H˛slit (Coleus amboinicus Lour) is an herb that we from the Caribbean love when preparing our food because the food then gets a distinct taste. Hoslit is probably from Madagascar. On the windward islands, it grows wild and blooms. However, it is strange that it doesn't bloom on Curašao, Aruba or Bonaire. Here on Curacao it does not grow in the wild, but it is planted in the garden. The leaves are thick, egg-shaped and have hair on both sides of the leaves. During our tours in the garden, we let the guests feel, smell, and crush the leaves so that they can see how much moisture a leaf contains. We prepare ear drops from this moisture.
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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