The cornerstone of Caribbean Botanical Medicine is tea. "Bush Tea" and tea represents in many ways a staple in the Caribbean diet. It's the way to start the day, its something bitter before you eat. "Drink bitter tea and eat an orange". It represents something hot before going to school or coming home from work. It is not known when the integration tea occurred in the Caribbean diet, we are aware however that tea is said to originate in China, but we have no way of knowing when the infusion of bush and water occurred for the African. We know that many cultures have used leaves, bark, and roots to make many beverages and for the former slave this represented a formula of healing.
Oral traditions and Oral History practices have diminished in the post-colonial Caribbean culture and many remedies have been lost for more western practices. Do you believe it is appropriate for the African (anyone of African heritage) to practice cultural appropriation?