‘Umayri 2014: Traditional Bedouin Medicine

On a normal field season, I’d be digging in addition to my photography duties. Last year, though, I injured my wrist at the photolab and it hasn’t been the same since. I’ve tried a bunch of different ways to get it to heal, but none have been terribly successful.

Since I’ve been coming to the ‘Umayri dig for a long time now, I’ve developed a friendship with many of the workers. One of our seasoned workers offered to introduce me to a traditional medicine he and his family uses to heal injuries like mine, a plant that grows natively in Jordan called Inula viscosa.

Monique joined me in the quest to try our this traditional practice, which you can read more about over on Indiana Jill.

2 Replies to “‘Umayri 2014: Traditional Bedouin Medicine”

  1. Yay!! The green ointment!! That’s interesting what you found out about pulverizing and putting it in oil. We shall have to give this another try next season so we can make our own green ointment! The photos turned out great, I especially like the one with the leaves in close up. And Adel, wonderful Adel. Do you think we can get him to move to Balua for a season? I will miss him in the field so much.

    1. I sure hope so. He’s worth it, I’m sure we can find a way to budget enough money to convince him to come with us for the season. On the subject of Balua… What are the living conditions like there? 🙂

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