Bush Medicine of the Bahamas
Winner of the 2012 Mary W. Klinger Book Award
for outstanding book of the year, by the Society for Economic Botany.
A comprehensive book on Bahamian Bush Medicine
Excerpt from the Introduction of Bush Medicine of the Bahamas
— McCormack, Maier, and Wallens (2011)
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"Ancient wisdom about medicinal plants is quietly slipping away. Most indigenous healers and practitioners of plant medicine are elderly and belong to the last generation of indigenous people to have fully learned plant medicine. In the rainforests of Central and South America, most remaining medicine men and shamans are at least 70 years old. Members of the younger generation in native cultures are rapidly losing interest in learning what the local medicine man (or woman) knows. They are lured away by the attractions and distractions of the modern world, while at the same time separating themselves culturally, spiritually, and pragmatically from centuries of plant knowledge. In the process they lose more than valuable knowledge—they lose their cultural and spiritual traditions, and their connections with the land. And it is these connections with the land that help preserve ecosystems."
"We discovered that the knowledge of bush medicine is also held mostly by the elders, now in their 70’s and 80’s. They are the last living repositories of a unique system of plant medicine. . . "
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harvesting bush medicine
© Tim McCormack
preparing bush tea
© Tim McCormack