When Bio Gardens was founded in 2004, its main purpose was using herbal medicine to reduce community expenditure on health care services. There are many kinds of diseases in East Africa and so it is likely that the people in Uganda get some of them during their life. But many of the farmers, who don’t have much money, cannot afford the expensive modern drugs and medical services and there isn’t any insurance to help them in that case. So with the herbal medicine Bio Gardens offers an alternative to the people around Kasese and often it is also better for the health than synthetic medicine.
Bio Gardens has a medicinal plants demonstration garden to be an example for the people to learn from and see the plants physically. We collect different plants, mainly indigenous ones from the Rwenzori Mountains area, but also foreign ones if they have special medicinal values like for instance artimesia annua which treats malaria.
We also show the farmers, who are members of the Bio Gardens community, how they can grow and use medicinal plants by themselves in their own gardens.
From the plants Bio Gardens also produces herbal medicine and gives it to the people, like decoctions from plant bark and leaves, herbal juice extract by cold water, herbal teas from fresh and dried leaves extracted by boiling water, herbal syrup when mixed with honey or sugar, herbal tincture extracted by alcohol, herbal ointments when mixed with natural oils and others.
Herbal Medicine in Schools
Bio Gardens has introduced herbal medicine training in schools, we have started with two schools, namely Brilliant Preparatory and Standard Infant School in Kasese town.
The purpose of introducing herbal medicines in schools is as follow:
1- To introduce herbal medicine to the young ones as they learn other
life experiences in schools so that herbal medicine can be part of
their Life experience as they grow up.
2- To provide herbal medicine knowledge to schools both
pupils/students and their teachers and help them establish medicinal
plants gardens at their schools.
3-. To help young people understand the value of plants and encourage
them to protect trees and their environment for a better future.
After the training the schools will establish school medicinal plant
gardens- this will include herbs, fruits and vegetables.
The schools will also establish herbal medicine clubs and start
producing some herbal products like dried fruits, soya bean porridge,
soya biscuits, soya coffee, soya snacks, pan cakes for nutrition and
also ointment for their body care
Bio Gardens and the teachers will always work together to ensure that
the school activities continue.
The first training took place on 8- 9 and 15- 16 July 2017. The next training will take place on 17th, 24th February, 3rd and 10th March 2018 at Bio Gardens- Farmers training Centre (MAMI) in Kirembe
Currently the trainings are supported by Discover Germany.
We need more support from well-wishers.