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pamela
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Hi, many of you know me as a long term poster so I am asking a favor. My husband has nerve damage to his feet and hands. We tried by accident this week some Aloe and DMSO and it actually helped. We were thinking Noni might work better. Does anyone have some on STT or STJ growing nearby that I could come pick?

Thanks!

Pamela

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 9:17 pm
dntw8up
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Sorry Pamela, but I haven't seen any Noni around my place. Also, here's a link with photos for anyone who doesn't know what Noni looks like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noni

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Posted : October 8, 2009 10:35 pm
cheryl96s
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Pamela~ I am almost 100% certain that I saw this plant because I remember thinking to myself "what the heck is that fruit"? I will look around tomorrow and i will let you know. Hope we find some for your husband

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Posted : October 8, 2009 10:38 pm
pamela
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That would be great!

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 11:02 pm
Trade
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You might ask at the farmer's market on the west end. Someone there might be able to help you.

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Posted : October 8, 2009 11:04 pm
meowruff
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I'm on STX and have a HUGE Noni tree. If you're ever over here for a visit, let me know and I'd be happy to share.

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Posted : October 8, 2009 11:06 pm
pamela
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Good idea! I know they have it at Cinnamon Bay. I am going out on the boat tomorrow and will try to get there Saturday but looks like weather (70% of rain) may prohibit the harvesting. I have to take the ferry back to CA (owner taking the boat for the weekend) and not sure I want to be soaking wet to do it 🙂

Any ideas would be great. If any of you know other organic pain relievers we grow here, it would be greatly appreciated. Hubby cannot take pain medications due to some other medical conditions.

Thanks to all!

Pamela

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 11:15 pm
Trade
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There's a phone number at the bottom of this article for the man involved with We Grow Food. He might help.

http://www.virginislandsthisweek.com/featured_articles/men_and_women_of_the_soil_the_estate_bourdeaux_farmers.html

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Posted : October 8, 2009 11:21 pm
pamela
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meowruff,

Seems we were posting at the same time. Thanks! If I can't find it here I'll PM you.

Pamela

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 11:27 pm
Juanita
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Pamela,
Gary is coming over to STT on either the 28th or 29th. Maybe we can hook up with meowruff and he can being you some. Let me know if you are still looking then. How long is it good to travel. I admit ignorance...I thought it was Hawaiian and only came in juice!:@)

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Posted : October 9, 2009 1:02 am
SkysTheLimit
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I recently heard that eating the LOCAL honey helps with allergies. Seems the bees digesting the stuff that causes the allergy really helps.
Anyone else heard this or can you confirm it? It has to be local honey tho.

As for Noni......I seem to remember seeing it sold in a jug. In a juice form like aloe. Can't recall where I saw it tho??

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Posted : October 9, 2009 12:45 pm
aquaponics
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pamela, for your husbands pain, it's worth a try...here's my recipe when you do find the tree. (have you ever handled the fruit??? it is the stinkest fruit you will EVER come across. I mean NASTY!!!)

Fill a glass jar with almost ripe noni fruits, leave the top on loose and set out in the sun. Every few days shake the jar to break up the fruit and release the juice. After a couple weeks the juice is ready. Strain off all the pulp and seeds (wear gloves so the stink doesn't get on you). You are left with brown juice that smells a little, but not as bad as the ripe fruit. This is the juice your husband should drink every day. One or two tablespoons a day either straight if he doesn't mind earthy tasting drinks or mix with OJ. I can't confirm but I have heard remarkable stories of pain relief from folks who also suffer from nerve damage when no other med would help. I usually set out a series of jars so there is always some ready and some "brewing". this juice is said to be antibacterial and antifungal so really doesn't go bad and you can use it on wounds as well.

You should be able to find Noni all over STT. It's all over here in STX. Often times around the beach. I didn't look at the link, but dnt posted a site with a photo. It is very outstanding. For sure the We Grow Food guy can help you find some. I wouldn't pay for it since it grows all over. As a last resort, Juanita said she may be able to bring some over. If you go that route, I can send over some jars full as I have a tree in my yard.

I think the scientific world is still not convinced with the result some claim, but if your husband is in pain i would think it's worth a try.

charlie

noni...aka the starvation fruit, or starvation apple, also painkiller tree...

oh yeah, the leaves are used for external wounds or bruises. often the leaves are lightly heated in a skillet then wrapped around the wound. I've done it many times and it does seem to ease the pain and speed the recovery.

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Posted : October 9, 2009 1:33 pm
cheryl96s
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i KNEW that I had seen that weird fruit before, and now I know where, down at Magens! I was running down there tonight and accidently kicked one that had fallen to the ground, so after I chased it a bit I picked it up to match it to the pic dntw8up posted. Sure enough it is. Ok, so it might be a bit hard to harvest it and all being that it is at Magens!
I have one small, soft one here if you want to meet up with me tomorrow and I can also show you where I found it.

Cheryl

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Posted : October 9, 2009 10:43 pm
aquaponics
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good looking cheryl...they are often found near the ocean. Very distinctive, broad shiny leaves, and nubby fruit. When they ripen they thurn from green to whitish and get really soft and STINKY!

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Posted : October 10, 2009 3:40 pm
pamela
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Cheryl,

I said "sc.......w it" and went sailing yesterday. Just got home and am exhausted. When i go to Magens turn left and go the far end, right?

I'll call you this weekend and we can try out get together again!

thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : October 10, 2009 6:04 pm
cheryl96s
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Pamela~ Good for you! Yes, turn left but dont go all the way to the end. Where the pavillions start park there and walk to the "old" driveway area. I found it right in front of that area. I am going there tonight if you want to meet me there, if not I will look for the tree and try to gather as many as I can. Maybe all the way down the left side by the trail there may be more?

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Posted : October 10, 2009 6:24 pm
LoriSue
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Thanks for posting this.....I have extensive neurological damage and would love to look into this a little more. I had never heard of it...Thanks for the lead...

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Posted : October 10, 2009 11:43 pm
pamela
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LoriSue,

I will keep you posted. We used an old aloe plant in the front yard, applied the jelly to his feet and then used DMSO. It turned his feet a horrible purple color but it did offer a noticeable pain relief almost immediately which led us to think about Noni. In addition to making the juice to drink we are going to try to make a salve concoction and apply directly to his feet to see if this works.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Pamela

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Topic starter Posted : October 11, 2009 12:06 am
LoriSue
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Pamela, do let me know how it turns out. My nerve damage isn't confined to my hands and feet, the nerves that control my digestion, blood pressure and heart rate are also damaged and, as you can imagine, cause me problems that make my quality of life less than desirable and horribly complicated so it would great if there was something out there that could provide at least a little relief (even if only for a few moments)
Thanks

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Posted : October 11, 2009 1:31 am
newarrival
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I lived in a hippie commune in Kauai one winter (farming organic lettuce and ginger) and we used noni for everything. I got this weird infected cut on my foot, and everyone told me it was staph (which I didn't know anything about) and of course prescribed NONI for it. I got up a half hour early every morning and drank a glass of noni juice (prepared just like acquaponics described) and then I put gooshy wet noni on my cut and after a couple of weeks my cut was WORSE. Getting puffy, etc. Finally I went to the doctor, and said I am a hippie with no money but everyone tells me I have a staph infection on my foot and of course they said, come in and we'll see you right away.

The doctor looked at my foot and I don't think he charged me anything but he prescribed me a ... band-aid! "Your wound will heal as soon as it dries out," he told me. It was something like an A-HA moment, as we call them in education!

I know noni can be good for lots of things (they also sell it dried as a fruit leather type thing in some natural food stores, but maybe not down here) but when I hear about it, it brings back memories of being a total moron! I did grow to like the taste of the juice, even if it smells like sweaty feet.

Good luck with treating your pain.

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Posted : October 12, 2009 10:47 pm
pamela
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LMAO!

Pamela

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Topic starter Posted : October 12, 2009 11:16 pm
fdr
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On STJ, there are definitely a couple of trees at Cinnamon Bay, and also a few at Peter Bay on the beach (if you boat or swim over from Cinnamon; it's private property to approach by land). I had a couple pieces of the fruit in my fridge all last month (I drew them & threw them out when they started to smell even worse than they do when ripe) -- wish I'd known you needed it!

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Posted : October 13, 2009 11:37 am
mminstx
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Never noticed it until this thread, but they sell Noni juice in the pharmacy section at Plaza East on St. Croix

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Posted : October 20, 2009 12:59 am
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