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).
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
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.
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.
Know More About Plant Resource
This cross word puzzle deals with information about some plants of high economic importance.
Diversity in Danger
Diversity in danger
Botanical Floral Art
Botanical floral art
Greetings from the Editor
Welcome to Spiritual Botany Issue Eight
Beauty of morning dew
The beauty of morning dew
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Black Cumin: A miracle herb
“In the black seed is the medicine [to cure] every disease except death”–Arab Proverb
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.
Greetings from the Editor
Welcome to Spiritual Botany Issue Seven
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...
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,...
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...