Nigerian Herbs Medical Uses And Health Benefits.
In this post, we are going to discuss popular Nigerian herbs, both Igbo herbal medicine, Hausa herbal medicine and Yoruba herbal medicine.
Herbs are medicinal plants, whose roots, leaves, stem or seeds can be used for medicinal purposes.
Although you might not know it, herbs have played an important role in our overall health and well-being. In the ancient times, herbs were used for a lot of medicinal purposes, and by people of different cultures.
Importance of Nigerian medicinal herbs
Here are some few reasons why medicinal herbs are essential:
Local Nigerian herbs and their health benefits.
• It is scientifically known that this plant has a lot of antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Aloe Vera is a very popular herb and a common medicinal plant in Nigeria. It is widely known to have wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses.
• Aloe Vera contains substances that inhibit inflammation.
Ringworm plant, scientifically known as Senna alata, or cassia alata is an important medicinal tree, as well as an ornamental flowering plant.
Health benefits and medical uses of Senna Alata
• It has anti-fungal properties and is used to treat a number of skin infections, including ringworms as you would guess.
Dracaena arboreais a specie of Dracaena, commonly known as dragon tree. It is an elegant ornamental tree that grows up to 20m tall with deep green thick leaves. And is locally known as peregun in yoruba, and odo in Igbo.
It is found in semi arid deserts and are tropical perennials.
• Dracaena arborea is medically known to be useful in the treatment of diabetes-induced testicular dysfunction.
The botanical name of cashew nut tree is Anacardiumoccidentale. It is a tropical tree of 12 m high that produces cashew seed and cashew apple. The cashew seeds are used in snacking.
Fact: Nigeria was the second largest producer of cashew nuts in 2013.
The bark, seeds and twigs are used for medicinal purposes.
• The twigs of the tree is used as chewing stick that helps with mouth thrush, sore gums and toothache.
The scientific name is AistoniabooneiDe Wild. It is also called cheese wood or pattern wood. In Nigeria, however, it is locally called ahun in Yoruba and egbuora in Igbo. This is another popular medicinal plant in Nigeria.
It is a tall forest tree, that grows up to 45 metres tall. The leaves are borne in whorls at the nodes, the leaf shape is oblanceolate. The bark is grayish-green or grey and rough.
• It is widely used as a febrifuge, for fever.
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