It's about learning to understand another language.
The Peruvian Amazon is the epicenter of world biodiversity.
When you walk into this forest it's a blur of species, yet the Asháninka people who accompanied me into the forest had names for almost every plant, and described uses to about half of all of them.
They had plants that they used as food, building material, medicines, cosmetics, dyes. They knew plants that accelerated healing of wounds, cured diarrhea, or cured chronic backache.
Each time the occasion arose I tried these planet remedies on myself only to find that they worked, so I began asking my indigenous consultants how they knew what they knew about plants.
Their answer was enigmatic.