Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Learn ethnobotany while making holiday gifts

What does an ethnobotanist give for presents during the holidays? If you’re Cassandra Quave, you enlist your kids to help you make herbal-infused, bees-wax chapstick from scratch. Marigold, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper are just a few of the ingredients.

Quave is an assistant professor in Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health and in the School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology. Her specialty of ethnobotany takes her around the world, studying how traditional healers use plants. She’s particularly interested in plants for treating skin infections and wounds. She collects the plants, extracts their chemical compounds, and tests them for efficacy in combating antibiotic-resistant infections.

Watch Quave’s latest video on her Teach Ethnobotany YouTube channel to learn how to make your own botanical chapstick. And check out some of her other videos. She’ll take you to a traditional market in Kuwait to learn about dates, and to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the backstory of “the vine of the soul.”

The Plant Hunters
Invasive weed packs power to knock out antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Her patient approach to health

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