- Talked with my abuela today she taught me about all the main taino plants, here is one more ill make a separate post for every 2 plants
Tobaku (tobacco) pronounced toh-bah-KOO: (First 2 pics) Taino plant used to roll up and smoke a cohiba (cigar)pronounced koh-HE-bah.
For home remedies for nasal congestion, you put the tobaku leaf on the stove, add sour orange peels on top, then add some nutmeg and vaporub inside and tie it to your forehead, when you remove it it will get rid of all your congestion and mucus, ALL OF IT, to the point where sometimes my grandma would get a nosebleed from how strong it was.
Tobaku leaf is also chewed to alleviate pain in molars of the teeth
Arbol de Guayacán/Wayakan (guayacan tree) pronounced gwah-ja-KAHN: (next 2 pics) Taino tree from which its wood was used to make furniture such as dining tables, chairs, coffee tables and couches, but people in the campo dont like to use it as much anymore because of how heavy it is. The Guayacan tree also releases a resin that then traps insects and hardens into amber (5th pic), so amber jewelry is really common in dominican markets on the island as it comes from the tree. Wood from the guayacan is also used to make molteros (mortars and pestles, 6th pic) which are sold on highways of rural DR where my family is from and anywhere else where caribbean goods are sold. Mortars and pestles are originally west African, but when the spanish enslaved africans and brought them to what is now DR, the Taino then made their own version out of guayacan wood because its very durable. #botany #botanismo #botanica #native #nativeamerican #nativamericana #taino #kiskeya #africa #dominican #dominicana #latina #latino #latinx #decolonize #nature #tobacco #cohiba #cigar #guayacan #tree #amber #jewelry #joyeria