Medicinal Plants

Scientific Name Common Name Plant Description
Aloe vera Aloe Treats burns and sunburn
Aloyisia citrodora Lemon Verbena Antiseptic, insect repellant, relaxant
Artemesia annua Sweet Wormwood Potential cure for AIDS and malaria
Biophytum sensitivum Life Plant, Mukkutty, Sensitive Plant Plants that Move, medicinal
Catharanthus roseus Madagascan periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle
Chamaemelum nobile Chamomile Anti-stress, aids sleep. Lightens hair
Digitalis lanata Foxglove Cardiac treatment
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove Cardiac treatment
Dioscorea discolor Yam Diosgenin extract is basis of contraceptive pill
Echinacea purpurea Purple Cone Flower Treatment of colds and flu
Ephedera Ephedera/Ephedra Treatment for asthma and hayfever. Performance enhancing drug
Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus Used to make throat pastilles and cough syrups
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo Believed to improve memory and concentration
Gynura procumbens Longevity Spinach Thai treatment for diabetes
Hypericum perforatum St. John’s Wort Anti-depressant
Inula helenium Elecampane, scabwort, elfswort Treatment for coughs and asthma. Used to produce absinthe
Iris germanica var. florentina Orris Used in the production of gin and perfumes
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Grosso’ Lavendar Healing properties
Melaleuca alternifolia Tea Tree Antiseptic
Narcissus ‘Carlton’ Large-cupped Daffodil Galanthaminefor used to treat Alzheimer’s disease
Oenothera deltoides Dune evening primrose
Papaver somniferum Opium Poppy Medicinal
Pogostemon cablin Patchouli Relaxing properties
Senna alexandrina Senna/Canna Laxative
Seronoa repens Saw Palmetto Treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer
Sutherlandia frutescens Cancer bush, balloon pea Cure for AIDS and cancer
Taxus baccata Yew, English Yew Treatment for breast cancer
Taxus brevifolia Yew, Pacific Yew, Western Yew Treatment for breast cancer
Valerian officinalis Valerian