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.
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.
Caraway is one of the most ancient spices known to people. The seeds of the plant have a powerful healing effect. The useful properties of caraway are widely used in folk medicine and healthy eating. The range of diseases that are cured with the help of caraway is huge. Regular consumption of this spice in food is an excellent prevention and support to the body.
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.
Plantain, or Plantago major, is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering herb in the Plantaginaceae family. The plant is native to Europe and Asia, but nowadays is widespread throughout the world. The oval smooth-edged leaves are usually 5-20 cm long and 4-9 cm wide. They are arranged in a rosette which is about 15-30 cm across.
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.
Mountain ash is a small deciduous tree or shrub in the genus Sorbus. The plant is widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the Himalayas and the mountains of western China. It can grow up to 4-12 m in height. The leaves are alternately arranged, pinnate, with about 5-8 pairs of serrated leaflets and one terminal leaflet at the end.
Since ancient times sage has been known for its healing properties. The very name of the plant "salvia" is translated from Latin as "to be healthy". Hippocrates considered this herb to be sacred. Egyptians widely used sage as they believed into its ability to prolong life and improve general health. Moreover, sage was utilized as a remedy for female infertility.
Lemon balm is a herbaceous perennial plant that has a distinctive lemon scent. It originates from the southeastern Europe, Mediterranean region, Central Asia and Iran. Lemon balm usually grows up to 70-150 cm in height. The leaves are similar to mint leaves and can vary in color from yellowish green to dark green. The flowers are small, white or light yellow and rich in nectar.