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Tongkat Ali

Also known as Eurycoma and Longifolia Jack

Tongkat Ali is a tall slender shrub which grows wild along the hilly slopes of the rainforests of S.E.Asia and in Malaysia it is sometimes referred to as the ‘herb of a hundred healing qualities’ by the people of south-east Asia. It has of late been identified as also having unique male sexuality improvement qualities.

Research has shown

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The Garlic You Eat

Do you know what you are eating?

Garlic is native to central Asia and it has been in use for more than 7,000 years. It is celebrated for its flavour and the way it complements foods.

It has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region and a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Commonly it is grown in home gardens and for the

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Sage

Salvia Officinalis

Sage before flowering

There are many sage varieties and here we are referring to White sage, a common culinary herb native to Southern Europe, but now cultivated worldwide. Its botanical name, Salvia, stems from the Latin “Salvere” – “to be in good health, cure or save”. This indicates the wide range of beneficial effects the herb has:

Healing uses: Sage is anti-fungal,

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Lavender

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Ahhh the sensual aroma of delicate Lavender. This lovely herb is great to have in your garden for both its visual appearance and its fragrance. It is loved by the bees when its in flower and by the birds after the flower heads have dried off. The dried flowers are often hung about the home and placed in potpurris and wardrobes

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Henna

Lawsonia inermis

Temporary body decoration with henna

The Indian name for henna is mehendi, it’s a medium sized multiple branching shrub with small pinkish white flowers in bunches. The leaves, flowers, seeds and bark of the plant are the useful parts and are used for medicinal as well as cosmetic purposes. When crushed, the leaves leave a fragrant and pleasant smell behind. Leaves are

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Turmeric

A plant vital for good health

Tumeric powder that is cooked before use

The colloquial name for turmeric is halad or haldi and its botanical name is Curcuma longa. Turmeric is a perennial herb with short and thick stem and multiple branches with unforgettable aromatic smell. The stems are underground (called rhizomes) and have food, medicinal as well as ritual value.

Turmeric is regularly

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Devil’s Apple Weed

Solanum linnaeanum

Devil’s Apple is a nightshade species native to South Africa and is considered an invasive weed in Australia and the north island of New Zealand. This poisonous plant bears a tomato-like fruit and it has some important medicinal properties that helps to cure many but not all skin cancers.

Solanum linnaeanum is a nightshade species known as Devil’s Apple and, in some places

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Medical Marijuana

An ancient herb coming of age

Bees collecting pollen from eight marijuana plant. Note that marijuana does not produce nectar, but the bees appreciate the pollen

Cannabis or marijuana is one of the worlds most used recreational drugs with a medical history reaching back before recorded time. It does not seem to have had the same usage as hallucinogenic drugs and its use has

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Herbal or Botanical Medicine

Natures medicines

Herbal or Botanical Medicine is the use of herbs (plants) for disease prevention and restoration of health.

Herbs and other plants have been used as medicines in most cultures and civilisations throughout history, either as single entities or as complex mixtures of several herbs or of herbs and other substances.

Modern medicine (pharmacology) grew from herbal medicines and to save costs and /

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Kalonji – Black Cummin

Nigella sativa L

Kalonji is also widely known as kalonji or nigella, but also, less commonly for Bunium persicum (Boiss.) B. Fedtsch of the family Apiaceae. Kalonji is cultivated across Asia from Italy to Indonesia and is a popular remedy for many common symptoms.

Providing relief from many ailments, Kalonji is a herbal/bush which grows to about 500mm high producing blue flowers and black seeds

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