A guide for the enhancement of human health and wellness dating back to days when there were no hospitals and man depended on Mother Nature, the great healer.
Emanuel Alexander is the Project Manager at Bon Nouvel. A firm believer in the benefits of organic farming and eco-tourism, and in the gifts of nature, he is a herbalist, consulted and respected within the community.
Did you know
that some 75% of medicines prescribed by doctors are derived from herbs growing in rainforest areas? Some people have only ever relied on natural ways of treating sickness and disease. Here are some of the plants and herbs they have used.
Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago Major)
Herbalists give plantain leaves for catarrh, cystitis and hemorrhoids. Chinese physicians use plantain for urinary tract conditions. Ispaghula seeds are prescribed for chronic constipation and diarrhoea in Indian and orthodox medicine.
German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
The flowers are used by herbalists and homeopaths for many conditions, ranging from a nervous stomach and anxiety to teething and menstrual cramps. Chamomile is applied externally for eczema and itchy skin.
The mucilage is applied externally to soothe the skin, so it’s good for treating sunburn. The juice, which is usually concentrated into solid form and then powdered, is taken internally as a purgative.
Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum)
Valued by Nicholas Culpeper, the 17th century botanist, for stomach, kidney and menstrual problems, parsley leaves, roots and seeds are still used by herbalists
for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, poor digestion and rheumatic complaints.
Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
The rind of the pomegranate fruit, and the bark of its tree, are a pre-biblical remedy. They are prescribed by herbalists to treat intestinal worms and against amoebae. The bark is used against tapeworm and as a vaginal douche.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
A key Mediterranean herb, the leaves are used by herbalists for skin diseases, migraines, depression and dandruff.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis)
Ginger root, used medicinally since the ancient Greeks, is a worldwide herbal remedy. It is given for poor peripheral (local) circulation, lung infections, indigestion, flatulence and motion sickness.
(Rosa Canina) The hips of the dog rose are a rich source of vitamin C and are given by herbalists for colds and debility. They are also used to treat mild diarrhoea and stomach upsets. Rose petals from other Rosa species are used in rosewater to soothe the skin.
Flowering thyme is one of the oldest herbal remedies. It is given for coughs, bronchitis and indigestion. A natural antiseptic, it is also used as a gargle for throat infections and as an infusion to disinfect wounds.
Rocket leaves are a popular salad ingredient, having a sharp, peppery taste. They have been used medicinally since Roman times and are given by herbalists to help digestion and support the body’s lymphatic system.