Popular knowledge associated with plants

In the mountains of Asir, for example, we find fig trees called “Al-Hamat” trees, and these trees grew a divine plant in the roads, mountains and wells, and despite the strong love for the fruits of figs, there was great fear controlling people at night from those trees! Because they believe that the jinns inhabit it as well as the wells.

Each environment has its own characteristics according to the diversity of latitudes and longitudes, heights, deserts, soil diversity, and therefore the climate. We believe that the reservoir of this earth exudes its vegetable with all its characteristics, its minerals and even its smell. Who among us would contemplate a small plant which basks within a deaf rock? Did we get closer? Do we touch the surface of its leaves? Did we feel it? Who among us has wondered about its content and what benefit they can derive from it?! It is strange and strange to see all these plants that are between our feet with a holistic vision that is not deep, because if we contemplate them and stop before the splendor of their colors and the gradations of their spectrum, we will inevitably feel a kind of calm and comfort and the depth of philosophy they leave in us.

This is for the general public, but specialists, academics and specialized colleges are certainly aware of it and care about it.

God has endowed the Kingdom with a rich, varied and amazing flora, which may be due to the extent and diversity of its climate between deserts, mountains, valleys, valleys, rainy and other dry places. Thus, many large nature reserves have been established, which abound in many riches of rare animals, plants, birds and reptiles, making the Kingdom one of the world’s reserves of cypresses, locusts and sedges, while that its rare plants are desert plants like ramet. , bramble, tamarisk and Sidr, and the Najd desert is full of plants such as fragrant lavender, clovers, chrysanthemums, chrysanthemums, vitiligo, monkeys, kohl, orient, tanum and sorrel. Also, the arak tree covers the forests of these regions. As for the trees of Ghady, Athom, Acacia, Banana, Harmal, Tarfa and Ashar, they are among the trees of the region of Al-Uruq, south of the Tuwaiq mountain range. and on the western edge of the Empty Quarter. As for sandalwood, acacia, ficus or somma, almond trees and prickly pears. Juniper, Qiblah and Kadi are part of the nature of the southern region, especially the slopes of Shada mountain, which embraces the clouds with its high peak, and is covered in fog throughout the year , making it fertile ground for forests and weeds such as anise, lily of the valley and sawdust sucked up by bees, forming sources of honey that slip among the trees, Kadi, Basil and Baathran, castor and local rose.

And whoever comes to this region in the spring sees it covered with almond blossoms in a beautiful and picturesque view, and there are many rare medicinal and aromatic plants of virgin nature, and Mount Shada is the mountain on which our master Ibrahim, peace be upon him, prayed, and thus classified as the highest chapel in the world by researchers. And geologists, as it rises to two thousand four hundred meters above sea level, and one of the oddities of this mountain is that it is a storehouse of rubies, as confirmed by researchers and geologists, and that is what we have found in some manuscripts.

The Arab relied heavily on plants, because they represented for him the inexhaustible reservoir of benefits, whether at the level of household chores or natural works and their treatment, or optimism and sometimes blessings. human evolution, where he takes the trees and their stems into the houses, and from their leaves are utensils and tools, and sometimes they reach the weaving of clothes, such as: the taffsha, the gaffe, the khasf (the mat) and others, but there are some peculiarities of this area in the way of treating certain plants Except for economic plants like corn, wheat, barley…etc.

The peculiarity of the environment is evident in the use of special plants, carrying the intimacy of the earth, and the intimacy of longitude and latitude and their convergence together. In the mountains of Asir, for example, we find fig trees called “Al-Hamat” trees, and these trees grew a divine plant in the roads, mountains and wells, and despite the strong love for the fruits of figs, there was great fear controlling people at night from those trees! Because they believe that the jinns inhabit them and the wells, and this is due to the density of these trees, the huge size and the darkness of their leaves, so they make noises with the strong wind at night , which deepens this belief in people’s hearts that they are the sounds of jinns, and the wells are so deep that they seem to be an unknown decision, and this belief deepens, in addition, to the sound of the wind at inside these wells that shakes the immobility of the night, hence the belief that the jinns live in wells and fig trees.

We cannot limit the types of plants in these regions due to their great diversity, but some plants are very present among the people of these regions who eat them and use them for many purposes.

But if we deal with folk medicine and people in the desert and villages use plants to heal themselves, we can say that the people of the island used all the herbs and trees for medicinal purposes without exception, such as : “myrrh”, thyme, dialogue, black seed, etc., and it was considered a popular trade in Arab markets and one of the sources of its economy.

Quote from “Riyadh”

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