Translated: "black broom". The scientific name is Cordia cylindrostachya. It is an herb with a very pungent odor. Once you have smelled it, you will never forget the scent. Perhaps it is because of the black branches that the herb is called basora pretu. The leaves are dark green and feel rough. The plant blooms small white flowers and subsequently produces a red berry. This berry is edible. It used to be customary for the midwife to use a steam bath with basora pretu mixed with a number of other herbs after the birth. A board was placed horizontally on the tub with the moisture in it to be able to sit on it so that the water damp could be felt. These old customs are coming back again.
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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