The Amazon Rainforest – One of the World’s Largest Pharmacies

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The Amazon rainforest, acknowledged by many as one of the largest natural pharmacies in the world, is home to an abundance of natural resources and plants, renowned for their medicinal properties. The protection of these natural elements is fundamental to maintaining this incredible hotspot of biodiversity. Here, we will explore some of the fascinating remedies that have been created from these plants by the Quechua people for generations.

Our Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, with its 10,000 ha private ecological reserve, Reserva Ecológica  Inkaterra is adjacent to the Tambopota National Reserve in the Southern Amazon Rainforest in Peru, known as the ‘Bio-Diversity Capital of Peru’. From here, you can chose from the many excursions on offer and explore the amazing Amazon Rainforest, spotting these incredible natural remedies in their purest form as you go!

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Passion Flower

This woody vine with large white flowers is known to target anxiety and depression whilst lowering blood pressure and acts as a mild sedative. The flower was discovered by Peruvians in 1569 and is used by natural health practitioners all over the globe today.

Flickr Image by Seb Perrotin  http://bit.ly/1DXYlRQ

Flickr Image by Seb Perrotin http://bit.ly/1DXYlRQ

Cats Claw

Cats Claw, named from the horn like thorns protruding from its vines is used as a natural remedy to boost the immune system. Founded in the Amazon Rainforest 2000 years ago, Cats Claw is now used throughout the world for immunity disorders, stomach ulcers, shingles and chronic inflammation.

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Flickr Image by Alien Graffiti http://bit.ly/1GTulnC

Maca 

A root vegetable, found in Peru and cultivated for three thousand years, its medicinal properties include treating anaemia, chronic fatigue, weak bones and is also used as an energy booster and athletic performance enhancer. Maca Powder has become prominent in recent years and is recognised as one of the world’s leading superfoods.

Flickr Image by William Ismael  http://bit.ly/1HCLJ0c

Flickr Image by William Ismael http://bit.ly/1HCLJ0c

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The Amazon Rainforest – One of the World’s Largest Pharmacies