Unfortunately, a perfect translation for Egyptian hieroglyphs does not exist. Translators continue to attempt to decipher the Egyptian language and convert it into modern day ideas. This has led to debates throughout history as to the exact meaning of Egyptian herbals. The Ebers Papyrus is one of the only remaining texts that contains medicinal uses for herbs. It mentions treatments for such issues as “disease of the limbs” and references herbs such as garlic, willow, and castor bean. Egyptians used garlic as an antibiotic, willow for pain relief, and castor oil for everything from a laxative to an eye brightener.
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