All posts by Shweta Dixit


The Ginkgo tree is easily identified by its unique fan-shaped leaves, and it is the sole remaining member of its evolutionary family, Ginkgoaceae (Isah 2015).

Sarah, Vanessa & Sofia / November 1, 2021

Almond Burfi/Kathli/diamond using Monk Fruit Sugar

This volume brings an extensive article on Monk fruit sugar which goes well as on many sweets. Here is one which combines of the goodness of almond and the zero calorie monk fruit sugar

Sivagamasundhari Sikamani (Siva) / November 1, 2021

Monk Sugar

Siraitia grosvenorii, a member of the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family,is an herbaceous perennial vine (Fig. 1) that grows from 2 to 5 meters by clinging tendrils.

Yan (Leanne) Li / November 1, 2021

Role of local traditional healers in preservation of traditional knowledge and biodiversity conservation

Traditional healers are the acclaimed people in a tribal community who provide health care to the local people. Their putative knowledge of natural resources embodying plant and animal sources and mineral substances along with conventional social, ethical, religious, magico-religious and cultural, practices is well-recognized by the indigenous community. It is this competence of the healers that that they work as medical practitioners in the region and help in social, physical and mental well-being of the people in the society.

Dr. Pooja Gupta / November 1, 2021

Know More About Plant Resource

This cross word puzzle deals with information about some plants of high economic importance.

Dr. Pooja Gupta / November 1, 2021

Diversity in Danger

Diversity in danger

Shubham Singh / November 1, 2021

Botanical Floral Art

Botanical floral art

Mary Mello / November 1, 2021

Greetings from the Editor

Welcome to Spiritual Botany Issue Eight

Praveen Saxena / November 1, 2021

Beauty of morning dew

The beauty of morning dew

Dr. Pooja Gupta / November 11, 2020

Tomato Halwa (Sweet dish or Fudge)

Tomato Halwa is a lycopene enriched, no artificial sugar added halwa (fudge) made from tomatoes and fruits. Lycopene is an antioxidant which belongs to the carotenoid family of plant nutrients.

Sivagamasundhari Sikamani / November 9, 2020

Book review: Indigenous Food Systems, Concepts, Cases and Conversations. Pricilla Settee and Shailesh Shukla, Eds. 2020. Canadian Scholars, Toronto.

The book focused on First Nations food systems within the political boundaries of today’s Canada, although the editors, who were also contributors, admitted that other Indigenous groups food systems also deserve careful attention and celebration.

Verena Kulak / November 9, 2020

The Spiritual Significance of Medicinal Plants in Traditional Healing: My Personal Experience

What does it mean to heal? Common definitions refer to healing as restoring one’s health and making them well again. But how? How does one go about the process of healing?

Catriona Downie / November 9, 2020

The Fascinating World of Plants

This quiz is not just a set of questions and answers or a small collection of facts which needs to be learnt but is about going a little beyond our regular knowledge and learning more about plants.

Dr. Pooja Gupta / November 7, 2020

Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata); an important plant in ethnomedicine

Passiflora incarnata, or purple passionflower, is one of about 520 species in the passionflower family worldwide

Andrea J Moreau / November 7, 2020

Black Cumin: A miracle herb

“In the black seed is the medicine [to cure] every disease except death”–Arab Proverb

Emily McFaul / November 7, 2020

The mythological connection between man and plants: from lores to drugs

A few plant genus/species which have a special place in collective beliefs are highlighted in this paper with reference to their medicinal values.

Anurabh Chakravarty and R. Gnanam / November 7, 2020

Greetings from the Editor

Welcome to Spiritual Botany Issue Seven

Praveen Saxena / November 6, 2020

A spicy smoothie

I have been experimenting with the incorporation of healthy ingredients used in traditional Indian recipes to combine the health benefits with great tastes in our daily diet. The following ‘Spicy Smoothie Recipe’ is based on our traditional knowledge of spices, their benefits and my personal taste. All ingredients have been commonly used in food preparation for centuries and are considered safe to consume. However, consumers are responsible for the use of these ingredients and are advised to consult their physicians...

Arun Jain / July 2, 2020

Mankind’s Best Friends

As darkness closes and predators prowl nearby,The Neanderthal seeks shelter underneath a tree,Ripping off one of its limbs and starting a hearty fire.Warmth, light and safety, provided by the ancient giants of the forest. In the dead of the winter, the pioneer wakes up the sleeping giants with his axe,Taking logs to build his cabin, which will protect his family through the freezing cold.The hearty fire now burns in his home all night long,Smoke rising up to meet the sky,...

Devanshi Shukla / July 2, 2020

Hari Parbat*

Across the lake,it would appear as the crowning jewel.It would appear slowly,from within the fog. With a change of season,the colours and shades would change.Sometimes red, sometimes yellowand sometimes appearing orange.Now, I don’t know,in what state it is in?Although it’s surrounded by water,it appears thirsty. Silently it would keep an eye on the proceedings of the city.But sometimes, in the waves of Dal Lake,it would appear dancing.It would swing to the beat of the ‘shikara’ oars,and sometimes, dance to the...

Pavneesh Madan, Manisha Madan / July 2, 2020