February 07, 2015

Kola Nut (Bissy) from Jamaica

Benefits of Kola Nut (Bissy)

Kola nut, which contains high amounts of caffeine, helps fight fatigue and is most commonly used as a central nervous system stimulant that focuses on the cerebrospinal centers. It also contains theobromine, the stimulant in green tea. Kola nut also contains tannins, phenolics, phlobaphens, kola red, betaine, protein, starch, fat, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. The Journal of the American Medical Association advocates the use of kola over other stimulants, because it is not addictive and does not lead to depression.


Kola Nut should be in every home, because of all its attributes. The Kolo nut can be used to make tea or smoothy juices.

In Jamaica, they usually take a small seed and chew it before each meal to promote digestion.

The Bissy powder can be applied to cuts and scrapes to promote fast healing of the skin.

It is also said that the kolonut can be used to take care of fevers, malaria and in cases of dysentery.

The masticated kola nut is used to allay hunger, prevent thirst, open the appetite, and sustain strength; as a stimulant. Kola is also a valuable nerve and heart tonic, and a good general tonic.

Also, if you have the migraine, morning and motion sickness take small doses of the bissy (cola nut) and watch the difference.

Bissy nut has been used to relieve inflammation in disorders such as rheumatism and gout. It has been administered in pneumonia and typhoid fever, when great nervous irritability was present. Also used to treat diarrhoea and as a diuretic.

In Jamaica the kola nut is used as an antidote against poison.

The tannic acid in the kola nuts helps to precipitate a number of toxins in the gut preventing their absorption. Grater the nut and pour on boiling water. Allow to cool, strain, drink. As dried powder 1-3g, two-three times daily, or as tea (1-3g in 15 ml water).

In another Jamaican recipe stems are placed overnight in a glass of clean water. The sap coming out of the base of the stem is then dropped in the eye as an eye drop.


Kirk Pusey
Kirk Pusey