Jamaican roots drink and tonics have long been a part of our traditional 'grassroot' culture. 'Roots' as they are called, are said to solve many medical problems- and may even cure them!
Generally though, when 'roots' is spoken of, it tends to be more aligned to the enhancement of sexual performance.
Every now and then when I pass a shelf with these products in the supermarket, I tend to smile- and even make a giggle- they come with some very exotic and appealing names, and pictures!
The names of the different products uniquely describe their uses. 'Higher Level', is a roots that is said to give stamina and increase sperm count. 'Front End Lifter', is a natural 'vitalizer' and 'Tear Dun Fence', is quite self-explanatory.
Generally though, most are truly good products.
Some of the roots that are said to go into making these tonics carry a range of striking names including, chainy root, sarsaparilla, strong back,tan pan rock, hug mi tight, search mi heart, dandelion, jacky mi saddle, blood wist, snake wist, raw moon, baceda park, coconut root, banana roots, cherry bark, chew stick, pimento bark and medena.
Other popular Jamaican roots drink includes:
- BABA Roots
- Zion Organic Roots
- Pump It Up
- Mr. Vigorous Roots Tonic
- Allman Strength &
- The Priestly Order Roots Wine
Many Jamaicans swear by their roots tonic and while some medical doctors acknowledge the benefits of some of these roots, others caution against the wanton use of roots that have not been researched for their effect on human bodies.
However, with science now coming to terms with traditional beliefs of the healing abilities of roots and herbs, a new global market known as nutriceutical market is steadily gaining momentum.
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