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Picrasma quassioides

January 20, 2022 smitsa 0

Picrasma quassioides  is a fine source of alkaloids, terpenoids and quassinoids. This sub-shrub is a member of the  Simaroubaceae family.  Most of the bioactives are alkaloids. […]

Gastrodia elata


January 11, 2022 smitsa 0

Gastrodia elata (G. elata Blume) is a perennial herb plant and belongs to the Gastrodia genus which is in the Orchidaceae family. The tubers are used as a […]

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Dragonhead – Benefits

August 9, 2021 smitsa 0

The Dragonhead plants are annuals in the Lamiaceae family and form the genus Dracocephalum. In herbal medicines, the plant leaves have been used like Lemon […]

A full picture of the magenta flowers of milk thistle.

Milk Thistle

January 1, 2021 smitsa 1

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn. Family: Asterceae) has long been used in western folk medicine for nearly 2000 years and is one of the […]


Growing Chervil

July 1, 2020 smitsa 0

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) is one of the original four traditional French ‘fines herbes’ which along with tarragon, parsley and chives are mixed and blended for […]

Dill on a white background.


February 5, 2020 smitsa 0

Dill (Anthum graveolens L.) is a herb that has a sweet, aniseed flavour and complements fish extremely well. The seeds are also an important condiment. […]

Ferula, herbal medicine, skin care, antimicrobial activity

Do You Smell Ferula ?

December 12, 2019 smitsa 0

Bet you don’t know what the plants called Ferula are? Some of you though may know one of them as Ferula assa-foetida. Actually there are […]


Kava Kava

November 29, 2019 smitsa 0

Kava Kava or to many of us don’t need to name it twice, just kava is the Polynesian plant with the intoxicating powers. It is […]

Sage in a bowl. Source of sage oil

The Benefits Of Sage

November 14, 2019 smitsa 0

Sage is a herb traditionally used as stuffing for all sorts of meats but pork and lamb are probably the most popular in Western cuisine. […]

A white bowl of eucalyptus oil, two vials and some leaves and flowers on a brown table.

The Benefits Of Eucalyptus

September 20, 2019 smitsa 0

The image of a sleepy Koala is a common vision munching on Eucalyptus leaves in Australia. It is this marsupial’s only food source which says […]

Barrenwort, bishop s hat, fairy wings, horny goatweed epimedium grandiflorum in japan

Horny Goat Weed

September 2, 2019 smitsa 1

The Horny Goat Weed is a herb that literally got its name because animals that ate the plant found it increased their libido immeasurably. It […]

Schisandra, chinese herbal medicine.

Schisandra sphenanthera

August 27, 2019 smitsa 0

Schisandra sphenanthera is one of those Chinese herbals with an interesting biochemical profile. It needs to be distinguished from its close relative which is S. […]