Category Archives: Medicinal Herbs

Stories about the medicinal herbs of Sinai and Bedouin medicine

Sakaran سكران

The Bedouin are wary of this plant but will smoke it with tobacco if they need to relieve the symptoms of asthma. Clever grazing animals eat it early in the season but avoid it later. For Sakaran is a toxic … Continue reading

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Mardaqoush مردقوش

Salvia has an ingenious device to harness bees to the purpose of cross pollination. As the bee alights on the landing pad of the lower petal and pokes inside the flower in search of nectar, its head buts against a plate … Continue reading

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Libbeid لبيد

Eng: Yellow Gromwell / Lat: Alkanna orientalis Like other members of the Borage family, Libbeid produces enormous quantities of nectar which encourages intense foraging by bees and effective cross pollination. Children are also attracted and like to pluck the flowers and … Continue reading

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Mirr مر

Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide which attacks the nervous system of insects causing paralysis and death. While many insecticides have been promoted with initial enthusiasm only to be withdrawn later after wreaking havoc with the food chain, pyrethrum has continued … Continue reading

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Qaysoum قيصوم

Species of Achillea contain alkaloids for defending themselves against insects and herbivores. The fresh plants can therefore be hung in a room while still aromatic to repel  insects.   Herbivores, however, have developed foraging strategies to avoid the toxic alkaloids: … Continue reading

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