Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The butterfly pea flower or Bunga Telang is used by Malaysians to make Nasi Kerabu and also a type of blue coloured Nyonya kuih.. However, there are some who dry the flowers and drink them as tea for health purposes. There are some who would add a few of the flowers when boiling rice, also for health purposes.

In traditional medicine, the flowers are used to treat conjunctivitis, eye infection, arthritis, rheumatism, used as a diuretic, improves eyesight, treat pimples and boils, for nourishing hair, boost body immunity and provides antioxidants.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I bought this Cermai plant for the Herb Garden in my college in 2009. It bore fruit once in 2010 but there was not much fruit. I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me yesterday. One of the janitors informed me that the tree was again bearing fruit. I went and harvested the fruit with Hajah Kamariah and Baz at around noon. We had a bountiful crop. 

Here is some info about this plant which is nicknamed Anggur Malaysia or Malaysian Grapes by the village folks. 
English name: Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Star gooseberry 
Scientific name: Phyllanthus acidus L. 
Family: Euphorbiaceae


I had a visitor this afternoon, Mr Siva Balan from KL. He read about the Kunyit Hitam plant that I posted in the herb garden blog and took leave from work to come see me to get the herb. Mr Siva met with an accident 3 years ago and the tendons on his left foot were damaged. It took a long time for him to recover. Until today his foot is still painful especially at night. As his work as an assistant estate manager require him to do a lot of walking, his foot plus leg would be painful by the end of the day His late grandmother taught him to make a poultice using the kunyit hitam plant. He did it nightly and that helped ease the pain. He had the plant growing in his garden until now. It died because of the extremely hot weather condition a couple of months ago. Unfortunately the kunyit hitam plant I featured in the blog died. However he was lucky as I was able to supply him with alternative herbs that he could use as poultice. Instead of coming for one herb, he left with 6; sireh, lemuni, patah tulang, daun puding, Snake grass and Sabah snake grass. Thank goodness my knowledge of herbs came in handy. I hope my prescription will help.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Mariposa Christia Vespertillonis

Pokok Rerama atau nama saintifiknya "Mariposa Christia Vespertillonis" berasal dari Rantau Asia. Merupakan sejenis tumbuhan renek yang tumbuh dimerata negara Asia dan kebanyakannyad itanam di negara Thailand sebagai pokok hiasan dan herba. Pokok ini mencapai ketinggian 1.5 hingga 2 kaki dalam masa empat bulan bermula dari benih. Daun yang sudah matang boleh dibuat ubat setelah mencapai tempoh empat bulan. Kajian saintifik menunjukkan herba ini berkemampuan membasmi sel cancer dan keradangan. Jika pokok dibiarkan selama setahun dan tidak dipotong, boleh capai ketinggian hingga 5-6 kaki.


Kajian saintifik penyelidik dari Jabatan Sains Bioperubatan, Fakulti Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan UPM turut berjaya menemui ciri-ciri anti kanser dan anti keradangan pada tumbuhan berkenaan. Kajian UPM turut menemui daun rerama hijau bukan sahaja boleh merawat BARAH/KANSER, tetapi juga berupaya merawat PELBAGAI PENYAKIT.

Penyakit yang boleh diirawat

• Mengubatpenyakit SLE.
• DemamDenggi
• DarahTinggi
• KencingManis
• Masalahusus (SepertiGastrik, sembelitdanciritbirit)
• Asma
• Migrain
• Resdung
• DemamCampak
• Kencingberdarah/jangkitanpadapundiKencing
• Leukimia
• Gouts
• Stroke/lumpuh (melibatkansaraf)
• Keradangan

Kanser yang Dirawat

• KanserParu-Paru
• KanserUsusBesar
• KanserServiks/Pangkal Rahim
• KanserPundiKencing
• Leukimia
• KanserRektum/Dubur
• KanserTulang
• KanserOtak
• KanserOvari
• KanserHati
• Kanser Vagina/Faraj
• KanserNodusLimpa/Lymphoma
• KanserPayudara
• Kanser Rahim
• KanserProstat
• KanserPerut
• KanserPankreas
• KanserPituitari
• KanserKelenjarLiur
• KanserKulit
• KanserMulut
• KanserHidung
• KanserTiroid
• KanserTekak
• Kanser Testis
• KanserEsofagus/SalurMakan
• KanserHempedu/SalurHempedu
• Dan Lain-Lain Kanser


Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Don't throw away your old stepladders.  You can use them in the garden as trellis for climbing plants.



These are the black garlic cloves I made using my rice cooker.  I put garlic that I bought from the market into the cooker and left them there for about a month.  For your information black garlic has lots of health benefits.  So what actually is it?
Info from Wikipedia
Black garlic is a type of caramelized garlic (a Maillard reaction, not fermentation) first used as a food ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is made by heating whole bulbs of garlic (Allium sativum) over the course of several weeks, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar or tamarind. Black garlic's popularity has spread to the United States as it has become a sought-after ingredient used in high-end cuisine.

Here is a list of the most important benefits of black garlic:

  • Black garlic has twice as more antioxidants as fresh garlic. This makes it powerful enough to decrease the risk of chronic diseases. Antioxidants act against free radicals, which damage cells leading to all kinds of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, circulatory problems, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases.
  • Antioxidants from black garlic also have many cardiovascular benefits. Black garlic helps lower the cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • It decreases the risk of cancer, thanks to its ingredient S-Allcysteine.
  • Black garlic has anti-bacterial properties; it helps fight the infections and improves immunity.



This is the kesidang or breadflower plant growing in the herb garden. The flowers give off a smell like that of the pandanus leaves, only that it has a bit of floral scent as well. There is a belief that it would not be advisable to pluck scented flowers from this plant (or similar plants with sweet smelling flowers) when dusk sets in. According to traditional beliefs, spirits, ghosts and other beings from another realm might be around and plucking the flowers might just be an invitation for them to follow the person who does the plucking.

Ini adalah pokok kesidang atau breadflower yang tumbuh di Taman Herba Kolej Vokasional Seri Manjung.  Wangi bunganya seakan daun pandan,  Dinasihati supaya jangan memetik bunga-bunga wangi dari tumbuhan ini (atau tumbuh-tumbuhan yang yang mempunyai bunga wangi) bila masuk waktu asar.   Mengikut kepercayaan tradisional, roh, hantu dan makhluk halus mungkin berada di pokok-pokok ini dan memetik bunga itu merupakan jemputan bagi mereka untuk mengikut pemetik itu.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


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Monday, January 12, 2015


Common Names / Nama tempatan: Pokok Lagundi, Lemuni Putih. Dangla, Lipuk, Tigau,

                                                          Three leaves chaste tree, Indian Privet dan Indian Wild pepper.

Scientific name / Nama Saintifik : Vitex trifolia L.

Uses / Kegunaan                           : Used in traditional medicine as a form of birth control, post natal

                                                         care, to treat coughs and also hair loss/

                                                         Ia sering digunakan dalam perubatan tradisional masyarakat 
                                                        tempatan. Akarnya digunakan untuk pencegah kehamilan, 
                                                        rawatan selepas bersalin. 
                                                        Biji pokok Lagundi juga digunakan sebagai pereda batuk, 
                                                        serta untuk merawat masalah rambut. 


Friday, January 9, 2015


Common Names/ Nama Tempatan:  Calamus, Sweet Flag, Jerangau
Scientific name/Nama Saintifik      :  Acorus Calamus
Family/Famili                                  :  Acoraceae
Place of origin/Tempat Asal            :  India and Central Asia/India dan Asia Tengah

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Common name  /  Nama Tempatan    :  Petaling
Scientific name / Nama Saintifik           ;  Ochanostachys amentacea
Family  / Famili                                     :  Olacaeae
Place of origin: Tempat Asal                 :  Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore

Monday, January 5, 2015


Common Names     :  Bael Tree, Vilvam
Scientific Name      :  Aegle marmelos
Family                     :  Rutaceae
Place of origin         :  India Utara

Friday, January 2, 2015


Common Name    :  Leopard Lily
Scientific Name    :  Iris domestica
Family                   :  Iridaceae
Place of Origin      :  East and South-east Asia

Monday, December 29, 2014


Common Names   :  Tree Jasmine, Mara Mali
Scientific Name    :  Millingtonia hortensis
Family                   :  Bignoniaceae
Place of origin       :  South-east Asia