Event Title

Recipes, Remedies & Reform

Location

D1496

Start Date

1-4-2016 1:20 PM

End Date

1-4-2016 1:35 PM

Description

During the mid-19th century, Americans not only explored their newly found political and religious freedoms, they experimented extensively with health- and self-care, in particular the application of healing plants. Sharing of herbal recipes and remedies is an enduring healing tradition in American health care that laid the foundation for the emergence of the US pharmaceutical industry. Simples derived from plants, such as cayenne pepper (Capsicum frutescens) and lobelia (Lobelia inflata) in the 19th century and marijuana (Cannabis sativa) today have been the focus for social movements then and now. In this paper, Dr. Martha Libster, historian and nurse-herbalist, provides evidence from historical and translational research for the historical and potential contributions of medicinal plants to reform of American and global health care systems.

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Dr. Martha Libster is a Professor of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services.

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Recipes, Remedies & Reform

D1496

During the mid-19th century, Americans not only explored their newly found political and religious freedoms, they experimented extensively with health- and self-care, in particular the application of healing plants. Sharing of herbal recipes and remedies is an enduring healing tradition in American health care that laid the foundation for the emergence of the US pharmaceutical industry. Simples derived from plants, such as cayenne pepper (Capsicum frutescens) and lobelia (Lobelia inflata) in the 19th century and marijuana (Cannabis sativa) today have been the focus for social movements then and now. In this paper, Dr. Martha Libster, historian and nurse-herbalist, provides evidence from historical and translational research for the historical and potential contributions of medicinal plants to reform of American and global health care systems.