Herbs, trees, shrubs and micro-organisms have been known to possess a wide range of medicinal properties. This segment contains articles that comprehensively analyze use of plants in medicine.
With the growing trend towards “organic” products, and “coming back to nature” worldwide, the rising interest in herbs and herbal remedies, in culinary use, heath products, medicine, cosmetics, and religious rituals is not surprising. A wide audience, including...read more
Cymbopogon martinii looks similar to lemongrass. It is a tall grass (1.8 to 2.4 meters) found in wild areas of southern Asian, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. It is widely cultivated for its essential oil. The oil was imported from India to...read more
Acorus calamus has been popular among healing traditions around the globe, including Ayurveda, Unani, and Native American medicine. The rhizome and sometimes the leaves were used in medicines. For example, travelers routinely carried calamus-based healing oils to...read more
Feature photo - Vinayaraj Commiphora wightii and C. africana are believed to be the ingredients of a composite gum called bdellium (a.k.a Bdellium Gum). Theophrastus was the first to mention bdellium, which he learned about during the campaigns of Alexander the Great...read more
Botanically, the tropical evergreen species of agarwood belongs to the genus Aquilaria and family Thymelaceae. Agarwood perfume can be extracted from eight species belonging to this genus. The four principal species are Aquilaria sinensis, Aquilaria malaccensis,...read more
Rock paintings in France, India, and other parts of the world show prehistoric humans interacting with nature. These paintings from the Stone Age date from 30000 years ago in Africa to 3300 BC (the start of the Bronze Age) in eastern Asia. They show wood, nuts,...read more
The following article appeared in Awareness magazine, July/August 2013:...read more