Medicine in Coptic Chimie

Herbal Remedies


Soil Mould Penicillium 

Herbal Remedies used by the Ancient Egyptians and are being used by Chimie Copts regularly today

  • Acacia (acacia nilotica)- vermifuge, eases diarrhoea and internal bleeding, also used to treat skin diseases.

  • Aloe vera - worms, relieves headaches, soothes chest pains, burns, ulcers and for skin disease and allergies.

  • Basil (ocimum basilicum)- excellent for heart.

  • Balsam Apple (malus sylvestris)or Apple of Jerusalem - laxative, skin allergies, soothes headaches, gums and teeth, for asthma, liver stimulant, weak digestion.

  • Bayberry(Myrica cerifera) - stops diarrhoea, soothes ulcers, shrinks hemorrhoids, repels flies.

  • Belladonna - pain reliever;camphor tree - reduces fevers, soothes gums, soothes epilepsy.

  • Caraway (Carum carvi; Umbelliferae)- soothes flatulence, digestive, breath freshener.

  • Cardamom( Eletarria cardamomum; Zingiberacae)- Used as a spice in foods,digestive, soothes flatulence.

  • Colchicum (Citrullus colocynthus) - also known as "Meadow Saffron", soothes rheumatism, reduces swelling.

  • Common Juniper tree (Juniperis phonecia; Juniperus drupacea)- digestive, soothes chest pains, soothes stomach cramps.

  • Cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba; Piperaceae)- urinary tract infections, larynx and throat infections, gum ulcers and infections, soothes headaches.

  • Dill (Anethum graveolens)- soothes flatulence, relieves dyspepsia, laxative and diuretic properties.

  • Fenugreek(Trigonella foenum-graecum) - respiratory disorders, cleanses the stomach, calms the liver, soothes pancreas, reduces swelling.

  • Frankincense(Boswellia carterii) - throat and larynx infections, stops bleeding, cuts phlegm, asthma, stops vomiting.

  • Garlic (Allium sativa) - gives vitality, soothes flatulence and aids digestion, mild laxative, shrinks hemorrhoids, rids body of "spirits" (note, during the building of the Pyramids, the workers were given garlic daily to give them the vitality and strength to carry on and perform well).

  • Henna (Lawsomia inermis) - astringent, stops diarrhoea, close open wounds (and used as a dye).

  • Honey was widely used, a natural antibiotic and used to dress wounds and as a base for healing unguants, as was castor oil, coriander,beer and other foods.

  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra - mild laxative, expels phlegm, soothes liver, pancreas and chest and respiratory problems.

  • Mustard (Sinapis alba) - induces vomiting, relieves chest pains.

  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) - stops diarrhea, relives headaches, soothes gums, toothaches and backaches.

  • Onion (Allium cepa) - diuretic, induces perspiration, prevents colds, soothes sciatica, relieves pains and other cardiovascular problems.

  • Parsley (Apium petroselinum) - diuretic.

  • Mint (Mentha piperita) - soothes flatulence, aids digestion, stops vomiting, breath freshener.

  • Sandalwood (Santallum albus) - aids digestion, stops diarrhea, soothes headaches and gout (used, of course, in incense).

  • Sesame (Sesamum indicum)- soothes asthma.

  • Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)- laxative.

  • Thyme (Thymus/Thimbra) - pain reliever.

  • Tumeric (Curcumae longa) - closes open wounds (also was used to dye skin and cloth).

  • Poppy (papaver somniferum) - relieves insomnia, relieves headaches, anesthetic, soothes respiratory problems, dulls pain.