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Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by emoch(m): 2:24pm On Nov 22, 2012
I have been researching the health benefits of various plants and herbs and most times I hit a wall because even as most of these plants are available in Nigeria, we don't know their names in our local parlance. For instance I never knew the wonderful Neem tree is our popular Dongoyaro tree. This thread is for people to contribute their ideas on various plants in our local parlance. Below are some ideas personally know
Basil plant is known as Nchanwu(hope I spelt that right)in Igbo and Effirin in Yoruba
Henna plant is the famous Lali used mostly by northernmost for body art
Hibiscus plant is what we call here as Zobo
tamarind is called tsamia here
Tumeric is ata Ile pupa in Yoruba
Cayenne is Bawa
Chilli is Shombo in Yoruba
Black pepper is iyere in Yoruba, Oziza in igbo
Thorny pigweed/prickly amaranth is tete eleegun in yoruba

Pls post yours. Note that the plant must be indigenous to Nigeria

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Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by tpia5: 3:10am On Jul 01, 2013
you should post pictures as well.
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by tpia5: 3:12am On Jul 01, 2013

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by kaushalchandak: 9:44am On Aug 26, 2013
What is Common Amarnath known in Nigera? While researching on health benefits of Amaranth, I found that it is known by efo tete or arowo jeja. Can someone correct?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Net4Biz: 10:46pm On Sep 06
What is the Yoruba name for "Dandellion" Root or leaves?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by sammyjay76(m): 11:33pm On Sep 06
Net4Biz: What is the Yoruba name for "Dandellion" Root or leaves?
Dandellion is YANRIN IN YORUBA
Any one knows what dong quai is
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Luvlystar(f): 2:30pm On Sep 09
Pls what is the local name of Africa lavender
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by dontemi: 2:41pm On Sep 21
Please does anyone know the botanical/scientific name for Ijamo?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by esperiense: 11:30pm On Sep 24
Pls what's the yoruba name for cayenne pepper
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by sammyjay76(m): 2:31pm On Oct 24
Pls what's the yoruba name for cayenne pepper
cayenne pepper is ATA SHOMBO IN YORUBA
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 2:57pm On Oct 24
Marijuana is known as IGBO, which translates to "bush" in the Yoruba language.

The active ingredient of this herb is extracted by boiling in coconut oil mixed with water at low heat for several hours while mixing occasionally. The nasty smelling water and the weed are separated out by first straining through a cloth filter while hot, to remove and discard the solids, and then later by cooling to separate and discard the lower layer of brownish water, leaving only the top layer of activated oil that happens to be the best pain relieving balm known to man.

To get a cleaner oil free of all unwanted aromas and tastes, re-melt the fridge-solidified oil with clean boiling water and mix well, allow to cool in the fridge again, and pour away the lower layer of waste water layer a second time, to leave upper layer of medicinal coconut oil skin balm that bears no detectable odor or taste besides that of coconut.

If kept frozen this highly effective skin-applied pain-eraser becomes a light green, waxy solid that will store for years and retain potency comparable to the day it was made. This skin rub MUST be kept locked away, since its odor is ONLY that of coconut oil and NOTHING else. You would never leave a bottle of aspirin laying around in a home where children live, and the same level of caution must be exercised with this local-made skin balm, by keeping it locked away to ensure it is NEVER mistaken for cooking oil.

* For external use ONLY ! *

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2(f): 6:04pm On Oct 24
very educative thread
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2(f): 6:05pm On Oct 24
what of Cinnamon?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2(f): 6:10pm On Oct 24
clove is Kanafuru in yoruba
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2(f): 6:12pm On Oct 24
what is local name for Mint,horse nut,parsley and milk thistle?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2(f): 6:26pm On Oct 24
what is eucalyptus?
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 7:56pm On Oct 24
Miracle Fruit or Miracle Berry, is know in Yoruba as "Agbayun-kun". It is native to west Africa but is exploited commercially mostly in The Americas and the Far East, with seed stock or cuttings obtained originally from Africa, then selectively bred over decades for desirable traits.

The "miracle" of this fruit is that it contains unique compounds that "deceive" our taste buds to perceive virtually ALL foods as tasting VERY sweet, for up to 30 minutes after a Miracle Fruit has been eaten. These fruits have enormous potential for use by people who are under medical advice to reduce or remove sugar from their diets. Simply eating a miracle fruit just before a meal imparts the illusion of sweet taste to our taste buds, even when NO sugar is added to breakfast cereals, beverages, and indeed any dish or drink to which sugar is generally added for taste.

Note that this picture is magnified. The true size of the miracle fruit is about the size of your smallest finger-tip. This tree is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to germinate and grow from seed, and only slightly less challenging to propagate with cuttings. Who ever in Nigeria first unlocks the key to mass planting miracle fruit shrubs for the export market will without question retire rich at a young age.

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by andyallor(f): 11:30pm On Oct 24
Yea I remember when my aunt used to have a farm, then I was very liitle , she gave me some of the fruit and men was it good to the tougue (I wasn't a sugar sugar kind of chick still not though lol) right now av been looking for it but couldn't find it as I don't know the name or where its sold in lagos

Very lovely nut or should I say friut. Lol
Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 6:52am On Oct 25
Moringa leaves are arguably the most nutritionally rich plant in living existence on the planet. This unique powerhouse of nature is only now gaining popularity throughout Nigeria, but has been planted and eaten in the north of Nigeria for generations, where the Moringa plant is known as ZOGALA. After harvest and washing, moringa leaves are dried thoroughly, in preparation for grinding and filtration into a fine green powder that stores for up to 6 months without refrigeration.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS: By weight, Moringa Powder contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more Calcium than milk, more Iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, more Potassium than bananas, and comparable Protein to milk and eggs. Moringa powder stores at room temperature, without a need for refrigeration, for up to 6 moths with no reduction in efficacy.

HEALTH BOOSTING EFFECTS: Stronger Bones for old and young. Lactation Enhancer, for nursing mothers. Greater Energy and Endurance, Improved Memory, Revitalized Libido, More Restful Sleep, Improved Vision, Enhanced Thought Clarity, Sense of Smell, Digestion and Resistance to Infection.

MEDICAL BENEFITS: Moringa Powder improves the health of patients suffering from Hypertension, Fever, Prostate Enlargement, Diabetes, Headache, Rheumatism, Back Pain, Ulcers, External Sores, Bacterial Infections, Urinary Tract Infection, Dysentery, Bronchitis, Colitis, Gastritis, Catarrh, Malnourishment, Lethargy, Tumors and Vitamin Deficiency. For thousands of years, Moringa has cured and nourished generations of humankind throughout tropical Asia, Africa, and South America.

World-Wide , Moringa is known as the “MIRACLE TREE”, for its Healing and Nutritional Properties

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 7:30am On Oct 25
This plant is only known to me by its Yoruba name, which is ASUWON-OYINBO, and by its name in the Efik language of Nigeria's Cross River State, where it is known as ARUWANA-SI. I would be grateful if anyone who is familiar with its botanical name could be so kind as to mention it here.

This plant's leaves have very strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, such that skin afflictions like ringworm and various rashes can be cured quickly by obtaining the juice of the ground-up and crushed fresh leaves, and applying it directly to the skin for a truly fast-acting remedy.

Equally significant is the fact that the leaves of this plant, when boiled in water to make a tea, are highly effective as a mild laxative which carries none of the unpleasant side-effects of pharmaceutical laxatives. For the elderly who may suffer from slow digestion leading to constipation, drinking a tea made with just 2 leaves from this unique plant will, in the space of about 3 hours, enable the patient to void their bowels and thereby see all associated discomfort vanish. It is recommended that this tea be used NO MORE THAN once every 3 months, so as to preserve the microbial balance in the intestine.

This plant can be found in forests and also along the edge of swamps and rivers in much of West Africa. It is not cultivated on a commercial scale, to the best of my knowledge, but, it holds ENORMOUS potential as an ingredient for improved pharmaceutical remedies.

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