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Folk use of medicinal plants in Karst and Gorjanci, Slovenia
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Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13002-017-0144-0
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Mateja Lumpert, Samo Kreft


Information on the use of medicinal plants in Karst and Gorjanci is not available in the literature, but collection of plants is still an important and widespread practice in these regions. Karst and Gorjanci are two remote regions in Slovenia that are only 120 km apart but have different climates; one region is close to the Italian border, and the other is near the Croatian border. Our aim was to report and compare the use of medicinal plants in both regions. From October 2013 to September 2014, 25 informants each in Karst and Gorjanci were interviewed during field research. The age of the informants ranged from 33 to 89 years, with an average age of 61 years in Karst and 69 years in Gorjanci. The main question was "Which plants do or did you collect from nature and use?" Plants of medicinal, nutritive, veterinary or cosmetic use were considered. A total of 78 and 82 taxa were reported in Karst and Gorjanci, respectively; 65 taxa were reported in both regions. Approximately 64% of the plants in each region were distinctive for only a few informants (fewer than 7). The remaining plants were considered important, and the majority were mutual to both regions. Few reported plants were typical for just one region. Differences in the use of some common medicinal plants were observed, e.g., Matricaria chamomilla was used mostly for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory infections and sore eyes in Gorjanci but as a calmative in Karst. Altogether, 15 different oral and 15 different topical medicinal preparations were reported. Folk knowledge was found to be influenced by the media, particularly popular books about medicinal plants that were published in the 20th century. The present research documents the folk use of medicinal plants in Karst and Gorjanci, Slovenia. This rapidly changing practice needs to be documented before it disappears or changes.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 9 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 11%
Researcher 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 7%
Other 17 24%
Unknown 19 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 21%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 11%
Environmental Science 4 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 4%
Other 12 17%
Unknown 27 38%