Functional properties

Essential oils from aromatic and medicinal plants have been known since antiquity to possess biological activity, notably antibacterial, antifungal as well as antioxidant properties (Tiziana and Dorman, 1998). With the increasing interest in the use of essential oil in both the food and the pharmaceutical industries, a systematic evaluation of plant extracts for these properties has become increasingly important. Bacterial and fungal infections pose greater threats to health and hence the use...

Introduction to herbs and spices

The history of herbs and spices is as long as the history of mankind. People have used these plants since earliest times. No other commodity has played a more pivotal role in the development of modern civilization as spices. The lives of people and plants are more entwined than is often realized. Some herbs have the power to change our physiological functioning, they have revolutionized medicine, created fortunes for those who grow, process and treat them, and in many cases have assumed social...