Written by Shanie
As is the case throughout the world, the native people of the Patagonia area have been in touch with there natural surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. With their connection to the beauty of Mother Nature, they have come to understand the healing properties of the plant life. In fact, the use of the medicinal plants is a long standing tradition among the Mapuche.
In a study about the native Patagonian cultures, it was discovered that the tribe uses over 260 wild plant species for healing purposes. Here are five that they use that are specific to this area:
Quinchamali: used for aniti-inflammatory and intestinal issues
Amancay: used for gynecological and obstetric needs
Coihue tree: used for analgesic and anti-inflammatory purposes
Chilco: used for gynecological and obstetric needs
Notros: helps dermatological issues