Saturday, April 9, 2011

Herbal Remedies from Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians used a wide variety of herbs medicinally. Here's a list of some well-known herbs and their ancient medicinal uses:

Garlic was believed to provide vitality, soothe flatulence and allow digestion.
Onions  prevent colds and act as a diuretic.
Honey and milk were used for the respiratory system as well as throat irritations.
[I would guess this would be cultured milk such as yogurt or rayeb.]
Honey, a natural antibiotic, was also used to dress wounds.
Dill was used to soothe flatulence [and] also for its laxative and diuretic properties.
Aloe vera was used to treat worms, relieve headaches, [and] soothe chest pains, burns, ulcers and skin diseases.
Camphor tree was used to reduce fever, soothe gums, and treat epilepsy.
Parsley was used as a diuretic.
Mint was used to soothe flatulence, aid digestion and as a breath freshener.
Sesame was used to soothe asthma.
Thyme was also used as a pain reliever.
[Quoted from Horus, the magazine of Egyptair, March 2011, p. 24.]

The ancient Egyptians used many other herbs whose English or botanical names have not yet been identified.
It sounds as if the ancient Egyptians, like us, had lots of digestive problems!

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