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Anti-malarial Herbals - 27/08/2008
 
Send some seeds of a common garden plant
Artemisia annua is a fast-growing annual with tiny, yellow, fragrant flowers, good for temporary screening, and you can grow it yourself in a well-drained soil in full sun (from chilternseeds.co.uk). Lia Leendertz, the Guardian Weekend’s gardening expert explains that extracts of the plant can be used to ease the symptoms of malaria. The derivative drug, artemisinin, is of Chinese origin and said to cure malaria. Resistance has not been noted.

Several projects are underway to help affected communities grow their own plants of Artemisia annua from which to make medicinal teas. It is especially useful where communities cannot afford expensive imported medicines. A “Medicinal Shrubs” pack of 20 cuttings for £17 can be sent through sendacow.org.uk, or Anamed (anamed.net), a Christian organization that runs courses in affected areas and provides seeds and equipment, will accept donations for this purpose.
 
 
 

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