Sentebibu is native. It is often not known that it is the well-known Aloë Vera. It is a beautiful plant that can withstand drought very well. When it rains, the leaves are thick and full of juice. They grow in the form of a rosette. Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire used to have plantations with sentebibu. After three years the thick leaves were cut off and the heart was left behind so that the plant could continue to grow. The oil of the cut leaves were being drained in specially made bins. The cooled off oil becomes hard as a lump. This was transported in boxes or pieces of fabric (later in pita bags) and transported to America by ship. We prepare the Aloë oil and the ointment for healthy skin.
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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