Medicinal Herbs From African Traditions

  • Herb Properties
  • Herbs Alphabetical by Common Name

  • See List Herbs by Botanical Name

The ancient African healers had an elaborate materia medica, most of the over 5,000 plant species have been used for food and medicine for centuries. The traditions of Africa have not been documented nearly as well as the cultures of India and China, leaving African medicinal plant species underrepresented in modern herbal medicine. Valuable species are in danger of being lost to deforestation before we ever come to understand them, and some such as Pygeum have become an endangered species because of the high demand. Hopefully we will find the wisdom to preserve this ancient and immensely valuable resource for the Earths children.