Zingiber cassumunar – Cassumunar ginger

Zingiber cassumunar

Zingiber cassumunar, commonly known as Cassumunar ginger or Zingiber montanum Zingiber cassumunar. References: Wikipedia, Herbpathy, MedThai, Pfaf.org, Wikimedia Commons Zingiber cassumunar. Botanical name: Zingiber cassumunar. English name:  Thai name: Phlai Family:  Genus:  Species: Parts used in traditional medicine: Rhizome Taste: Heating, Astringent, Toxis Characteristic: A Origin: Range: Asia – Central to Southern India Habitats:  Elevations:  Care: 

Barleria Lupulina – Hop-headed Barleria

Barleria lupulina Lindl., Hop-headed Barleria

Barleria lupulina Lindl., known in Thai as “Salet phang phon” and Hop-headed Barleria in English. Barleria lupulina has many healing properties that have aroused the interest of modern medicine. Barleria lupulina has many medical properties, below I have listed a few of the healing properties that Barleria lupulina is believed to have according to Thai […]

Stevia rebaudiana – Sugar leaf.

Stevia rebaudiana, Stevia, candy leaf, sweetleaf, sugarleaf

Stevia rebaudiana is also known as candy leaf or sugar leaf. Stevia rebaudiana is one of the sweetest plants known to man, it is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia has a been used for more than 1500 years by the native Indians of Paraguay and Brazil, they called it for “sweet herb” and used […]

Phyllanthus pulcher

Phyllanthus pulcher

The full botanical name is Phyllanthus pulcher Wall. ex Müll. Arg In Thai traditional medicine Phyllanthus pulcher is used for toothpaste as it is believed to cure toothache and various gum diseases. Phyllanthus pulcher is also believed to be good for stomach problems and can help treat ulcers. The leaves are also used as a pain reliever […]

Clitoria ternatea – Butterfly pea

Clitoria ternatea, Butterfly pea

Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Butterfly pea Clitoria ternatea has been and is still used widely around the world in traditional medicine and for making Butterfly pea tea.. The genus Clitoria´s name reflects the flower’s resemblance to the female genitalia. Botanists have discussed changing the name because some find it inappropriate, there have been many suggestions for other […]

Acacia Concinna – Soap-Pod

Acacia Concinna, Shikakai, Soap-Pod

Acacia Concinna, commonly known as Shikakai or Soap-Pod Acacia Concinna has since ancient times been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally it has been used for making shampoo as it has a good cleansing effect, it is mild and has a naturally low pH so it does not remove the hairs natural oils. The bark also contains high […]

How to make turmeric powder.

How to make turmeric powder

The “no boil”, “no oven” method. How to make turmeric powder? There are different ways you can do it. The method I have used here is the old-fashioned Thai way, where you do not boil the rhizomes first and do not use an oven to dry them, but let them dry in the sun. I […]

How to grow turmeric in a pot.


Learn how to grow Turmeric in a pot step by step Turmeric is an easy plant to grow. Knowing how to grow turmeric in a pot is interesting because even it is a tropical plant you can also grow in other climate zones, it does not like if the temperatures go below 18°C., but it […]

Turmeric, Curcuma longa

How to make turmeric powder

Turmeric Curcuma longa. Turmeric, in Thai called Thai Kharmin has a very long history of use, both as a medicinal plant and for cooking. The part mostly used is the root. It can be purchased as an orange powder and is famous for its use in curries, adding flavor and the yellow color. (When purchasing […]