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.
Oriental Garlic, or Allium Tuberosum, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. It grows from a little, oblong, firm, fibroid bulbs that originate from a rhizome. The plant may reach up to 50 cm in height. It produces about 2-5 fragrant, narrow, grass-like, green or greyish-green leaves (20-50 cm long) that arch down.
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.
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).
Horsetail is a perennial plant that belongs to the only living genus Equisetum in the Equisetaceae family. The herb dates back to the Palaeozoic era and is often considered a living fossil. It usually grows in the temperate climatic zones and prefers damp and moist areas. The plant is referred to as ‘horsetail’ due to the fact that it resembles the tail of a horse in appearance.
Motherwort is a perennial herbaceous plant that is native to southeastern Europe and central Asia. The plant can reach up to 60-100 cm in height. The purplish stem is covered with short pubescence. The leaves are oppositely arranged and palmatilobate with long petioles. They have jagged edges. The basal leaves are wedged with three points, the upper leaves have five points.