The stall seller in the market. First stall on the right, as you enter the market from the intersection told me she gets it from Guatemala. From that tidbit of information, I presume JAMAICAN ROSE, medicinal dried flowers are not produced by anybody in Belize? SORREL is the name of the flower and it is of the hibiscus family.
I'm taking the Sorrel, or Jamaican rose, because Dr. Gordy told me my blood pressure was too high. With sistolic pressure of 190, when it should be 140. I've always had high blood pressure, so I regard that as normal. Pills I will not take for it, but Sorrel dried flower leaves as a tea, is okay by me. Can't hurt I wouldn't think? I like the laxative aspects as well. Wife needs it, must remember to tell her, it works on kidney stones, a recurring problem for her.
Mary Susan Loan of Cristo Rey in the foothills of the Belize Alps wrote a very nice article on SORREL for the Ag Report magazine, a quarterly. It is in the May-June Issue No. 17. I believe it can be found online.
Sorrel is rich in antioxidents, vitamins, has 18 out of 25 amino acids. Mild laxative, helpful for nervous disorders, and excellent for liver, bladder and kidney problems. An excellent proven record of lowering blood pressure. An immune booster ( as antioxidants for sure ), blood cleaner of dead cell accumulated garbage, fights cancer well. All the parts of the SORREL plant are useful.
Soon as I see some, we are going to start using it at home. Usually sells for $2 bz a pound in season.