The kalbas di mondi grows in South America and also in Curacao. We distinguish the small calabashes with which we make samba balls and cups for coffee or tea. From the large fruits, we make plates and bowls. The smaller fruits were being used, by the elderly, as rum cups. The men drank their rum from it. All kadushi varieties have the same scientific name (Crescentia cujete). They usually grow low. Sometimes the tree can stand bare, while it is full of calabash fruits. What is also striking is that with young trees the leaves are longer than with the old ones. The flowers are yellow and lilac and open in the evening. Our calabash syrup that we prepare from the ripe calabash is good for the throat and for a cold with mucus.
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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