Jemaa el-Fnaa – holistic remedies of the desert

If you take a short stroll through the central square of Marrakech (known as Jemaa el-Fnaa) you will encounter all kinds of spices, herbs and medicinal products, many of which are made from the unique commodity of the Argan nut.

Located in the Eastern corner of the square however, is an area dedicated to showcasing a range of holistic remedies from the Sub-Saharan deserts of Southern Morocco. It is very common for desert remedies like the ones displayed here to be the first port of call for to treat a variety of ailments such as flu, rheumatic fever and eczema.

If you explore this sleepy section of the square you will discover that as well as holistic treatments, there are a large selection of cosmetic products for sale also. Stall vendors sell everything from lipstick to perfume, of which are all prepared from plants and herbs plucked from the wild desert.

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Other products which are unique to this corner of the world such as kohl (a form of mascara which has been used in North Africa for over 5000 years) can also be found. In other parts of Africa and also India, kohl is applied on children to deter the gaze of the evil eye.

Another unique commodity you will find on offer is Ashabba. This is a remedy that is said to heal all kinds of sexual dilemma’s, made from herbs and the fat of camels from the south.

The bustling square of Jemaa el-Fnaa is but a short walk from any one of our luxury Riad Hotels, explore the secrets that Marrakech has to offer today.

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