Is a biennial plant that grows 60 centimeters to a meter high. It is native to the rainforests of the Amazon, grows in Africa and in many areas in tropical America. The plant was introduced on Curacao by the Spanish-speaking population for numerous medicinal purposes and is mainly used for spiritual baths in neighboring countries. The plant does not grow well in sunny places. It does grow in dense places and under shady trees it becomes a dense thicket. Narrow ferns with hooks emerge from the armpits of the stems. The whole plant has a garlic smell and is therefore called mapurite in Spanish; not to be confused with our plant Mampuritu (Porophyllum macrocephalum). Mapurite is an animal with a garlic odor.
The use of herbs and their medicinal effect goes back to the very beginning of our history.
The earliest civilizations already used plants instinctively for both nutrition and healing. Also, the ancient Egyptians practiced herbal medicine - at a particularly high level. The Jewish people know clergymen who heal people with herbs. Around 460 BC, the father of medicine, Hypocrates, works in Greece. The Romans use herbs and flowers in various ways. In China, herbal systems have traditionally been developed for therapies. Native American Shamans and indigenous African cultures use herbs for healing and rituals.
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