“Let food be thy medicine.” – Hippocrates
You’d be surprised how your knowledge of natural healing medicines can benefit from the wisdom of our ancient ancestors. Herbal medicine has been in use since at least the Paleolithic period. Archaeologists working in northern Iraq, for example, found a selection of plant pollen from mallows, grape hyacinth, ephedra, yarrow, groundsel and knapweed, plants they believe were used 60,000 years ago by Neanderthals for medicinal purposes. But herbal medicine continued to evolve.
Much later, about 3000-5000 years ago, some of the first written records related to herbal medicine came into existence. These early medicinal herbal records were created by Sumerians and carefully describe the names of 250 plants and 12 recipes for remedies. One example suggests aloe leaf can be used as a laxative.