Scientific Name – Artemisia Pallens
- Davana oil is used in making perfumes of sweet and fruity fragrances.
- When applied on the skin, Davana is said to smell differently on different persons. This peculiar property is highly valued in high class perfumery to create fragrances with truly individual notes. The leaves and stalks are used in making bouquets, garlands, fresh or dry flower arrangements. Source : Wikipedia
Scientific Name – Stevia Rebaudiana
Uses- Stevia is a sweet herb and is fast becoming a major source of bio-sweetener replacing chemical sweeteners like Aspartame, Saccharine and Splenda and even table sugar. Dry Stevia leaf is up to 30 times sweeter than sugar.
Scientific Name – Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth
Uses – The oil is used to make perfumes. It has no synthetic or chemical substitutes and cannot be reproduced in labs, therefore, the oil from the leaves are highly valued.
Scientific Name – Coriandrum sativum
Uses – Part of the coriander family, the African Coriander emits the same flavorful smell as the Indian Dhania. In this case, just one leaf will suffice for an entire recipe. The fragrance is robust and strong. Used just the way we use cilantro in recipes.
Scientific Name: Centella asiatica
Uses: Helps improve mental alertness and general ability. Studies have shown it improves blood circulation to the brain and also helps as an adaptogen. It calms the nerves and helps alleviate anxiety.
Scientific Name – Salvia officinalis
Uses- Aromatic, cosmetic, culinary, decorative, and medicinal.Sage is used for insect repellent and for fragrance in potpourris. It stimulates the skin in facial steams, baths, and lotions. It flavors vinegars, herbal butter, omelets, soups, and poultry stuffings.
We traveled to several places to sources these plants. There were online stores selling these plants for a pretty penny, but we weren’t going to pinch our pockets to raise a few of these beauties. So we traveled around Bangalore from east to west and north to south. I will list the place names and contact info. shortly for people who want to buy these herbs and medicinal plants. They cost between Rs. 3 – Rs. 15 depending on size of plant and place of purchase.