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BADKE, Marcio Rossato; BUDO, Maria de Lourdes Denardin; SILVA, Fernanda Machado da  and  RESSEL, Lúcia Beatriz. Medicinal plants: the knowledge sustained by daily life practice. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.1, pp.132-139. ISSN 1414-8145.

The objective of this work was to know the daily life of people living in the community assisted by a Family Health Unit in a Rio Grande do Sul city, about the therapeutic use of medicinal plants in health care. This is a qualitative research, with data collection through semi-structured interview and observation as participant. The ten interviewees, users of medicinal plants, nominated to the unit, were selected by the network of relationships. Thematic analysis was performed that allowed the emergence of categories. It was verified that the use of homemade tea is common among the participants and that most of the medicinal plants used by the interviewees have their popular therapeutics indications as those found in scientific literature. It is believed that the research has relevance for nurses and for society, so it points to a necessary approach between the popular and scientific knowledge, and also to create projects that work with this theme.

Keywords : Medicinal plants; Careful Nursing; Collective health; Nursing.

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