Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants found in Afghanistan

  • Anise Seed
    The Oil is used to flavor bad tasting medicines
  • Asafoetida
    An antispasmodic: used as a poultice on wounds; to prevent cold; to aid digestion
  • Caraway
    This is used to improve digestion, blood circulation. It is also used to cover-up
    unpleasant tasting medicines
  • Common Jujube
    This is used for dysentery; to calm fevers; as a stimulant
  • Common Olive
    The oil is used for constipation
  • Common Wormwood
    The powder is used to treat malaria
  • Coriander
    This is used to improve digestion
  • Cilician Tulip
    The bulbs are eaten to obtain strength
  • Cumin
    To improve digestion
  • Fleawort
    This is used as a laxative
  • Garlic
    This is used for malaria, scorpion stings, and skin infections
  • Great Burdock
    The roots are used for venereal diseases
  • Hairy Onosma
    This is basically used to color certain medicines red
  • Henbane
    The leaves are used as a poultice for syphilitic ulcers
  • Holarrhena
    The oil is taken to combat dysentery and diarrhea. It is also used as an aphrodisiac
  • Leopard bane
    This is a depressant; used for snakebites and scorpion stings
  • Licorice Root
    This is used as a laxative and a masking agent
  • Marihuana
    Used as a painkiller
  • Madwort
    This is used for asthma and nervous disorders
  • Morning Glory
    This is used for lumbago and as a purgative
  • Opium poppy
    Used as a painkiller
  • Oriental Sesame
    This is mixed with opium to treat rheumatism
  • Red Pepper
    This is used to aid digestion
  • Rice
    Rice water is used for diarrhea and certain chest problems
  • Ripple seed Plantain
    This is used for diarrhea and dysentery; mucilage is also made from the plant
  • Safflower
    The oil of safflower is used to treat rheumatism
  • Saffron
    This is used to cool a fever, and as an antispasmodic and aphrodisiac
  • Sage
    This plant is used to stop excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Santolin Yarrow
    Good for headaches and toothaches
  • Sweet flag
    Just a stimulant
  • Yellow bark Cinchona
    The powder is used to treat malaria