Saturday, December 28, 2013


Puan Hajah Intan Suhana bt Kamarudin, Pengarah Kolej Vokasional Seri Manjung telah merasmikan Reflexology Walking Path Taman Herba KVSM pada 26 Disember 2013. Tapak ini dapat dibina dengan sebahagian wang hadiah pertandingan inovasi dan juga sumbangan dari pensyarah dan staf KVSM.
Dengan adanya Reflexology Path ini, warga KVSM dapatlah menyihatkan badan semasa waktu lapang.


My friend and colleague Faizal (first picture) was the one who gave me RM250 which was part of the winnings for a competition that his Innovation Team won. That was what I started with to build the Reflexology Path in the college Herb Garden. Of course, that amount was not enough. From my estimation, I needed about RM550 and so I went about getting my colleagues and friends to contribute to my project. Happily everyone was very cooperative and in no time I managed to get the amount required. The college contractor agreed to build the path for free and so I did not need to worry about labour cost.
I had initially planned to hold the opening ceremony at the beginning of the new semester but since Faizal's request for a transfer to Sarawak has been approved and he has to report for duty at the beginning of January, I had no choice but to hold it during the holidays. I had wanted him to be present during the ceremony.
At exactly noon today, the director of the college, Puan Hajah Intan Suhana bt Kamarudin, officially declared the Reflexology Path open. It was a very simple opening ceremony. What is important is that the project was successfully carried out and now we have a beautiful walking path. The path not only helps to promote health among the denizens of the college, it also adds to the aesthetics of the Herb Garden.

Benefits of Reflexology Walking Paths
  • According to traditional Chinese medical theory, regularly walking on reflexology walking paths:
  • Stimulates reflexology areas and pressure points in your feet that correspond to all major body organs and areas.
  • Stimulates vital energy and blood flow throughout your body.
  • Relieves stress, improves balance, enhances physical and mental well-being.
  • Allows you to control the length and amount of stimulation, e.g. short, light walks on smooth stones, or longer walks on thinner, sharper-edged stones.
  • Also, cobblestone walking reflexology for elderly people and anyone in poor health or recovering from injury or illness is particularly beneficial as it's a gentle yet deep-working therapy.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


This may looked like cooked peas to you, right? Well, it is actually called terung pipit in Malay. In the English language it is known as pea eggplant as the fruit does look very much like peas. It goes by the scientific name solanum torvum and has a number of health benefits. As far as I know, it is good for helping to lower high blood pressure, to cure coughs, treat piles, asthma, chest phlegm and reduce body heat.

Yang dalam bekas itu macam kacang hijau, kan?  Tetapi sebenarnya ialah terung pipit.  Dalam Bahasa Inggeris ia dikenali sebagai pea eggplant kerana buah dia nampak seakan kacang hijau.  Nama saintifiknya ialah solanum torvum dan ia ada beberapa khasiat untuk kesihatan.  Ia digunakan untuk menurunkan tekanan darah tinggi, untuk mengubat batuk, buasir, penyakit lelah, kahak dalam paru-paru dan menurunkan panas badan.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


The apple and cinnamon detox water is quite a popular drink among the dieters. It seems that both apples and cinnamon help to raise our metabolism. Word has it that this recipe has helped quite a number of people lose weight!
Got your attention? Want to try it out?
Here is the recipe.


1 Apple thinly sliced

1 Cinnamon Stick


Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher (save a few to drop in your glass later) and then the cinnamon stick, cover with ice about 1/2 way through then with water. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.



Monday, December 16, 2013


I spotted these round brain-like mushrooms growing near the Science Lab early one morning. My colleague who was with me told me that it was most probably poisonous and not to touch it. For your information, some mushrooms can sicken or kill you if eaten. I think the type of mushrooms I saw are called "false morels." This type of mushroom has wrinkled, irregular caps that look like brain coral or saddles, with a bottom edge that hangs free around the base. They are poisonous and must be avoided at all costs.


Sunday, December 15, 2013


I haven't been updating this blog for a few months already and am feeling a bit guilty to visitors who follow Li Na Herbs.  That is why I will try and make it up by doing more posts during my year end holidays.  For starters I am sharing with you pictures of the college Herb Garden which were taken on 14th December 2013.  As it is the rainy season now, the plants all look very green healthy.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


One of the projects to beautify the college Herb Garden was to build a Reflexology Path.  The funding for the project came from some of the lecturers and staff in the college who contributed funds to buy the materials for it. The labour was provided free by the contractor who was doing some building work for the college.


When I checked on the Herb Garden this morning, I discovered that the Torch Flower (bunga kantan) was in full bloom.  Looks really magnificent.  Besides using it as an ingredient for cooking assam laksa, the Torch Flower (Etlingera elatior) has uses in traditional Malay medicine.

  1. helps one to maintain a youthful appearance;
  2. helps to remove body odour of a lady who has just given birth.  One needs to cut the stem of the flower into several small sections, pound and boil.  The water is used for bathing after it has cooled.
  3. The seeds of the plant can be used as an appetiser.
  4. It is believed that the torch flower can helped to increase a man's libido.
Before following any of the traditional remedies, it is adviser to consult a registered medical practitioner first.

Semasa melawat Taman Herba kolej pagi tadi, saya mendapati Pokok Kantan berbunga.  Cantiknya.  Selain digunakan untuk memasak Asam Laksa, Bunga Kantan (Etlingera elatior) digunakan dalam rawatan traditional Melayu.
  1. Diguakan untuk tujuan mengawet muda.
  2. Pokoknya juga boleh menghilangkan bau badan wanita yang baru lepas bersalin.Dengan cara potong batangnya pendek2 tumbuk dan rebus, air rebusan selepas sejuk dijadikan air mandian.
  3. Biji pokok kantan dikatakan boleh digunakan sebagai penambah selera makan serta menghilangkan rasa kurang bermaya.
  4. Caranya ialah tumbuk biji kantan hingga lumat, toskan biji itu untuk mendapatkan air, air kantan campur pula dengan air suam. Nah! minumlah air itu pada waktu pagi . Amalkan untuk beberapa kali.
  5. Dikatakan buah kantan juga mampu digunakan untuk menguatkan tenaga batin bagi lelaki.

Walaupun terdapat pelbagai khasiat ubatan pokok dan bunga kantan, namun begitu penggunannya perlulah mendapat nasihat daripada pengamal perubatan terlebih dahulu bagi mengelakkan kemudaratan di kemudian hari.



The Pagoda plant in the Herb Garden is blooming.  Really pretty flowers.  It is obvious why the plant is called Pagoda plant, right?  The Malays refer to it as Pepanggil (translated to mean the Caller) as they believe that it has connections to the mystic world.

Pokok Pepanggil di Taman Herba kolej kini berbunga.  Cantik, kan?  Dalam Bahasa Inggeris ianya dipanggil Pokok Pagoda kerana bunganya macam bangunan it.
Orang Melayu memberi nama pokok ini pepanggil kerana ada kaitannya dengan dunia mystic bangsa ini.

Common name/Nama Tempatan:  Pagoda Plant, Pepanggil (Malay name)
Scientific name/Nama Saintifik: Clerodendrum paniculatum
Family/Family: Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain Family)