Palu di lele (Randia Aculeata) is a shrub that grows four meters high. The trunk is smooth and has a gray color. Two or three twigs stand in horizontal wreath around the trunk. The thick sharp thorns face each other in pairs or also in triple wreaths. The glossy leaves have few stems and are usually opposite of each other in groups. The white or green-yellow flowers have a short stem and stand alone or in groups. The palu di lele is almost bare in the dry season. The fruit is spherical and has the size of a shimaruku (Curacao cherry). Lele means stirring and is also used for that. Every woman would get a pal'i funchi (funchi stick), a koko di awa (serving spoon) and a lele (whisk) when getting married.
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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