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ACHIOTE TREE, ANNATO, Bixa orellana, food coloring, , bixin, norbixin, digestive disorders, stomach ulcer, antiseptic, carotenoids, diabetes

BLIGHIA SAPIDA, ackee, aki, nourishing tropical fruit, dietary, potentially toxic, toxic seeds, medicinal leaves

ALOE VERA , or barbados aloe,ALOE VERA , or barbados aloe, a medicinal plant soothing, moiturizing, healing wounds and burns, wth an immunostimulating mucilage or gel, laxative sap potentially toxic

ANDROGRAPHIS paniculata, king of bitters, medicinal herb, against infections, influenza, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, immunomodulator

ARGAN TREE AND ARGAN OIL , cosmetic and dietary, virgin oil for skin and health, Morocco

ARTICHOKE, cynara scolymus, artichoke leaves to drain the liver and biliary vesicle, to lower blood cholesterol, to fight constipation

ASH TREES, FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR, FRAXINUS ORNUS , fraxinus americana, fraxinus chinensis, medicinal and useful trees, manna, rheumatism, joint pain, slimming regime, arthrosis, laxative, constipation, anti-inflammatory ,diuretic

ASTRAGALUS ROOT Astragalus membranaceus, Astragalus mongholicus, huang qui, traditional chinese medicine, to prevent infections, immunomodulatory, cancer prevention, chronic fatigue, endurance, anti-aging, asthma

AVOCADO PERSEA AMERICANA , dietetic and nourishing fruit, vitamins, and fatty acids, dermatology, periondontopathy, sclerodermy

BACOPA BRAHMI medicinal plant to improve memory , and intellectual performance, to calm hyperactive chidren, in case of anxiety and nervousness, or after a stroke

BANANA AND BANANA TREE , plantain, , musa species, dietetic and nourishing fruit, antiseptic and astringent sap against infections, bleeding, haemorrhage, skin and mucous irriation

AFRICAN BAOBAB, ADAMSONIA DIGITATA, a revered and protected tree, , nutricious and dietetic fruit pulp, oilseeds with edible kernels, cosmetic oil, nutritious leaves, protection against type 2 diabetes, antipyretic bark extract

MALPIGHIA EMARGINATA, West Indian cherry, Barbados cherry, acerola, , superfruit, hypervitamin, vitamin C, tissue protection, fatigue, viral infections, cancer, diabetes

BASIL OCIMUM BASILICUM, ocimum micranthum, ocimum gratissimum, culinary herbs and medicinal plants , esssential oil, antiseptic, digestive


ARECA CATECHU ,BETEL NUT, ARECA NUT, traditional quid, esophagal and mouth cancer, hypertension, diabetes, arecolin,

MOMORDICA CHARANTIA, bitter gourd, karela , margose, antidiabetic, antiviral dermatosis, infection, edible vegetable, momordica cochinchinensis, gac, momordica foetida

VERNONIA AMYGDALINA, BITTER LEAF, NDOLE, EWURO, ONUGBU, KONGO BOLOLO, AFRICAN FOOD AND MEDICINAL PLANT, fevers, digestive disorders, intestinal parasites, diarrhea, dysentery, protection of the liver and heart, diabetes

BLACKBERRY, RASPBERRY, BRAMBLE, RUBUS species, medicinal and dietetic herbs , and fruits, astringent, antioxidant, diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disorders, natural tea


BLACK PEPPER, PIPER NIGRUM, SPICE AND MEDICINAL PLANT, to facilitate digestion, to increase appetite, essential oil analgesic against dental pain , caryophyllene anti inflammatory and against neuropathic pain

BOLDO PEUMUS BOLDUS for liver diseases and biliary disorders, dyspeptia, constipation, anti-inflammatory properties, boldo tea, health tea, toxic essential oil , chile, argentina

BORAGE, Borago officinalis, medicinal herb ,and medicinal seed oil, toxic alcaloids

BREADFRUIT, Artocarpus altilis, dietetic and nourishing, Pacific islands, medicinal plant

BURDOCK , ARCTIUM LAPPA , greater burdock, depurative plant to cure acne and chronic furunculosis, diabetes, cancer, influenza and flu , colitis, polyarhtritis

PETASITES, PETASITES HYBRIDUS, medicinal plant for prevention and treatment of MIGRAINES, hay fever, allergic rhinitis

ESCHSCHOLTZIA, CALIFORNIAN POPPY, sleep disorders, insomnia, medicinal plant , sedative, anxiolytic, tranquillizing, mild analgesic, and against migraines

CANNABIS SATIVA INDIAN HEMP MARIJUANA , cannabinoids , THC, CBD, CBN, anti-asthmatic, antalgic, neuropathic pains, antispasmodic, multiple sclerosis

CARAPA ANDIROBA TOULOUCOUNA OIL, Carapa guyanensis,, Carapa procera, medicinal and cosmetic oil, soothing, anti-inflammatory, insecticide, repellent

CASSIA, SENNA, GOLDEN RAIN TREE, COFFEE SENNA,, CANDLE BUSH, EGYPTIAN SENNA, medicinal plant, against constipation, laxative, fever, skin diseases

RICINUS COMMUNIS, CASTOR OIL PLANT, toxic plant, ricin, ricinine, oleaginous plant, castor oil, skin care, industrial uses, cancer

CHASTE TREE, CHASTE BERRY, VITEX AGNUS CASTUS, menopausal disorder, acne, menopause, infertility, disorders due to hyperprolactinemia,insufficiency of milk secretion, periodic mastalgia

PEPPER, CHILI PEPPER , CAPSICUM, PEPPER, CHILI PEPPER , CAPSICUM, jalapeno, cayenne pepper, capsaicin, analgesic, eupeptic, to promote appetite, vitamin C

CHRYSANTHELLUM, medicinal plants from South america and tropical Africa, to treat poor digestion of fats, hepatitis, blood lipid disorders (cholesterol, triglycerides), varicose veins or the tendency to bruise.

Sri lanka cinnamon, Chinese cinnamon,aromatic bark, CEYLON CINNAMON , spice , essential oil, aromatherapy, phytotherapy, infections, digestive, urinary, furunculosis, diabetes

CLOVE , CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL , EUGENOL, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, anesthesic, dental pain , infections , SPICE

ERYTHROXYLON COCA ,COCA LEAF ,ALKALOID COCAINE, mate de coca, herbal tea, antalgic, stimulant, against IRS, high altitude sickness, colitis

COCOA CHOCOLATE THEOBROMA nourishing,stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxydant, coca butter

COCONUT TREE , medicinal and useful , COCONUT OIL, coconut milk, cosmetic, nutritious, coconut water, coconut heart

CORIANDER , CILANDRO, coriander fruit, essential oil, antibacterial, antifungal, digestive, spasmolytic, curry powder, spice, condiment, coriander leaves

BLUEBERRY, CRANBERRY, dietary and medicinal plant, urinary tract infections, cystitis, protection of blood vessels

DANDELION TARAXACUM OFFICINALE hepatic disorders, constipation, slow digestion, digestive migraine, hypercholesterolemia, type2 diabetes, diuretic, slimming

DATURA toxic medicinal plant, atropine, scopolamine, hyoscyamine, hallucinogenic, antalgic, sedative

DOG ROSE, ROSE HIP, medicinal wild fruit with Vitamin C , bedeguar, tannin, anti-inflammatory,

BLACK ELDER, ELDERBERRY ,EUROPEAN BLACK ELDERBERRY, sambucus nigra, antioxydant, antiviral, seasonal flu, colds, diuretic

EUPHORBIA HIRTA or pilulifera, asthma herb, medicinal plant in Africa and Asia, properties and benefits, AMEBIAL DYSENTERY, diarrheal disorders, asthma, bronchitis, soothing, pain killer, sedative, menstrual pain

EUCALYPTUS , MELALEUCA, TEA-TREE, medicinal trees with bactericidal essential oil, bronchitis, respiratory infection, flu, cystitis, diabetes

FENNEL FOENICULUM VULGARE condiment and medicinal herb, essential oil, eupeptic digestive, carminative, with anethole, estragole and fenchone

COMMON FUMITORY, Fumaria officinalis, antispasmodic, sedative, medicinal plant for diskinesia of biliary duct, migraine, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis

GARCINIA, mangosteen, malabar tamarind, hydroxycitic acid, slimming regime, camboge

GARLIC , Allium sativum, a traditional and modern medicinal plant against hypertension, blood lipids disorders, arteriosclerosis, cancer, infections and rhumatoid conditions

GERMAN CAMOMILE, matricaria recutita = matricaria chamomilla,medicinal plant, essential oil, digestive disorders, anxiety, insomnia, skin diseases, eczema

GINGER, ZINGIBER, spice, seasoning, medicinal plant, essential oil, , nausea, motion sickness, vomiting, digestive disorders, diabetes, pains

GINGKO BILOBA : medicinal tree, vascular disease,, chronic arteritis, intellectual deficit , dizzines, tinnitus, venolymphatic insufficiency, Alzheimer disease, anxiety, schizophrenia

GINSENG, Panax ginseng, eleutherococcus, medicinal plants, adaptogenic plants, fatigue, performance, memory, infection, cancer, stress, arteriosclerosis, dabetes

GOJI, WOLFBERRY, GOJI BERRY, immunostimulation, anti-aging, viral infections, diabetes, cancer , vitamin C.

Centella asiatica, Indian pennywort, GOTU KOLA, MANDUKPARNI,, medicinal plant, varicose , ulcers, dermatoses, cognitive impairement, anxiety, diabetes

VITIS VINIFERA GRAPE RED VINE RESVERATROL WINE vascular prootection, myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, grapeseed oil, edemas, free radicals

GRIFFONIA SIMPLICIFOLIA african medicinal plant,, 5HTP, serotonin, antidepressant, anxiety, sleep disorders, impotence, low libido, bulimia, weaning of drugs

GUAVA TREE AND GUAVA FRUIT (Psidium guajava) , medicinal plant and dietetic fruit, tannins and vitamin C

HAWTHORN, Crataegus, species, sedative medicinal plant, extrasystoles, tachycardia, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness

Calluna vulgaris, COMMON HEATHER , Erica cinerea, BELL HEATHER , diuretic, antioxydant, urinary antiseptic ,soothing skin care, cystitis, urinary infection health tea

HOP PLANT, HOPS, HUMULUS LUPULUS, beer, digestive disorders, insomnia, sleep disorders, menopausal disorders

AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM, horse-chestnut tree, horse chestnut, veno protection, hemorrhoids, varices, veno insufficiency, oedema, .

EQUISETUM ARVENSE, FIELD HORSETAIL, COMMON HORSETAIL, medicinal herb, silicon,, calcium, potassium, osteoporosis, arthrosis, rheumatism, remineraliation, cystitis, urinary disoerders, small bleeding

HYPERICUM PERFORATUM St john's wort depression, anxiety, , anxiolytic, sleep disorders, insomnia, painful wounds and burns

ORTHOSIPHON, JAVA TEA , diuretic, slimming regime, cystitis, urinary disorders, kydney stones, lithiasis, moderate hypertension, antidiabetic type 2

JUJUBE, RED DATE, CHINESE DATE, ZIZIPHUS, BER, SIDR, medicinal fruit, medicinal leaves, calming, insomnia, diabetes.

COMMON JUNIPER, CADE JUNIPER, juniper essential oil, cade oil, juniper berry, gin, digestion, urinary disorders, fever, tonus, wounds, skin infections, antibacterial and antifungal essential oil, dermatosis, veterinary medicine

KAVA, Piper methysticum, traditional medicinal plant, traditional drink, south pacific, sedative, soothing, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, potentially hepatotoxic

CATHA EDULIS , KATH or QAT, African drug, amphetamine, excitant, alkaloid, drug, prohibited, stimulant, khat leaves, cathinone, Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia

KINKELIBA or QUINQUELIBA, Combretum micranthum, AFRICAN medicinal tree, health tea, liver, diabetes, diarrhea, hepatitis, inflammations, ramadan fasting

KOLA NUT , cola nitida, cola acuminata, stimulating, tonic, euphoriant, slimming regime, african plant , ceremonial , muslim faith, ramadan

KUDZU PUERARIA MONTANA, properties and benefits, food and medicinal plant, alcohol withdrawal, smoking cessation, coronary disorders, type 2 diabetes, obesity, menopause

LANTANA camara, lantana involucrata, medicinal herbs, herbal tea, against fever and skin infection, toxic fruit

LAUREL, BAY TREE, Laurus nobilis, aromatic herb, spice, essential oil, digestive, antibacterial, respiratory infections, bronchitis, cutaneous infections, boils, aleppo soap.

LAVENDER, lavandula angustifolia, lavandula latifolia, essential oil, respiratory infections, wounds, skin infections, burns, zona, insomnia, mild anxiety, nervousness

INDIAN LEMONGRASS , LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL, ,digestion, soothing, sleep disorders, sedative, mycosis, acne, insects repellent

LEMON VERBENA ,CEDRON , lemon verbena essential , oil, to facilitate digestion, to induce sleep, south american lemon balm

LICORICE GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA , enoxolone, flavoring, medicinal plant, anti inflammatory, anti viral, anti cancer

TILIA ,LINDEN TREE, LIME TREE, medicinal tree, anxiety, nervousness , sleep disorder, biliary problems, migraines, digestive disorders, hypertension

FLAX, LINSEED, LINSEED OIL, dietary supplement ,omega 3 and omega 6, constipaton, irritable bowel syndrome, hypercholesterolemia, phytoestrogens

MANGO FRUIT, MANGO TREE, Mangifera indica, , medicinal and dietary, mango leaves, bark, kernel, edible oil, diabetes, anti-inflammatory, VIMANG

MEADOWSWEET, filipendula ulmaria, medicinal herb against pain and fever, diuretic and aromatic,

MILK THISTLE CARDUS MARIANUS ,liver protection , hepato protector, hepatitis acute or chronic, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, toxic hepatitis, cirrhosis,sylimarin, sylibin

MINT , pepper mint, spearmint, pennyroyal mint, medicinal herbs and essential oil, irritable bowel syndrome, herbal tea, bronchitis, colitis, soothing, calming, antispasmodic

NONI, MORINDA, INDIAN MULBERRY, medicinal plant, noni juice, dietary, immunostimulation, cancer, against aging, yellow dye

Moringa oleifera, MORINGA, HORSERADISH TREE, MEDICINAL TREE, dietary leaves, proteins, infants, pregnant women, water purification, peptide FLO

NEEM, NEEM TRE, NEEM OIL, Azadirachta indica , melia azedarach, insecticidal, purgative, antihelminthic, animycotic, antidiabetic, diuretic, spermicidal, antiviral, fever

COMMON NETTLE, SMALL NETTLE, medicinal and useful plants, URTICA DIOICA, URTICA URENS, prostatic adenoma, dietary, iron, proteins, vitamins, hypercholesterolemia

Dacryodes edulis NSAFU or SAFOU, bush butter tree, african pear, nourishing fruit, cooking oil, medicinal leaves, diabete, infections fungal dermatoses, fever, skin care, medicinal resin, incense

NUTMEG, Myristica fragrans, spicy, aromatic, condiment, digestive, aphrodisiac, tonic, but toxic essential oil antibacterial, colitis, gallblader infections, analgesic but potentially very toxic, myristicin

OKRA, GOMBO, Pacific cabbage, abelmoschus species, mucilage emollient soothing, anti-inflammatory, gastric disorders, esophagitis, inflamed skin, dietary green vegetables

NERIUM OLEANDER THEVETIA , PINK LAUREL, YELLOW LAUREL , decorative but toxic, poisoning,cardiotonic cardenolides

OLIVE OLIVE TREE, OLIVE OIL, Olea europaea, hypertension, blood lipids, diabetes, cardio-vascular disorders, olive oil dietetic and medicinal

OPIUM POPPY, OPIUM, Papaver somniferum, medicinal plant, pain, latex, morphine, antalgic, analgesic, addiction, opiate alcaloids

PRICKLY PEAR, OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA, INDIAN FIG, edible and medicinal cactus, fodder in arid countries, protection against diabetes, sliming diet, cosmetic oil

SWEET ORANGE, BITTER ORANGE, medicinal plant and dietetic fruit, essential oil, calming, soothing, sedative, to facilitate digestion, slimming regime

PAPAYA, PAPAW, Carica papaya, dietary fruit, medicinal latex, medicinal leaves, seeds, roots, papaya seeds oil, papaine, chymopapaine, digestion, proteins, inflammation, cancer, dengue fever

PARSLEY , PETROSELINUM, leaves, root and essential oil , condiment and medicinal herb, digestive, diuretic , antioxidant, vitamin C, parsley essential oil, antispasmodic but potentially toxic , apiol, myristicin

PASSIONFLOWER , PASSION FRUIT, PASSIFLORA, passiflora incarnata, maracuja, delicious fruit, vitamin C, leaves for insomnia, irritability, anxiety, sleep disorders

PINK PEPPER TREE, Schinus molle, Schinus terebenthifolius, properties and benefits, spice and essential oil, against infections, pain, digestive and urinary disorders, high blood pressure, mouth care, insecticide repellen

PHYLLANTHUS NIRURI, URINARIA, AMARUS, medicinal herbs, seed under leaf, stone breaker, urinary lithiasis, diabetes, hepatitis, cystitis, cancer, health tea

PINEAPPLE, ananas comosus, ananas sativa, dietary tropical fruit, vitamins, to digest, anti inflamatory, edema, oedema, trauma, cellulite

PINK PERIWINKLE , Madagascar periwinkle, medicinal herb, Catharantus roseus, vinblastine, vincristine, raubasine, to cure cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma

PLANTAIN, medicinal plant, edible plant, heals wounds, treats bronchitis, conjunctivitis, insect bites

POMEGRANATE AND POMEGRANATE JUICE, dietetic and medicinal, vitamin C, protection against free radicals, inflammation, arteriosclerosis, complications of diabetes, obesity, digestive cancer

Calendula officinalis , POT MARIGOLD, field marigold, common daisy ,medicinal herbs, skin care, infections, wounds, burns, radiotherapy, antibacterial , anti-inflammatory

COMMON PURSLANE PORTULACA OLERACEA medicinal and dietetic herb , vitamin C, minerals, omega 3, antioxydant, CRETIAN DIET

RADISH BLACK RADISH WHITE RADISH DAIKON properties and benefits, dietary, medicinal, insufficiency o biliary secretion, digestive migraine, constipation, common respiratory infection, cancer prevention, diabetes

REISHI or LINGZHI, GANODERMA LUCIDUM medicinal mushroom, to strengthen immunity, against cancer, infectious diseases, aging, fatigue, asthenia, aids

GOLDEN ROOT, RHODIOLA ROSEA, adaptogenic medicinal plant , stress,effort, exercise, exams,,impotence,endurance, fatigue, depression

RHUBARB medicinal plant, edible plant, rhubarb root, rhubarb leaves and petioles, laxative, dietary, traditional chinese medicine

FUCUS , ASCOPHYLUM ,BLADDER WRACK , ROCK WEED, FUCUS , ASCOPHYLUM,,BLADDER WRACK , ROCK WEED, iodine, obesity, slimming regime, thyroid, tonus, fucans, alginates, cancer ,radioactivity

ROSEMARY SALVIA ROSMARINUS ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS , for the biliary tract, essential oil, antiseptic, tonic, medicinal plant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, to prevent cancer

BUTCHER'S BROOM, RUSCUS ACULEATUS , varicose veins, hemorrhoids, capillary fragility, venotonic, phlebitis

COMMON SAGE, SALVIA OFFICINALIS anti-inflammatory, antiviral, digestive, to enhance memory, antiseptic,to calm heavy seat and hot flashes, anioxydant

SAPODILLA, CHIKOO, Manilkara zapota, Achras sapota, delicious and dietetic tropical fruit, anti-diabetic leaves, latex, chicle, chewing gum

SERENOA REPENS, sabal serrulata, SAW PALMETTO, to decrease symptoms of an enlarged prostate or BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH)

SEA BUCKTHORN, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES, dietetic fruit, immunostimulating , vitamin C, E, K, carotenoids, sea buckthorn oil, viral infection, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease

SHEA BUTTER TREE, SHEA BUTTER properties, food, fat, skin care, massage, leaves and bark, tannin, anti-inflammatory, diarrhea, dysentery

SOURSOP, graviola, SUGAR APPLE, sweetsop, nutritious fruit and juice, medicinal plants sedative, insecticide, anti-cancer, higenamine, annonin, annonacin

SPIRULINA ARTHROSPIRA, blue breen algae, dietary, to boost immunity, to prevent cancer, to prevent senescence and aging, dermatology

STEVIA, stevia rebaudiana, natural sweetener, to prevent diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, tooth caries

SWEET CLOVER, YELLOW MELILOT, melilotus officinalis, venous insufficiency, hemorroid, varices, anti-oedemic, phlebitis, honey plant, coumarin, dicoumarol

TAMANU, TEMANU ,CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM, medicinal oil, and balm, chronic ulcers, skin diseases, eczema, hemorroids, wounds, painful wounds, massage oil

TAMARIND Tamarindus indica, tropical tree, fruit pulp mild laxative, tropical cooking, seeds oleaginous and antioxydant, diabetes, joint disorders

TEA TREE , Melaleuca alternifolia, medicinal tree, TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, acne, skin infections, warts,candidosis, fungal dermatoses, inflammation post radiotherapy

THYME Thymus vulgaris, medicinal and culinary herb,
digestive and antioxydant, essential oil antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial , antispasmodic

TOBACCO, nicotiana tabacum, nicotine, vaping, e-cigatette, addiction, bronchitis and cancer

TURKEYTAIL CORIOLUS VERSICOLOR TRAMETES VERSICOLOR, medicinal mushroom to boost immune system, prevent infections, as adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy

TROPICAL ALMOND, Terminalia catappa, Terminalia chebula, medicinal properties, triphala medicine, beach almond, indian almond, tannins, food and medicine panacea, ayurvedic medicine

TURMERIC, CURCUMA LONGA, spice and dye, medicinal plant, essential oil, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, protection against cancer, anti inflammatoiry, arthrosis

VALERIAN, Valeriana officinalis, medicinal herb, INSOMNIA ,SLEEP DISORDERS, anxiety, anxiolytic, sedative calming

WALNUT, JUGLANS REGIA, medicinal tree, leaves and husk, dietary nut and oil, astringent anti-inflammatory, antioxydant

WHITE WILLOW, SALIX ALBA, medicinal bark, properties like aspirin, against fever, pain, inflammation, arthrosis pain, back pain,

WITHANIA SOMNIFERA ASHWAGANDHA, medicinal plant, adaptogenic, , antistress, calming, improve sleep, boost immunity, anti-aging, anticancer, against infections, anti-inflammatory

YARROW, achillea millefolium, hemostatic, , healing nose bleed, antihaoemorrhagic topically, antispasmodic, digestive, dysmenorrhea, diuretic, hypertension, cystitis

TAXUS BACCATA, Common Yew, and other species of TAXUS, toxic tree, oncology, chemotherapy, cancer, paclitaxel, taxol, docetaxel, taxotere

YLANG YLANG, CANANGA ODORATA , essential oil, soothing, calming, aphrodisiac, antihypertensive, antiseptic, perfumery