Growing Medicine

Together, the School of Energy Farming and the Total Health Center are bringing the healing benefits of medicinal herbs to the people of Kumbo. Energy Farming has expanded its cultivation of medicinal herbs to include turmeric, brahmi, calendula, echinacea, isabgol (psyllium), and ashwagandha. Once harvested, these herbs are processed into teas, ointments and medicinal honey, and dispensed through the Total Health Center.

A water-loving plant, the recently resumed rains have turned the brahmi beds into lush carpets. The entire plant is processed into a tea that supports memory, mental clarity and general bodily health.

A water-loving plant, the recently resumed rains have turned the brahmi beds into lush carpets. The entire plant is processed into a tea that supports memory, mental clarity and general bodily health.

April 16 marked the first harvest of turmeric grown in the Energy Farming demonstration garden. With a few set aside for replanting, the unearthed rhizomes were soaked and rinsed, then cured in boiling water. They were then sliced and dried in a dehydrator.

Harvested turmeric is cured in boiling water over a fire. Turmeric is a root in the ginger family characterized by its deep yellow color and is familiar to many people from Indian cooking.

Harvested turmeric is cured in boiling water over a fire. Turmeric is a root in the ginger family characterized by its deep yellow color and is familiar to many people from Indian cooking.

The dried, ground turmeric will be offered as a tea, for use in treating cataracts, joint and muscle pain, and disorders of the immune system. It is also a main component in the Total Health Center’s Medicinal Honey, which is made using locally produced honey.

HIC volunteer Amanda Masters prepares cured turmeric for the dehydrator.

HIC volunteer Amanda Masters prepares cured turmeric for the dehydrator.

By utilizing the high quality, organic herbs grown right in the gardens of the HIC, this collaboration between Energy Farming and the Total Health Center makes the HIC more self-reliant and less dependent on the importation of foreign medicine. Most importantly, a broad number of ailments can be treated using these low-cost, sustainably produced plants, affording a greater number of people the better health that they deserve.

Calendula flowers are made into a soothing ointment that heals skin irritations, rashes and burns.

Calendula flowers are made into a soothing ointment that heals skin irritations, rashes and burns.

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