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Botanical Medicine is..?  

  Botanical medicine can be described as the implementation of plants as nostrum, due to its comparable medicinal properties to pharmaceutical drugs. Humans have been using plants as medicine throughout history to either cure or lessen symptoms from an illness. A pharmaceutical drug however, is a type of drug that is produced in a laboratory to help cure an illness. History Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before prehistoric period. Ancient Unani manuscripts, Egyptian papyrus and Chinese writings frequently described the use of herbs. Evidence exist that Unani Hakims, Indian Vaids and European cultures were using herbs for over 4000 years as medicine. Indigenous cultures found in Rome, Iran, Africa and the Americas, customarily used herbs in their healing rituals. nhp.gov  “The Egyptian science of healing constituted from the very beginning a system several thousand years in advance of the rest of human society.” -Ebers Papyrus. One of the most important papyrus (early Egyptian official documents), the Ebers Papyrus, written in the early XVIIIth Dynasty, ca 1550 B.C, contains a long list of of …

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Should you toss-out your MICROWAVE oven?

For a significant period in time, microwave ovens were the hallmark of auspicious social mobility and sophistication. Initially, my exposure to the kitchen appliance came in the form of cultural appropriation via television ads while sitting on the couch of my mother’s city home in Kingston, Jamaica. As a child, I associated microwave ovens with prestige and social ascendence, on the rare occasion I spotted the appliance in a friends home, my perspective on the individual would permanently change. The closest kitchen appliance our family in the country had to a microwave oven was a countertop electronic oven, very similar to a microwave oven, however, not as sleek. Unfortunately, when the family decided to move to New York City in the early 2000s, microwave oven prepared meals became a familiar and necessary part of my daily routine. I can clearly recall the moments as a teenager when I cooked frankfurters, warmed milk, and heated hot pockets in the microwave oven to obtain a quick bite. I never once paused to question what microwave ovens were, …