATORY AILMENTS
27 Bay Lily Hymenocallis arenicola
60 Cough Bush Neurolaena lobata
77 Life Leaf Kalanchoe pinnata
98 White Stopper Eugenia axillaris

CIRCULATION REMIDIES
67 Short-leaved Fig Ficus citrifolia
70 Blue Flower Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
75 Mahogany Swietenia mahagoni
76 Jack-Ma-Da Koanophyllon villosum
80 Snakeroot Picramnia pentandra
106 Satin Leaf Chrysophyllum oliviforme
107 Golden Fig Ficus aurea
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