Medicinal and aromatic plants are garnering increased interest from industry, academia, and the health sciences. The series Medicinal and Aromatic Plants–Industrial Profiles gathers information currently scattered through an ever-increasing number of journals. Each volume provides an in-depth look at one plant genus about which an area specialist has assembled information ranging from plant production to market trends and quality control.
Citrus bergamia: Bergamot and its Derivatives
Citrus Oils: Composition, Advanced Analytical Techniques, Contaminants, and Biological Activity
Sesame: The genus Sesamum
Turmeric: The genus Curcuma
Mint: The Genus Mentha
Giovanni Dugo, Ivana Bonaccorsi
August 23, 2013
In Calabria, Italy, where bergamot has been successfully cultivated since the eighteenth century, it is commonly defined as "the prince of the Citrus genus." Written by an international panel of experts from multiple disciplines, Citrus bergamia: Bergamot and its Derivatives represents the most...
A. Manickavasagan, M. Mohamed Essa, E. Sukumar
April 20, 2012
Of the many varieties of date palms, the species Phoenix dactylifera Linn. is cultivated extensively and traded and consumed worldwide. Dates: Production, Processing, Food, and Medicinal Values draws from a broad spectrum of contributors to present a comprehensive survey of this particular species....
Giovanni Dugo, Luigi Mondello
November 02, 2010
World production of citrus fruits is still growing. At present, about 30 percent of that yield is devoted to industrial production, mostly on those essential oils and juices used in foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Covering research reported in the literature over the past ten years,...
October 14, 2010
The first comprehensive review of sesame and its close relative, Sesame: the genus Sesamum covers ethnographic data, modern use, linguistic analysis of sesame names from around the world, market size, export and import data, geographical sources, use in the food and cosmetic industries, and much...
Eric Odoux, Michel Grisoni
July 20, 2010
Vanilla is a legacy of Mexico and, like chocolate, it is a major global delicacy representing almost a half-billion Euros in profits each year. Written under the editorial guidance of renowned field authorities Drs. Eric Odoux and Michel Grisoni, Vanilla presents up-to-date reviews on the...
August 26, 2009
When enjoying a southeast asian soup or cup of herbal tea, we are really savoring the flavor of lemongrass. Similarly, the sweet aroma of mosquito-repelling lotions comes from the citronella oil present in them. Fine perfumes, candles, and herbal pillows with the pleasing smell of rose are often in...
P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, Kandaswamy Sivaraman
March 01, 2007
For the last 6000 years turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to alleviate pain, balance digestion, purify body and mind, clear skin diseases, expel phlegm, and invigorate the blood. Nowadays, this plant has acquired great importance with its anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-Altzheimer,...
Brian M. Lawrence
December 13, 2006
For thousands of years mint has enjoyed an honored place in pharmacopoeias and kitchen cupboards in India, China, Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Today the amount of essential oils produced from the four major mint species (cornmint, peppermint, Native spearmint, and Scotch spearmint) exceeds...
David Heber, Risa N. Schulman, Navindra P. Seeram
July 07, 2006
While one may not find ancient studies that substantiate the pomegranate's curative and preventive qualities, the exalted status of this fruit goes back as far as the history of agriculture itself. Allusions to the pomegranate are readily found in the oldest cultures of the Indus Valley, ancient...
Rolf Franke, Heinz Schilcher
May 23, 2005
For over 2000 years, preparations of chamomile flowers have counted among the medicinal treasures of many cultural groups. This book provides an interdisciplinary inventory of the scientific level of knowledge about German chamomile as well as Roman chamomile, the two types of chamomile most...
P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu
December 28, 2004
Ginger: The Genus Zingiber is the first comprehensive volume on ginger. Valued as a spice and medicinal plant from ancient times both in India and China, ginger is now used universally as a versatile spice and in traditional medicine as well as in modern medicine. This book covers all aspects of...
Manuel Miro Jodral
June 17, 2004
The book includes current knowledge on Illicium verum (star anise) and Pimpinella anisum (aniseed), main commercial species rich in anetol. It also analyzes Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) and other species of Pimpinella (P. major, P. peregrina and P. saxifraga). This volume includes a botanical,...