Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Kerosene Oil in Jamaican Folk Medicine


" Fire is a good servant but a bad master" this same expression could be used to describe kerosene oil in Jamaican folk medicine. Besides cooking, kerosene oil has its place in the sphere of home remedies. Many of our fore-parents believed that it possessed healing properties.

Ways in which Kerosene oil was used:
As a remedy for coughing
Kerosene Oil was used to heal a bad cough. It would be gently warmed and used to rub the chest and mid back region. It was said that the coughing would cease almost immediately.

Stomach Ache
Again, the kerosene oil would be gently warmed and used to rub the stomach.

To remove prickles, bottles or any other debris that would be lodged under the skin, particularly the feet.


A small amount of the green banana would be scraped and put inside the skin of the banana. The Kerosene oil would be gently warmed and drizzled on to the preparation and mixed. The next step was to tie the remedy to the area and leave it over night to pull out the foreign material.



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