Sikira* gets to her shed with her wares in hand. After dusting her workplace, she starts to arrange her bottles of agbo, which are in different colours, on her counter. The bottles are labelled with the names of the content. She sets down her coolers brimming with agbo jedi, and after placing the mugs, plastic cups, and steel cups for her customers on her tables, she is ready to alleviate people's health issues, possibly cure them.
Agbo Jedi is also known as traditional herbs and herbal mixtures. In West Africa,especially in the Yoruba communities, it is the most popular and most available option for people in rural settlements who can`t afford to pay for modern medicine. These traditional herbs are made from natural resources like leaves, barks and roots obtained from medicinal trees, and fruits like lime, lemon, oranges and guava to season.
Sikira`s other recipes for making the agbo jedi includes ginger, honey, cinnamon powder, fresh parsley, and apple vinegar. The ingredients can be soaked and boiled with water, honey, palm wine, pap water and sometimes, local gin. The agbo jedi is prepared depending on the ailments of the clients. Sikira`s agbo jedi doesn`t include alcohol, as she believes that alcohol, especially the local gin, that is added to agbo is unhealthy and harmful to the body,because of the way it is produced. The benefits of the agbo jedi range from curing malaria fever, typhoid fever, chickenpox, measles, and cold. It is also used to cure common sexually transmitted diseases and it can serve as an aphrodisiac. Some people use it for weight loss. Originally from Ilorin, Sikira`s agbo jedi is set up in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her clientele extends to people in the neighbouring communities and abroad.