A decorative tree that can easily reach a height of 10 meters. The scientific name is Delonix regia raf. The tree comes from Madagascar and has been planted as an ornamental tree in the tropics since the nineteenth century. The trunk is smooth and has a gray color. The crown forms a spectacular parasol. The large, bright green leaves are two-fold and give movement to this impressive mass. The flowers usually appear at the same time as the new leaves at the end of the dry season. They are orange-red to scarlet red. The ripe fruits are brown-black, flattened hanging, wooden, mostly slightly curved large legumes with transverse ribs. They linger until the next flowering season. When beaten the pod against the thighs, the beans that dry in the pod, produce a sound like that of a maraka (samba ball).
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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