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Botanical Names Of Herbs & Plants In Yoruba by bobbyANSELEM: 11:42am On May 29, 2018
Yoruba Medicine – History The medical traditions of the Yoruba people of western Nigeria developed within a culture that deeply respects and venerates ancestors. The orishas, or gods of the Yoruba, were former ancestors such as Oduduwa, the legendary ancestor of all Yoruba people, and his son Ogun. Respect for family and ancestors is so deep that when Yoruba people die, they are buried under the floor of the family house. Their spirits remain with and protect the family.

The Yoruba believe that sickness is a whim or punishment of a specific god or ancestor, who must be identified and placated, or else is caused by witchcraft for which the appropriate countercharm must be employed. They developed a shamanistic medical tradition utilizing both herbalism (practiced by the onishegun, herbal healers) and divination (practiced by the balabwo, priests of the Ifa cult.)

In this very article we shall list the botanical names of some plants and herbs in Yoruba language,


Some herbs in yoruba language

Basil plant – Nchanwu in Igbo, Efirin in Yoruba
Mint leaf -- Ewe minti
Fenugreek – ewedu in yoruba, hulba in Hausa
Hibiscus plant – Zobo
Tamarind – tsamia
Tumeric – ata Ile pupa in Yoruba
Cayenne – Bawa
Chilli – Shombo in Yoruba
Black pepper – iyere in Yoruba, Oziza in igbo
Thorny pigweed/prickly amaranth – tete eleegun in yoruba
alternanthera nodiflora – Dagunro
Butryospermum paradoxum – Shea tree – Ori
Allium sativum -Garlic – Ayu in yoruba
Capsicum frutescens – Tabasco pepper – Ata-wewe
Lactuca capensis – Lettuce – Yanrin

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