By Aubrey Nabila Rayza,Working Students Reporter

In the heart of CH, a rich tapestry of flora not only adorns our landscapes but also serves as a treasure trove of health benefits and cultural significance. From the majestic Terminalia Catappa to the graceful Asplenium Nidus, each plant tells a story of tradition and wellness.

Terminalia Catappa:
Known as the Indian almond or Tropical almond, Terminalia Catappa’s leaves hold a secret within their veins. With antibacterial properties, these leaves have long been a staple in traditional medicine. Brewed into a tea, they offer potential anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects. Used in the treatment of skin ailments and gastrointestinal disorders, this plant is a true healer.

Asplenium Nidus:
Nestled in our homes, the Bird’s Nest fern, or Asplenium Nidus, does more than just decorate our living spaces. Recognized for its air-purifying abilities, it stands as a sentinel against indoor pollutants. This low-maintenance beauty also finds its place in traditional remedies, where extracts are used to soothe coughs and colds.

Garcinia Dulcis:
Under the shade of Garcinia Dulcis, known as Mundu or Rata, we find more than a respite from the sun. Its edible fruit, cherished for its sweet and sour flavours, carries antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Beyond its nutritional value, this tropical tree adds to the lushness of CH’s landscape, a reminder of nature’s bounty.

Daun Sirih (Betel Leaf):
In the realm of health and tradition, Daun Sirih, or Betel Leaf, reigns supreme. A staple in cultural practices, it offers a myriad of benefits. From dental hygiene to wound care and skin conditions, this leaf is a versatile ally. When chewed, it provides a mild stimulant effect, an echo of centuries-old customs.

These plants are not just decorations; they are educators, healers, and guardians of our well-being. As we admire their beauty, let us also remember their contributions to our health and heritage. Next time you pass by Terminalia Catappa’s rustling leaves or catch a glimpse of Asplenium Nidus’ lush fronds, know that you are witnessing more than nature’s artistry — you are witnessing a living pharmacy of CH’s cultural heritage.