COMMON MEDICINAL HERBS IMAGES BOTANICAL AND THEIR LOCAL NIGERIAN NAMES.

Medicinal herbs are plants that are used for medicinal purposes. Other types of herbs include culinary herbs ( used to flavour food), aromatic herbs ( used to add fragrance). Medicinal herbs cover a wide range of types of plants. They can be annual or perennials; woody or herbaceous; sun loving or shade requiring. The parts use for medicinal purposes may be their leaves, flowers, root, seeds or bark. Medicinal herbs have been in use by both plants and animals for many thousand years. Not surprisingly many medicinal plants have a rich folklore associated with them. This cultural history is an important part of many communities in Nigeria and many other countries. In addition to their cultural importance, many medicinal herbs are important economically. Due to Nigeria’s topographical advantage, many medicinal herbs survive naturally or can be cultivated for their economic and medicinal uses.

However, despite the wide research and scientific evidence in support of traditional claims of medicinal herbs by researchers worldwide, many of the herbs are still largely untapped. The reason been the problem of identification as the science journals which frequently publish the findings usually utilize the scientific names of the plants which is not familiar to many who does not understand such botanical jargons.

This post is aim to provide common and Nigerian names to medicinal herbs to ease the identification and possibly the utilization of these wonderful herbs. You are also free to share the names of plants in your local language using the comment box below. Let’s help someone identify the herbs! . Thanks.

 

 

 

Medicinal uses of pupalia lappacea and local Nigerian names
1.  Pupalia lappacea

Common names:  Forest burr, Creeping cock’s comb.

Nigerian names:        Emo-agbo ( Yoruba);  mama-agbo ( Bassa Nge);  Marin KASU ( Hausa);  ose ( Igbo).

Medicinal uses

 

Medicinal uses of pseudocedrela kotschyi and local Nigerian names
2.  Pseudocedrela kotschyi

Common names:  Dry-zone cedar, hard cedar-mahogany.

Nigerian names: Juna (Hausa); akodinrin (Yoruba).

 

Medicinal uses of psidium guajava and local Nigerian names
3. Psidium guajava

Common name:  guava

Nigerian names: guaba (Yoruba); goba ( Hausa); ugwoba ( Igbo).

 

Medicinal uses of ricinus communis and local Nigerian names
4.  Ricinus communis

Common name: Castor bean.

Nigerian names: Lara (Yoruba); ogili ugba (Igbo); eraogi (Edo); cika-gidaa (Hausa).

Medicinal uses of castor oil plant

 

Medicinal uses of piliostigma thonningii and local Nigerian names
5.  Piliostigma thonningii

Common names: Camel’s foot; monkey bread; wild bauhinia.

Nigerian names: Abafe (Yoruba); nyihar (Tiv); kalgo (Hausa); okpoatu ( Igbo); amukpakpa ( I gala).

 

Medicinal uses of physalis angulata and local Nigerian names
6.  Physalis angulata

Common names: angular winter cherry; balloon cherry; cutleaf groundcherry; gooseberry;  hogweed; wild tomato.

Nigerian names: koropo ( Yoruba); ogwu ari (Igbo); tsaada biri ( Hausa).

Medicinal uses of parkia biglobosa and local Nigerian names
7. Parkia biglobosa

Common names: African locust bean tree.

Nigerian names: dorowa (Hausa); igi iru ( Yoruba); ogiri (Igbo).

 

Calotropis procera medicinal uses and local Nigerian names
8. Calotropis procera

COMMON NAME: Giant milk weed

NIGERIAN NAMES:  Bomubomu (Yoruba), Tumfafiya (Hausa).

 

 

Medicinal uses of Heliotropum indicum and local Nigerian names
9. Heliotropium indicum

Family : Boraginaceae

COMMON NAME:  Indian heliotrope, beak of the vulture,

Nigerian names: agogo-igun or aparigun ( Yoruba), kalkashin kooraama(Hausa), Agukwu (Igbo).

 

Medicinal uses of Grewia mollis and local Nigerian names
10. Grewia mollis

Family: Malvaceae

Common name

Local Nigerian names: Origo (Yoruba), Dargaza (Hausa).

 

Medicinal uses and local Nigerian names of gomphrena celosioides
11. Gomphrena celosioides

Family: Amaranthaceae

Common name :Bachelor’s button,  Postrate globe amaranth

Local Nigerian names: Ipopo-ale (Yoruba)

 

12. Gloriosa superba

Family : Colchicaceae

Common Names: flame lily,  fire lily, glory lily,  tiger claw lily,  climbing lily

Nigerian names: ewe aje,  ewe akalamagbo (Yoruba)

 

Gardenia ternifolia image
13. Gardenia ternifolia

Family: Rubiaceae

Common names: powder-bark gardenia, mutara.

Nigerian names:

 

14. Flueggea virosa

Family: Euphorbiacease

Common names: white berry bush, wild bush weed.

Local Nigerian names: Itachen-gado, gwiiwaar karee Hausa), njisinta ( Igbo), Iranje (Yoruba).

 

15. Euphorbia kamerunica

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common name: fence cactus

Nigeria names: garuru(Kanuri), abananya(Igbo), agondo(Tiv),

Oro(Yoruba)

 

16. Euphoria heterophylla

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: fire plant, painted euphorbia, Japanese poinsettia, desert poinsettia, fire on the mountain, milkweed , kaliko plant.

Nigerian names: egele, egunjobi, akun esan (Yoruba), ozigban (Edo), noonon kurciyaa (Hausa), obuani, oba ala (Igbo).

17. Dialium guinense fruit

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: velvet tamarind, black tamarind, tumble tree, black timber.

Nigerian names: awin, igbaru (Yoruba), icheku (Igbo), tsamiyar kurm (Hausa).

 

18. Detarium microcarpum

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: sweet detar, sweet daltock, tallow tree.

Nigerian names: arira(Yoruba), gogoyi(Gwari), taura (Hausa).

 

19. Desmodium velutinum

Family: Papilionoidae

Common names: chit kiboota, latka (India)

Nigerian names: emo (Yoruba), EMA (Igala, Bassa Nge), danka (Hausa), Dafi (Damgere).

20. Datura stramonium

Family: Solanaceae

Common names: Jimson weed, devil’s weed, thorn apple, mad apple, angel’s trumpet.

Nigerian names: gegemu, apikan (Yoruba), zakami (Hausa), myaramuo ( Igbo).

 

21. Daniella oliveri

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: African copaiba balsam, West African copal, Ilorin balsam, Benin gum-copal, agbomi.

Nigerian names: iya (Yoruba), make (Hausa).

 

22. Cyperus haspan

Family: Cyperaceae

Common name: dwarf papyrus sedge

Nigerian names: ayaa-ayaa (Hausa).

23. Cymbopogon citratus

Family: Poaceae

Common names: lemon grass, oil grass, French citronelle, fausse citronelle

Nigerian names: eti (Edo), tsauri (Hausa), myoyaka oakara, achara ehi (Ibibio), akwukwo (Igbo), oko oba, tii (Yoruba).

 

24. Crotalaria retusa

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: devil-bean, rattle weed, shack-shack, wedge-leaf, rattle pod.

Nigerian names:

 

25. Citrullus colocynthis

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Common names: colocynth, bitter apple, bitter cucumber, desert gourd, vine of Sodom, hanzal.

Nigerian names: bara, egusi (Yoruba), kwartowa (Hausa), egwusi, elili (Igbo).

 

26. Croton penduliflorus

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names:

Nigerian names: aworoso (Yoruba).

 

27. Berlinia grandiflora

Family: Caesalpinoidae

Common names: kpendi, bois de rose (French)

Nigerian names: apado (Yoruba), dokar rafi (Hausa), baborochi (Nupe), ububa (Igbo).

 

28. Asparagus africanus Lam.

Family: Asparagaceae

Common names: African aficanus, white asparagus.

Nigerian names: Aluki (Yoruba), code (Hausa), fulan yollo (Zarma).

 

29. Acacia nilotica (L) Wills.Ex Delile.

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: gum Arabic, Egyptian mimosa, scorpion mimosa, acacia tannin

Nigerian names: baani, booni (Yoruba), bagaruwa (Hausa).

 

30. Amaranthus spinosus Linn.

Family: Amaranthaceae

Common names: spiny amaranth, prickly amaranth

Nigerian names: namijin gaasayaa, namijin zaaki banzaa (Hausa), inine ogwu, nnuno oku (Igbo), efo tete, tete egun, tete elegun (Yoruba).

 

31. Cochlospermum planchonii Hook.f.

Family: Cochlospermaceae

Common names:

Nigerian names: zunzunaa (Hausa), gombara (Nupe), awo owu, gbehutu, very (Yoruba).

 

32. Cnidoscolus aconitifolius (Mill.), I.M. Johnst.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: chaya, tree spinach, cabbage star, tread softly, hospital too far.

Nigerian names: efo iyanapaja

33. Cleome viscosa L.

Family: Capparaceae

Common names: tickleweed, wild mustard, spider plant

Nigerian names: eyazo (Nupe), Tafarnwakura (Hausa), ekuye, ekuya (Yoruba).

 

34. Casia/Senna Occidental is (Linn.), Link

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: coffee senna, septicweed, negro coffee, bana chakunda (India)

Nigerian names: ako rere (Yoruba), tafassaar masar (Hausa).

 

35. Casia/Senna alata Linn.

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: emperor’s candlestick, candle bush, Christmas candles, ringworm shrubs.

Nigerian names: asunwon (Yoruba), ogalu (Igbo).

 

36. Caesalpinia pulcherima (Linn.), SW.

Family: Caesalpinioideae

Common names: pride of Barbados, flower fence, red bird of paradise

Nigerian names:

 

37. Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.), Kurt

Family: Crassulaceae

Common names: life plant, miracle leaf, air plant, cathedral bells

Nigerian names: odaa opue (Igbo), abamoda, odundun (Yoruba), satura(Hausa).

 

38. Borassus aethiopum Mart.

Family: Arecaceae

Common names: African fan palm, African Palmyra palm, deleb palm, Ron palm, toddy palm, black rhun palm, elephant palm, borassus palm.

Nigerian names:

 

39. Basella alba L.

Family: Basellaceae
Common names: malabar spinach, Ceylon spinach, Indian spinach.
Nigeria names: amunututu, efo oyibo (Yoruba), gborongi (Igbo).

 

40. Arachis hypogaea L.

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: groundnut, goober, peanut

Nigerian names: epa (Yoruba), gedda (Hausa), okpamkpa (Igbo).

 

41. Martynia annual L.
41. Martynia annual fruit

Family: Martyniaceae

Common names: cat’s claw, tiger’s claw

Nigerian names: ekana asa (Yoruba).

 

42. Anogeissus leiocarpus (DC.) Guill. & Perr.

Family: Combretaceae

Common names: African birch, bambara, maure (Arabic)

Nigerian names: farin gamji, maarike (Hausa), atara (Igbo), ayin (Yoruba)

 

43. Annona senegalensis Pers.

Family: Annonaceae

Common names: wild custard apple

Nigerian names: gwandar daajii (Hausa), ukpokpo (Igala), anumgbere (Bassa Nge), uburu ocha (Igbo), ngonowu (Kanuri), abo (Yoruba).

 

44. Adansonia digitata L.

Family: Bombacaceae

Common names: baobab, monkey bread tree, sour gourd, cream of tartar tree

Nigerian names: kuka (Hausa), usi (Edo), ose (Yoruba), kalkuwa (Kanuri), obobo (Igala), ebobo (Bassa Nge).

 

45. Abrus precatorius L.

Family: Papilionoideae

Common names: crab’s eyes, bird’s eye, prayer beads, lucky bean, Indian liquorice, wild liquorice, jequirity

Nigerian names: ominsimisi, werenjeje, ojuologbo (Yoruba), idon zakara (Hausa)

 

46. Nauclea latifolia SM.

Family: Rubiaceae

Common names: African cinchona, African quinine, African peach, African pincushion

Nigerian names: egbesi, gberesi (Yoruba), ubulu inu (Igbo), tabasiya, marga (Hausa)

 

47. Newbouldia laevis Seem.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Common names: fertility tree

Nigerian names: ikhimi (Edo), aduruku (Hausa), itomo (Ibibio), ogilisi, ogirisi (Igbo), dinbere cin amile (Nupe), akoko (Yoruba).

 

48. Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
48. Mucuna pruriens pod

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: velvet bean, Bengal velvet, Florida velvet, Mauritius velvet bean, lacuna bean.

Nigerian names: werepe (Yoruba), agbala, agboloko (Igbo)

 

49. Morinda lucida Benth.

Family: Rubiaceae

Common names: Brimstone tree

Nigerian names: oruwo (Yoruba), eze-ogwu (Igbo)

 

50. Mimosa pigra L.

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: giant sensitive tree

Nigerian names: aluro (Yoruba)

 

51. Gmelina arborea Roxb.

Family: Labiatae

Common names: gmelina, gamari, gumbar

Nigerian names:

 

52. Loranthus sp

Family: Loranthaceae

Common name: mistletoe

Nigerian names: afomo (Yoruba).

 

53. Lippia multiflora Moldenke

Family: Verbenaceae

Common names: tea bush, Gambian tea bush

Nigerian names: efinrin gogoro, efinrin odan, efinrin oko (Yoruba), godon kada (Hausa)

 

54. Leucas martinicensis (Jacq.) R. Br.

Family: Lamiaceae

Common names: whitewort, gi-kunduru-kunduru, mondobalo

Nigerian names: dindikudi (Yoruba)

 

55. Kigelia Africans (Lam.) Benth. Fruit
55. Kigelia Africans (Lam.) Benth.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Common names: sausage tree

Nigerian names: ugbon-gbon (Edo), hantsar-giiwaa (Hausa), alamborogoda, oke ogirisi (Igbo), pandoro (Yoruba)

 

56. Jatropha gossypifolia L.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: bellyache bush, black physic nut, purging nut

Nigerian names: lapalapa pupa, botuje pupa (Yoruba), oruruebo (Edo), olulu idu, akimbogho (Igbo)

 

57. Jatropha curcas L.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: physic nut, Barbados nut, poison nut, purging nut

Nigerian names: lapalapa funfun, botuje, iyalode (Yoruba), oru-ebo (Edo), bii no da zuguu, cii ni dazuguu (Hausa), ocigbede (Idoma), owulu idu (Igbo), choyo (Bassa Nge).

 

58. Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Common names: sweet potato, Spanish potato

Nigerian names: iyan-ebo (Edo), ba-fadamee (Hausa), ji-oyibo (Igbo), anamo (Yoruba)

 

59. Cissus populnea Guill. & Perr.

Family: Vitaceae

Common names: oseille des pygmees (French)

Nigerian names: ogbolo (Yoruba), okoho(Idoma, Igbo), okofio (Igala), dafara, latutuwa (Hausa).

 

60. Hyptis suaveolensis (L.) Poit

Family: Labiatae

Common names: bush tea-bush

Nigerian names: arunfofo, jagbo (Yoruba)

 

61. Hymenocardia acida Tul.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: digbe (French)

Nigerian names: karagwehi (Gwari), jan itaacee (Hausa), ikalaga (Igbo), orupa(Yoruba), erukpa (Bassa Nge)

 

62. Momordica charantia L.

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Common names: African cucumber, balsam pear

Nigerian names: ejinrin, ejinrin wewe, akara aje (Yoruba), daddagu, garaafunii (Hausa), kakayi (Igbo).

 

 

 

 

 

Olajide

Medical Herbalist. Experienced Natural Health Consultation expert.

47 thoughts on “COMMON MEDICINAL HERBS IMAGES BOTANICAL AND THEIR LOCAL NIGERIAN NAMES.

  • September 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    this is very awesome task.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Please am interested in learning the act of healing with this natural herbs is there a provision for someone to learn it? Please if there’s am very much interested, thank you.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    What is ogbu na eche ndo leave means in English

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  • March 25, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    Hello pastor, do we have the yoruba name for horny goat weed?

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  • March 6, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    please hausa and igbo name for Enantia chlorantha

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  • February 23, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Good day sir pls help me with the name of the chebe tree in housa

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  • December 23, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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    good day sir pls what is the hausa name of cherry kernel.

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  • December 22, 2018 at 2:30 am
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    Good day sir, God bless your work ameen. Kindly assist me with the name of cherry kernel in hausa.
    Thank you for your time

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    • January 20, 2019 at 7:33 am
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      Sorry, I don’t know the Hausa name for Cherry

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  • November 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    GREAT JOB I NEED A JOB IN YOUR CO I HEARD A TRAINING IN HERBAL STUDIES WE CAN COLLABORATE.

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  • September 9, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    I spent a great deal of time to locate something like this

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  • September 9, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    I spent a lot of time to find something such as this

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  • July 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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    Please the Yoruba name for red clover leave and chaste tea berry

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    • September 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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      I do not know the Yoruba names for red clover and chaste tea berry I guest they are not an indigenous herbs. If you were able to get local names for the herbs please don’t hesitate to update us. Thanks.

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  • June 2, 2018 at 1:36 am
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    Good day, sir. Please can you help with the hausa name for chebe. The herb lake Chad women use for their hair. Also the hausa name for marshmallow root and slippery elm, not sure if it’s found here in Nigeria

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    • June 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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      @EBUN . THE HAUSA NAME FOR CHEBE (Croton zambesicus) ALSO KNOWN AS AJEKOBALE IN YORUBA IS CALLED:koriba OR MOROMORO . THOUGH ITS ONE OF THE MAIN INGREDIENTS IN THE NATURAL HAIR GROWTH POWDER, THERE ARE ALSO OTHER INGREDIENTS THAT MADE UP THE POWDER.
      IAM NOT SURE WHETHER MARSH MALLOW (Althaea officinalis) IS A NATIVE PLANT OF NIGERIA. THE NAME AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT. THANKS.

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  • May 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    pls Hausa name for awopa(enantia chlorantha)

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    • May 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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      @ Lateefat . Iam sorry I do not know the name of yellow African Tree (enantia chlorantha) in Hausa language. This plant is mostly abundant in the west part of Nigeria.

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  • May 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    Sir,

    Good afternoon. Please what are the Yoruba and Hausa names of Borututu bark ( Cochlospermum Angolense)

    Thank you

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    • May 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm
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      @Chinedu. Cochlospermum angolense is the specie of yellow silk cotton tree that is of Angola origin. The common specie we have in Nigeria is Cochlospermum planchonii and is locally called: awo owu in Yoruba and zunzunaa in Hausa.

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    • April 24, 2018 at 11:06 pm
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      @Osimmiri. Not yet sir but we are working towards that. Thank you.

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  • April 14, 2018 at 1:40 am
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    We appreciate you good work sir! Thank you. Kindly give make name of the herb in Yoruba
    Mugwort ?

    Thank you.
    Awaiting response

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  • April 14, 2018 at 1:38 am
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    We appreciate you good work sir! Thank you. Kindly give make name of the herb in Yoruba
    Mugwort ?

    Thank you.
    Awaiting response

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    • April 15, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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      Thank you @Oluwasegun, Mugwort is among the Artemisia spp, its not an indigenous plant of Nigeria, so I don’t know any of its local name. Please feel free to share with us if you were able to found one. Thanks.

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  • March 31, 2018 at 8:10 am
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    I ll say thank you for this outstanding work, but never retire instead refire to the fullest of your desire. Can u pls accompany each plants with uses even not more than 3???thanks as I’m anticipating your positive response.

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    • March 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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      Thank you Mr Ganiyu, we are regularly writing on the uses of common medicinal plants of Nigeria and their uses , I will advice you subscribe to our email list so you will not miss out.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 7:02 am
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    your post has been very helpful to us,thank you

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  • January 18, 2018 at 1:02 am
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    Hausa Names these herb 1-patchouli 2- vetiver 3-mugwort 4-hyssop 5-basil 6-wormwood

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    • January 23, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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      Dear Ibrahim, you seem to be interested in aromatic herbs but unfortunately most of the herbs above are not indigenous and so it will be difficult to get the local Nigerian names. Basil is called ‘Daidoya’ in Hausa language. But there are many indigenous aromatic herbs which may serve as alternative if your interest is on the volatile oils. Thanks.

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      • May 21, 2018 at 5:14 pm
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        thanks a lot for a wonderful job
        Am interested in indigenous aromatic oil
        can you share?

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