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.
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.
Mistletoe, or Viscum album, is a hemiparasitic, evergreen, circular-shaped shrub in the Santalaceae family. It can reach up to 50 cm in height. The plant originates from southern and western Asia and Europe. It usually grows on the branches of trees: its roots penetrate into the bark and spread in the wood.
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.
Pomegranate is often referred to as the fruit of paradise. In ancient times, it was believed that pomegranate supports the body and awakens true love in the soul. Scientists have proven that this exotic delicacy strengthens immune system and fights many diseases.
Loquat is an evergreen flowering tree or shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family and is native to China. It has a short trunk, a rounded crown and lanate twigs. The height of the plant can vary from 3 to 10 m. The leaves are alternately arranged, about 10-25 cm long, dark green, tenacious, coriaceous, with serrated edges and hairy underside.
The pungent and savory aroma of cloves makes any dish more appetizing and attractive. In fact, cloves are not only an important ingredient of many east Asian dishes but also a cure for a number of health disorders. Despite their small size, cloves have a rich chemical composition and a great health-giving power.
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.
Elderberry, or Sambucus nigra, is a deciduous bush or small tree in the Adoxaceae family. It can reach up to 6 m in height. The plant can be found in temperate and subtropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The pinnate leaves grow in opposite pairs and are about 10-30 cm long. They consist of about 5-7 serrated leaflets (5-12 cm long and 3-5 cm wide).