Egyptians had used a variety of herbs in their medicines. These included frankincense, fennel, linseed, castor oil, aloe, senna, henna, myrrh, thyme, among others. Ancient Egyptians consumed a lot of garlic and onions for their belief that they treat problems of the respiratory and digestive systems, respectively; this was exemplified by the presence of garlic cloves in Tutankhamen’s tomb. In addition, honey, milk, and egg were used in preparing drugs. Herbs were added to wine to macerate and then drank as medicine. They used minerals and all plant organs as leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, and fruits; applying them in various pharmaceutical forms like creams, pastes, lotions, teas, and drops. Nada M. Mostafa and Abdel Nasser Singab – Prospective of Herbal Medicine in Egypt
Innovation, mysteries, and practices of Ancient Egypt have benefited our society today in more ways than the sharing of historical artifacts and creating movie monsters. Egyptian herbalism has given relief to dozens of modern-day ailments and the discoveries of Egyptian priests and doctors thousands of years ago have helped many of us today lead healthy lives.
The 65-page Ebers papyrus, which documents about 1000 years of Ancient Egyptian medical knowledge comes with about 876 herbal remedies from over 500 different plants. Of these, a staggering 1/3 is applicable and still used today. For example, the ancient Egyptians used to bandage moldy bread on wounds. Antibiotics like the penicillin, of course, are based on mold.
Two of the most important plants to the Ancient Egyptians would definitely have to be onion and garlic. They believed these plants strengthened the body’s natural defenses and strengthened it against the ravages of disease. Though we know the healthy uses of garlic today, we never revered it quite as much as the Ancient Egyptians did, who was called the ‘stinky ones’ by the Greek historian Herodotus. Garlic in particular was so important that cloves of it were buried with kings.
I truly believe we can achieve the same herbal enlightenment at this time, we just need to know more about the herbs around us and how to use them to our personal benefit.
The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies
You’ll find 800+ beneficial plants and remedies in “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies”. It includes recipes of tinctures, teas, decoctions, essential oils, syrups, salves, poultices, infusions and many other natural remedies that our grandparents used for centuries. What’s also special about this book is that it has between 2 and 4 high definition, color pictures for each plant and detailed identification guidelines to make sure you’ve got the right plant.