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Discovering nature’s pharmacy

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Have you ever had the ill-fortune of getting wounded or feeling sick in the most unlikeliest of places, and was at a loss how to cope? TONY MATHIOT, on behalf of the National Heritage Research and Protection Section, offers some examples when a little peasant knowledge can really help. 1917…The two women walk down the mountain trail. The footpath is ...

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The virtues of a warm herbal bath

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Many of our plants that form part of our luxuriant flora have revealed their secrets for healing to our ancestors. Tony Mathiot, on behalf of the National Heritage Research and Protection Section, tells us about some of them which our great grandparents used to cure fever. We live today in an age where there is a pill, a medicine, a ...

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6 medicinal plants to cure what ails you in Seychelles

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While modern medicines are readily available in many countries today, this was not the case in the past. In Seychelles in the not-so-distant past the locals had to make do with plants that had medicinal properties. Many of them are still very much used by herbalists and our elders who teach the young about their uses. 1.     Bwa sousouri (Ochrosia parviflora) In the past, it was used ...

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A cup of herbal tea

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The old man takes the roots that he has cut from the herbs and rinses them thoroughly under the tap to get rid of the soil.  Then he puts the roots in an old cooking pan and covers them with water. Closing the tap, he gazes down at the content, shaking the pan a little with short jerky movements, as ...

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The Noni

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Another Seychelles Superfruit By Mma Metsi If ever there was a plant that would pose a challenge it would be the Noni. The benefits of the juice made from its fruits are numerous but it stinks to the high heavens! How is one to swallow past a gag reflex? Mr Ferdinand Vidot, well-known Seychelles herbalist, advises a dash of another ...

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How the humble coconut is making a huge comeback in Seychelles

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From make-up remover, eyelash conditioner and massage oils; it seems that freshly-pressed virgin coconut oil with no chemicals added is the next big thing in beauty products. In an article published on the website of the Daily Mail, celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sadie Frost and model Gisele Bundchen have sung praises about the use of the product that has been ...

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The coconut cure

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Once upon a time, our coconuts were an important source of revenue for our country.  To mark Africa Traditional Medicine day on August 31, TONY MATHIOT, on behalf of the National Heritage Research Section shares some knowledge about the healing powers of our coconut… “A hundred years ago, millions of coconuts were collected annually in our country”. The old man’s ...

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Head: Bred Mouroum

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Blurb: The ‘miracle’ plant of the Seychelles with myriad health benefits  Pull quote: Research shows that the plant can be used to treat any topical infection, be it viral, parasitic or fungal, as it has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  While the Seychellois might not know its scientific name of Moringa oleiferaa, all homes are familiar with the plant as ...

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GRO BONM

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Disclaimer The following information for educational purposes only. The authors are not practitioners and do not give medical advice. It is recommendable to consult your doctor before taking any alternative medicines especially if you are using prescribed medicines.   GRO BONM Vernacular Name:     Gro bonm (Seychelles) Baume (French spk. Countries) Indian Borage (English spk. Countries)          Botanical Name: ...

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SITRONNEL

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Disclaimer The following information for educational purposes only. The authors are not practitioners and do not give medical advice. It is recommendable to consult your doctor before taking any alternative medicines especially if you are using prescribed medicines.   SITRONNEL   Vernacular name:      Sitronnel (Seychelles) Lemon grass (English spk. Countries) Zacate té; Sitwonel (Dominica) Limoncillo (Domonican Rep.)   Botanical ...

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