St. Lucia became independent from Great Britain in 1979, but it was the subject of constant struggles between the French and the English until 1816, which became part of the British crown. It is a curious French-British-African mixture: the population of about 150,000 inhabitants is mainly of African origin; they have English as an official language but the street speaks of "patois", a dialectal variant of French; they drive on the left but are Catholic and many have Gaelic surnames.
In Saint Lucia everything is close. From Castries, the capital, or from Rodney Bay, which is the tourist area par excellence, you can make excursions of a few hours without exhausting. Bear in mind that the island is 43 km long by 22 km wide and a single road, yes, full of curves. That's why the best advice is to stop at the numerous viewpoints and beaches such as Gros Islet or Reduit Beach, undoubtedly two of the best beaches. And, of course, it is inexcusable to climb the Pitons Mountains, two volcanic cones that are the symbol of this small Caribbean nation. In fact, they are represented on their national flag.
The Moringa, the tree of life
Walking along the trails of Santa Lucia, plagued with lush trees with pineapples, mangoes and other tropical fruits, we came across strange, exotic, unique plants that we had never seen before. We had arrived at the moringa plantation created by Jarka Bartos and her husband, Milan Bartos. From being mere tourists in St. Lucia, these Slovak entrepreneurs have become ambassadors for Moringa's many uses and medical and therapeutic properties: it reduces the symptoms of asthma or Chron's disease, prevents influenza and colds, decreases the level of sugar so it favors diabetics, is anti-inflammatory or boosts the defenses of people with stress or who get tired easily.
The moringa is collected and manufactured in the same island of Santa Lucia, following strict controls and quality protocols that have been brought from Germany, Austria and Slovakia to ensure that the moringa powder contains neither fungi nor bacteria. It is then shipped to Europe and marketed worldwide through Moringa Caribbean. Citing Dr. Noel Vietmeyer of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Jarka Bartos states that "the moringa will become one of the most appreciated plants on the planet." However, it also warned us of "smoke sellers", that is, those who present the moringa as a kind of homeopathy, ensuring that it can cure everything. Although its healing properties are not worth for all diseases, the moringa possesses an enormous amount of antioxidants and active principles.
Enjoying the beautiful tropical island of St. Lucia is a trip that will be hard to forget. In addition, if the moringa we started taking helps us improve our health, the reward will be double.