Yerbe's hole (Ocimum sanctum) has many species. In Curacao we know, among others yerb'e hole blanku, yerb'e hole pretu, yerb'e hole kreina, yerb'e hole anis and other varieties brought from the country of origin. Yerb'e hole (literally translated: herb to smell) is basil. It is an annual herb that you make biennial or multiannual by constantly pruning the new flowers. Getting young plants can be done by planting seeds, but also by cutting. Cut some side branches fairly low of the plant and leave them in a glass with very little water. Roots arrive after four or five days. They can then go into the ground. The different varieties grow in our garden.
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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