The winter cruising season is in full swing with the cold fronts rolling through, which provides cooler and occasionally windy weather with plenty of activities for the boating community. With the colder weather and the increased travel, however, we can run into cold and flu season. But one thing that is readily in use in the Bahamas is bush medicine––natural remedies for colds, flu and other maladies––proving why many Bahamians rely on their local plants for health and wellness instead of over-the-counter drugs.
It’s also Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, which is a perfect time to learn about Bahamian love potions and aphrodisiacs. The holiday began as a day to celebrate Saint Valentus, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who in 269AD were forbidden to marry. The day became associated with romantic love in the time of Chaucer and evolved into a day where loved ones express their love for each other with flowers or sweets. The holiday is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. In The Bahamas as in the U.S., chocolates and flowers are given to loved ones, but adding a love tonic made from Bahamian Bush medicine to the mix is a creative yet practical gift.