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Importance of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Human Life

  • Mansour Ghorbanpour
  • Javad Hadian
  • Shahab Nikabadi
  • Ajit Varma

Abstract

The plant kingdom includes a high number of species, producing a diversity of bioactive molecules with different chemical scaffolds. Over the centuries, the use of medicinal and aromatic plants has become an important part of daily life despite the progress in modern medical and pharmaceutical industry. They are now being progressively cosmetics, foods and teas, as well as alternative medicines. The growing interest in herbs and their ability to offer economical uses is a part of the movement towards greener economics and life styles. This movement is based on the belief that the plants have a vast potential for their use as a curative medicine. Medicinal and aromatic plants will also maintain their importance in the search for new, valuable sources of drugs and lead compounds. In view of the steadily rising demands on these important natural resources, attention should be paid to the sustainable forms of production and utilization.

Keywords

Medicinal and aromatic plants Phytochemicals Traditional-/modern medicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mansour Ghorbanpour
    • 1
  • Javad Hadian
    • 2
  • Shahab Nikabadi
    • 3
  • Ajit Varma
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesArak UniversityArakIran
  2. 2.Medicinal Plants and Drugs Research Institute, ShahidBeheshti UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.School of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural ScienceUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  4. 4.Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

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