By Rachel Person, WSU College of Nursing student
Botanical Gardens and Vocational Nurse’s College
For the first half of our day, we visited a botanical garden where various plants were being grown for traditional medicinal purposes. We were greeted by a guide who took us around the garden and showed us samples of the plants to either smell or taste.
Some of the plants and trees were familiar such as cilantro, mint, vanilla, and rubber. Others were not. We were introduced to Guianensis, which is known to stimulate the immune system and is therefore used to treat diseases like cancer. Achiote was a round fruit with a spiky outer shell … » More …