Sicklepod (Senna Obtusifolia) an annual or biennial bush in the Fabaceae family. It grows in Africa, Asia, Oceania, South, Central and North America. It can reach up to 2.5 m in height. The plant produces many-branched, creeping stems about 1.5-2 m long. The stems are usually pubescent when young and become almost hairless as they age. The leaves are pinnately-compound and alternate.
Withania somnifera (known as ashwagandha) is a perennial bush that belongs to the Solanaceae family. It’s a popular healing plant in Ayurvedic medicine. The name ‘ashwagandha’ derives from the Sanskrit language and signifies "the smell of a horse", probably because the roots of the herb have a horse-like scent. Ashwagandha originates from North Africa and India.
Picrorhiza (Picrorhiza Kurroa) is a perennial herb in the Plantaginaceae family that can be found mainly in the mountainous areas of the Himalayas. The coarsely serrated leaves are about 5-15 cm long. The flowers are quite little (about 8 mm across), light purple or blue, with long stamens. They usually appear in tubular spikes on leafless upright stems.
Spirulina is a variety of cyanobacteria in the Oscillatoraceae family. It is often referred to as a blue-green algae, though it is actually a living organism. It can be found both in ocean waters and in lakes. Spirulina is considered one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Aztecs were the first people to use spirulina.
Feverfew is a herbaceous flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It originates from the Caucasus, Anatolia and the Balkan Peninsula. The plant can grow up to 70 cm in height. The light green pinnatisected leaves have a pungent aroma. The flowers are similar to daisies in appearance and are produced in corymbs. They are usually about 20 mm in diameter.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a perennial flowering herb in the Fabaceae family. It’s a very important forage crop all over the world. The stem is erect, glabrous or pubescent, the upper part can grow up to 90 cm in height. The rhizomes are thick and deep. The oval leaves are trifoliate. The small blue-purple flowers are collected in clusters, the flowering period lasts for almost all summer.
Trichosanthis (Trichosanthes Kirilowii) is a perennial flowering vine that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and is native to China. This herb is included into the list of the 50 fundamental herbs utilized in traditional Chinese medicine. Trichosanthes Kirilowii can grow up to 6 m in height.
Woolly Fern is an evergreen or perennial rhizomatous fern in the Dicksoniaceae family. It originates from China and Thailand. The stems can grow up to 1 m in height, when upright, but they are often procumbent and form colonies of plants in the forests or abandoned areas. The fronds can reach up to 3 m in height.
Typha (Typha Angustifolia) is an aquatic perennial marsh herb in the Typhaceae family that can grow up to 3 m in height. It grows throughout the Northern hemisphere mainly on brackish soil. The plant can be found near the ponds, ditches, swamps, lakes, slow-flowing rivers, etc. The sword-shaped leaves are narrow, flat and about 3’-6’ tall.
Soybean (Glycine Max) is an annual herb in the Fabaceae family. It originates from southeastern Asia (including Korea, Japan, China). Soybean plant can reach up to 2 m in height. The leaves are pubescent, compound. They usually have 3 leaflets. The inconspicuous flowers are sessile, white or purple in color.