The scientific name is Lippia alba Mill. It is a cultivated plant from the Verbena family. The leaf seems coarse, but if you brush your hands over it, it appears that this is not the case. The top of the leaves are dark green and the bottom has a gray-green color. The leaves are opposite of each other, have a short stem and are oval in shape. The light lilac flowers are in the cavity of the leaves. The smell is somewhat like lemongrass. We use the leaves for stomach complaints. In Curaçao people often make the mistake of confusing this plant with the Western oregano (Origanum vulgare), also called majoraan, which is a completely different herb. Therefore, people also mistake with the medicinal effects.
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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