Peperomia Pellucida (also known by common names Shiny Bush, pepper elder, and man to man) is a common fleshy annual herb that is both compact and easy to grow. At home we use Shiny Bush as a cooling then we "purge" after. Almost every Caribbean islander should be familiar with this remedy. I do enjoy the herb in salads.
Shiny Bush can grow wild but also grown as ornamental foliage. The plant can survive year-round outdoors. Since it grows slowly, it is a good choice for indoor plants as well.
When planting, take into consideration the size of the pot; you may need to to use a bigger pot until the plant has become heavily root-bound.
Shiny Bush needs a light, airy potting soil to ensure that the roots receive sufficient oxygen. When choosing a pot ensure that there are drain holes in the bottom. Never over water Shiny Bush.
The entire plant is edible and consumed cooked or raw; The leaves and stems eaten as vegetables and make a great salad. Succulent!
Shiny Bush is widely used as folkloric herbal medicine throughout the tropics. it is anti-inflammatory. A solution of the fresh juice of the stem and leaves is used against eye inflammation (conjunctivitis).
The aerial parts are applied against abdominal pain, abscesses, acne, rheumatic pain, gout, headache, kidney-problems, cardiac arrhythmia and fatigue.
The leaves are used in a decoction to treat cough, fever and common cold, and are eaten fresh to treat headache, sore throat and kidney and prostate problems, and also against high blood pressure.
Shiny Bush herbal teas can treat gout, arthritis, acne, diarrhea, hypertension, colds and coughs, and sore.
Take a handful of leaves and stems of Shiny Bush, and boil with 2 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes. You can drink it a glass 3 times a day.
Lactating women or abreastfeedingmother and pregnant women should not take or use Shiny Bush.
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