Herbalism is the study of botany and the use of medicinal plants. Herbal remedies date back to the Paleolithic Age, which is approximately 60,000 years ago. There is archaeological evidence which proves that many ancient cultures depended on these herbal remedies and documented them in books called ‘Herbals’.
I am sure we all have elders in our families who share the remedies taught to them by their elders and some even trusting in them more than modern medicine. Growing up, there was a strict routine in my family: the ‘before-school-starts’ senna pod tea, the ‘Wonder of the world leaf extract’ for ENT (ears, nose and throat) infections and most popular, the ‘Fever grass’ sickness cure.
I often recall my sister, cousins and I hiding from our parents dreading the taste but there was no escape!