Offered by: Royal Botanical Gardens
Plants form the main ingredients of medicines in traditional systems or healing and have been the source of inspiration for several major pharmaceutical drugs. Approximately 50,000 species of vascular plants have been used medicinally. Predominately these plants are used in traditional remedies, food, personal care and perfumery; only around 100 plant species have contributed significantly to modern drugs. We'll examine plants used in both areas and the impact on biodiversity and sustainability of these plants.