Forest medicinal plants Program
Creating a living pharmacy from
Forest Medicinal Plants
Living Pharmacy is the most recent version of our Forest Medicine program, reflecting our long standing interest in and experience with the medicinal plants native to the Atlantic Rainforest. Many people in our local community are well versed in the ways of plant lore and plant medicines, and our goal is to learn from them and with them, and to help preserve this indigenous knowledge.
Iracambi is a member of a nation-wide network run by Fiocruz, the highly respected research foundation that aims to catalog all the medicinal plants in Brazil. We also collaborate with the Federal University of Viçosa on medicinal plants research. Check the paper on Croton urucurana (Dragon’s Blood,) here.
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We’ve also recently opened our newly renovated laboratory to community members in a series of workshops where together we experiment with making natural products based on the medicinal plants in the region. By valuing these plants, we value biodiversity conservation, and our goal is to work with the local community to produce natural products based on medicinals, benefiting both the forest and the forest people. Check one of our short videos on using medicinal plants!
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This small project is something we are deeply passionate about and we would love your support to help continue our journey. We want to reach more communities and help them to see the beauty and the benefits of using 100% natural products, thereby protecting the amazing biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest from unsustainable farming, pesticides and deforestation.