This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Kreig delve into ethno-botany with Dr. Ina Vandebroek, Ethnomedical Research Specialist at the Institute of Economic Botany at New York Botanical Garden. They discuss the role plants play in medicine and how in other cultures herbal remedies and traditional healing methods are trusted more than conventional health care. Learn more more about ethnobotany, immigrant health and more on a very informative episode of We Dig Plants. This episode was sponsored by Barterhouse Wines.


“In a 2005 study on Dominican ethnomedicine that was financed by the National Institute of Health we discovered that 80% of the people tested believed that there were health conditions that a medical doctor does not understand and cannot cure and that’s why they are using herbal remedies.”


“The majority of the population in the Dominican Republic believes that The Evil Eye exists.”

— Dr. Ina Vandebroek on Ethnomedical Research Specialist at the Institute of Economic Botany at New York Botanical Garden on We Dig Plants