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Herbal Remedies: Myth or Medicine?

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MIDDLE SCHOOL |  SCIENCE

Herbal Remedies: Myth or Medicine?

Students will learn about plants that have traditionally been used for medicinal purposes; make their own herbal remedies; research plant adaptations to understand what properties protect plants from predators and disease and how those properties might also be effective in protecting people from disease or infection; distinguish among claims; and plant an herb garden with a corresponding field guide on medicinal plants.

Concepts: Medicinal Plants

Essential Questions

  • What special adaptations do plants have that could make them useful to humans as medicine?
  • What makes a plant “medicinal”?
  • How do medicinal plants affect the human body?
  • How can I tell if claims about herbal remedies or medicinal plants are based on folklore or backed by scientific evidence?