Monday 24 November 2014

Herbs And Their Medicinal Values And Uses (Part 1)

A Visit To The Herbal Garden in Perak.

One Sunday after church, as my friends and I were having our lunch, we happened to be talking about garden plants and in the course of our conversation we found out that we have not been to the Herbal Garden near Batu Gajah in Perak. We decided to make a trip there since we share the same interest in garden plants.

We reached this place about ten in the morning and the LORD blessed us with nice, cooling weather. The entrance fee is RM2.00 per adult and RM1.00 per child.  We took our time moving around the park, learning about the medicinal values of the plants and their uses from the information displayed and we were busying snapping photographs for our knowledge and references.

I will share with you some of the plants and their medicinal values and uses that are found in the Herbal Garden.  After reading all the write-ups of the plants' medicinal values and uses, I no longer look at or treat my garden plants lightly.  In fact, I have discarded many of these plants from my garden because I did not know of their usefulness.

Use these herbs with caution as they may have side effects.
Red Button Ginger (Scientific name: Costus Woodsonii) (Top left pic.)
  • To treat high blood pressure and bladder disorder: Decoction of whole plant in water and drink.
  • To treat ear infection: Roast the small plant, then squeeze to extract a few drops of sap and put on affected area.
  • The plant juice are acidic and used to relieve fever and cough.
Mata Itek (Scientific name: Ardisia Crispa) (Top right pic.)
  • To treat inflammation of male organ: Pound the roots to a paste and apply onto it.
  • To treat diarrhea, high fever, cough, dysentery, sore breast: Use the roots to make herbal tea and drink.
  • To treat itches, sore skin (caused by parasites): Crush the leaves, mix with sulphur and apply onto affected area.
  • To treat ear ache: Drip the leaf juice into the ear.
  • To treat sore throat: Use the leaves and stem to make tea and drink.
Krisia Ungu (Scientific name: Setcreasea Purpurea) (Bottom left pic.)
  • To treat high fever: Boil the whole plant in water and drink.
Penjarang Anak (Scientific name: Ficus Variegata) (Bottom right pic.)
  • As a form of birth control: Eat the fruit as salad.
 Lidah Kucing/Kuning (Scientific name: Turnera Ulmifolia) (Top left pic.)
  • To treat scabies and sores: Roast the leaves, crush and apply.
  • To treat piles: Boil plant in water and drink.
  • For fitful sleep: Boil the leaves and flowers in water and drink.
  • To ease bowel movement: Boil the flowers in water and drink.
Ulam Raja (Scientific name: Cosmos Caudatus Kunth) (Top right pic.)
  • To improve appetite, purify the blood, strengthen bones, refresh the body and firm up the skin (maintain youthful complexion): Eat the shoots as salad.
Jari Lipan (Scientific name: Pedilanthus Tithym) (Bottom left pic.)
  • To treat poisonous centipede and scorpion bites: Use slime/sap of plant and paste onto the affected area.
  • To treat scabies and warts: Use sap and apply onto affected area.
Keembung (Scientific name: Imperata Balsamania Linn.) (Bottom right pic.)
  • To reduce swelling caused by sores, joint pains, poisonous insect bites and inflamed skin: Crush whole plant and apply onto the affected area.
  • To treat cracked nails: Crush leaves and apply onto nails. 
Terung Pipit (Scientific name: Solanum Torvum) (Top Left and right pic.)
  • To enlarge breasts: Eat fruit and leaves as a salad, or cook in curry.
  • To treat mouth sores: Squeeze juice to use as mouth gargle.
  • To treat high blood pressure: Eat fruit as salad.
  • To treat catarrh: Scrape the roots and rub it on the face.
Nyonya Makan Sireh (Scientific name: Clerodendrum Thomsoniae)
(Bottom left pic)
  • To treat ear ache: Pound the leaves and drip the juice into ear.
  • To eliminate toxins in body: Boil leaves in water to drink.
Penawar Bisa (Clinacanthus Nutans) (Bottom right pic.)
  • Antidote for poison from insect bites: Crush the leaves and apply onto the affected area.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing
plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it,
according to their various kinds. And it was so.
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed
according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it
according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:11-12, New International Version-NIV)

* All the above information are obtained from Taman Herba Negeri Perak.

For more information:
Taman Herba Negeri Perak
Batu 1, Jalan Batu Gajah,
Simpang Sindu, Mukim Sg. Raia,
31300 Kampung Kepayang,
Perak Darul Ridzuan.

Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri:  8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Sat - Sun:  Visitation (by appointment)

Stay with me....more herbs coming up in the next post!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. It is an interesting place for those who wants to know about plants and their uses.

  2. Wa, now I know the red ginger can be eaten. I thought it is more a decoration plant ;) thanks for sharing . Very informative. So I skip going there ;p

    1. You should, it is worthwhile seeing for yourself. There are many other plants that I didn't share in my posts.

  3. These are all strange, beautiful, and exotic to me. Some of these we have, but many do not grow here. I love Botanical Gardens. And your bible verse is just perfect for today's post!

    1. Thank you Ginny, some of the plants are not easy to find in towns now. Probably can still find them in the outskirts.

  4. I have planted the small white flowers (nyonya makan sireh) n my garden but never knew it was a herb. Thanks for sharing.

    1. They are very pretty plants and easy to grow too.

  5. Good to explore especially when your passion is on them! Your fingers are surely very green in time to come.. more blossoms ahead!

    1. Ha ha I am waiting for my green fingers to have magic touch.

  6. I heard of this place. Thanks for sharing the photos and info.

  7. Red Ginger flower (yellow petals) can be eaten raw. Taste like strawberry

    1. Oh, I didn't know that. Thank you for the information.


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