There are hundreds of different herbs growing in Sinai and Bedouin traditional medicine uses many of them. This spring I spent some time collecting plants from the desert so that I could offer Bedouin herbal teas to visitors in Dahab. I have started with a small menu of six choices of hot infusions: five different herbs and one mixed herb. Below is a bit of information on what we use these particular herbs for. Even if you are well, these herbal teas are a pleasant change to your basic sweet black tea.
If you are in Dahab, you can drink my hot herbal teas at:
- Illy’s Italian Coffee Shop, Mashraba
- El Dorado Restaurant, Eel Garden
- Coffee Shop on shore, Red Sea Relax, Near Lighthouse
- LaVazza Coffee Shop, Blue Hole
If you would like to buy the herbs, call me or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brief Description of their Uses
Gaisoom – Lavender Cotton – Santolina chamaecyparissus
- Giasoom is used to treat headaches and colds. It also lowers blood sugar if taken for at least four days. It is used by diabetics.
Sheeh – Wormwood – Artemisia
- Sheeh is used to cleanse the stomach if you’ve eaten something bad. It is also used to relax and calm people.
Rubayaan – Wild Chamomile – Anthemis cotula
- Rubayaan – a type of chamomile is used to relax and people. Mothers use chamomile infusions to wash their young children, especially if the eyes are infected. Adults will also cleanse their eyes with chamomile if they are irritated or infected.
Buaytharaan – Judaen Wormwood – Artemisia judaica
- Buaytharaan is used to calm upset stomachs and treat diarrhea. It is also use to kill gastrointestinal worms and parasites.
- Nihaida is used to cleanse the kidneys. When used in combination with another herb, nihaida aids in dissolving kidney stones.
Photos by Bernadette