Modern medicine tends to shun the idea of using plants and products made via plant extraction to treat anything serious, however a lot of people tend to forget that much of the modern medication we use today is, in face based heavily on nature.
People have recognized the healing power of nature for many, many years, and have been using plants to take care of problems for as long as we can remember. Not even just sicknesses, no. The Romans had a plant that was supposedly such a good form of birth control that they ate it out of existence. It doesn’t exist anymore.They ate all of it. We only know of it from records (and they like it so much they even put it on their coins!).
Plant extraction usually involves methods of taking the effective parts of the plant, and concentrating them. Because sometimes just chewing some yew bark wont take away your headache, and you need to amplify things a bit. So there have been several forms of plant extraction developed over the years, but where did it begin?
Plant Extraction Throughout History
We know from texts that what we would call proper plant extraction has existed since the beginning of the middle ages, in the sense that people would use a form of Oil Still to make concentrations from various forms of plant life, however it’s likely that using it much earlier than that. Records survive from other places around the globe, suggesting its use. From places such as:
1: Central America
2: Ancient Egypt
3: China and Japan
4: The Philippines
And those are just the places we have reliable records of. The central Americans used plant infusion to create drinks that were used in various religious ceremonies, and we’re only just now beginning to understand how advanced Egyptian medicine was back in the day. So who knows exactly how they did it, but we know that different plants and oils played a large part in their medical system, along with some extremely advanced surgical skills, that were not replicated until much, much later in history.