Mezinhas are home-made recipes, made according to the knowledge of folk ancestors, which, although ignored by traditional medicine, have very beneficial properties for health.The term “mezinha” comes from Latin (medicine), which means medicine. Therefore, mezinhas are cures for folk medicine, or as it is now said, for alternative medicine.The book in the newsstand consists of 130 pages, and displays diseases (112) in alphabetical order and decorated (159). It ends with a glossary of major herbs, fruits and vegetables (57).In Mezinhas de Semper’s book, the reader finds treatments (mostly tea) for ailments ranging from acidity to voice problems, cholesterol, cold sores, rheumatism and uric acid, among others.Tonic to prevent hair loss, tea to fight cellulite, or herbal tea to help treat varicose veins are some of the interesting things in this post.But there are also many small remedies for so-called modern ailments, such as depression, insomnia, nerves, or even bad breath or impotence.There are also curiosities, like Remedy Santo, which is based on magnesium chloride that’s perfect for seven ailments, such as uric acid or parrot’s beaks, tired horse soup, great for colds and flu, or hydrocitromel (water, lemon, and honey), taken early in the morning. On an empty stomach, it is excellent for maintaining shape.
It is estimated that nearly 80% of the planet’s population has already used some vegetables to alleviate disease symptoms.
5,000 years to heal
The first records of using plants to treat diseases come from China and are 5,000 years old. In the Christian era, Nero’s physician Pelsius conducted studies on 500 plants.
There is no exact figure, but botanists say there will be no less than 650 species of plants of medicinal quality. The most commonly used is 40.