The tropical rainforest of Malaysia is a hub of biodiversity where hundreds of herbal species and tress are found with a rainforest that is estimated to be over 6 million years old. For example there are more than 160 species of ginger (Zingiberaceae) in Peninsular Malaysia and about 155 species in Sabah and Sarawak alone.
Inspired by the flower of life philosophy which represents our interconnectedness and inseparability from nature, V Integrated Wellness has cultivated 1000 square feet of land located in Block A of the North Wing into an Herb Garden. Blessed with all year round growing season, and a Resident Naturalist- Ishad Mubarak, we our aim is to utilize this land and grow as many herbs possible to educate our guests on the potent healing powers of the rainforest as well as for the use of our Indigenous Rainforest Treatments available in V Botanical Spa. These are some of the plants available in the V Herb Garden:
Tongkat Ali - known as "Eurycoma Longifolia Jack" is said to have aphrodisiac properties and will enhance male sexual libido besides other medicinal values such as treatment for dysentery, glandular swelling, fever, malaria and other ailments.
Manjakani – also known as “Oak galls". These are produced when the leaves of the oak trees are penetrated by stinging wasps. The leaves then produce a roundish hard ball called oak galls which contain tannin and small amounts of gallic acid and ellagic acid. The Oks Galls has antimicrobial qualities and are used in Malaysia by women after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall.
Misai Kuching – used as a treatment for kidney ailments, bladder stone, urinary tract infections, diabetes, rheumatism and gout. It is also used to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
Daun Kari – the curry leaf are used mainly in Indian cooking to add flavour. But are also used as herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, much valued for anti- diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective They also contain iron.
Neem – (Azadirachta indica) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses. The Sanskrit name ‘nimba’ comes from the term ‘nimbati syasthyamdadati’ which means ‘to give good health’.
Lidah Buaya – Also known as Aloe vera (syn. A. barbadensis) is commonly used externally to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema.
Pandan – Also known as Pandanus, traditionally used to add scent to food and beverage and has other medicinal values
Serai – Lemon grass (Cymbopogon), traditionally used in cooking for as it is fragrance this is also used as a pesticide. Lemongrass is considered a diuretic, tonic and stimulant. It promotes good digestion and a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. It induces perspiration, to cool the body and reduce a fever.
Limau Purut – (Kaffir Lime) is one of the most important plants in Malaysia. The leaves are e precious to Malaysian food, from soups and salads to curries and stir-fried dishes. The juice not only makes a refreshing beverage but is also used to treat hair and promote healthy growth of hair follicles. Considered a sacred, lime itself is used in rituals such as baths, offerings and prayers for purification.