Plant Knowledge Around the World
Clip: Season 3 Episode 3 | 4m 24s
Europeans coming to America brought a respected tradition of using medicinal plants and also learned from the Native Americans. Familiar plants could be found to treat diseases, but malaria presented a problem. Sagebrush didn’t grow in New England, but Native American trade networks provided this remedy to early settlers. Chinese people also used sagebrush for malaria.