Hausa is one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa, with millions of people in Nigeria, Ghana, Niger, and other countries speaking Hausa as their first or second language.
Knowing the Hausa names for plants and trees will help you communicate better and find out more about the necessary products. Check out this list of the most popular medicinal plants names in English and Hausa!
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Cinnamon in Hausa is widely used in cooking and as a medicinal plant – most importantly, for lowering the level of sugar in blood and for preventing a variety of heart diseases. The Hausa name for cinnamon is kirfa, which is useful if you’re looking for cinnamon powder in Hausa lands.
There are few things as widely praised for their health benefits as turmeric in Hausa community. Turmeric is used for treating all kinds of conditions, especially gastrointestinal problems, as well as pain relief. Turmeric in Hausa language is called turmeric as well, which is super easy to remember.
Fenugreek is a delicious spice used in dozens of world cuisines, but it can do much more than add flavour to your cooking: fenugreek is a powerful medicinal plant with an especially major effect on diabetes, heartburn, and low testosterone levels. Another name for fenugreek in Nigeria is hulba, although fenugreek is also frequently used.
Everyone is familiar with almonds: these nuts can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including eaten whole, turned into almond butter, or used in desserts and breakfasts. Plus, almond can lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood and normalize blood pressure. The Hausa name for almond is gyaɗa.
Cardamom is a fragrant spice that can make any dish, from a cup of tea to a pot of stew, more flavourful and delicious. Cardamom is also known for its numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect. Cardamom in Hausa is known as abbahaan.
You probably known parsley leaf as a popular addition to all kinds of savoury dishes – it is even included into green smoothies and shakes, so that its numerous health benefits, including anti-hypertension and anti-arthritis effect, could be more accessible. The name for parsley leaf in Hausa language is faski.
Today moringa is getting wide recognition as a plant that can help with all kinds of health problems, from inflammation to high blood sugar level. Wondering if there are Hausa plant names for moringa? Yes, moringa is known in Hausa language as zogale!
Ginger is a super popular spice for both sweet and savoury dishes, and is even enjoyed in a drink form. Even more attention is paid to the health benefits of ginger, which range from aid with weight loss to nausea and cold. Citta is the Hausa name for ginger.
Mint leaves have a very distinctive, slightly sharp and sweet flavour and taste, which makes them a great addition to all kinds of cooking. Plus, mint is widely used to treat indigestion, nausea, cold, and bad breath. Mint is called na’a na’a in Hausa language.
Who doesn’t know garlic and its bitter but incredibly pleasant aroma? You’re probably also familiar with the many health benefits of garlic, including curing cold, treating high cholesterol levels, and boosting immunity. But did you know that the Hausa name for garlic is tafarnuwa?
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