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Names of Herbs, Spices & Everything Nice in ‘Arabic

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

 السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


Herbs ~ Spices


Everything Nice…..


Zhooraat: Dried Herbs & Flowers


شِبِتّ – Dill: A garden plant used to give a special taste to food. Easy to grow with beautiful ferny growth, dill is a commonly grown herb.

Add to sauces, cheese, egg & fish dishes. Seeds make pickles. Mince leaves w/scissors, not knife to preserve flavor. Dill is grown for both its leaves and seeds. If you want the leaves, snip off the developing flower stalks to keep the plant from setting.


أُكالِبْتوس – Eucalyptus: Ornamental fragrance, medicine.


شَمَار – Fennel: A yellow-flowered umbelliferous plant, with fragrant feathery leaves used in sauce, salad.

·        Bronze Fennel: Ornamental, medicinal. This herb looks like Dill but has a great anise flavor. Distinctive bronze foliage makes this one decorative. It’s a fast grower so give it plenty of fertilizer. Use it as a cooked vegetable. Also with seafood. Seeds are used in hot breads, spiced beets and kraut.

·        Florence Fennel: Culinary and ornamental. Grown for its edible “bulb”. The bulb is formed from the swollen leaf bases. This bulb, which has an anise flavor and fleshy consistency, is sliced into salads or cooked as a vegetable.

·        Sweet Fennel: Culinary. This herb looks like Dill. Anise scented foliage. Blooms yellow clusters of flowers in second season. Prune plants to keep them dense and manageable. Fresh leaves can be gathered and used the first summer in salads or to garnish fish entrees.


إِبْرَةُ الرَّاعِي Geranium: Garden plant with red, pink or white flowers.

·        Lemon Bitter Angel Geranium: Culinary, fragrant, and used for teas.

·        Rose Scented Geranium: Use the leaves in herbal teas, jellies, sorbets, herbal butters, cake, or relax in a Rose milk scented bath.

There are many different types of Geranium which can be used in fruit cups, potpourri, herbal arrangements, crafts, and baking.


زَنْجَبِيل – Ginger: Medicinal, hot, spicy root used in cooking or preserved in syrup, or candied. It is also used to reduce the toxicity of some herbs. Allaah said,


وَيُسْقَوْنَ فِيهَا كَأْسًا كَانَ مِزَاجُهَا زَنجَبِيلًا

And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabeel (ginger, etc.).

Al-Insaan 76:17



Tip:Label your herbs and spices in ‘Arabic. Read and pronounce its name every time you use it until you’ve memorized it. In Shaa Allaah this will help increase your ‘Arabic vocabulary for general conversation like cooking and eating well.



116 thoughts on “Names of Herbs, Spices & Everything Nice in ‘Arabic

  1. Talbeenah: A Wonderful Prophetic Medicine

    Used for over 14 centuries, Talbeenah (Talbinah) treats the patient’s heart by easing sadness, anxiety and depression. Talbeenah water is a tonic which treats diarrhea.

    Other benefits of Talbeenah:

    strengthens the nervous system
    acts as a laxative
    softens and activates the liver
    rectifies insufficient bile secretion
    treats Tuberculosis and seepage in the breast
    treats general weakness
    corrects slow growth in children
    reduces inflammation of the intestines
    treats high blood pressure
    reduces blood cholesterol
    helps delay the symptoms indicating the onset of senility
    helps the body secrete the sleeping hormone

    Talbeenah decreased the incidence of the following diseases: Colon Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis (bone thinning) and male infertility.

    Daily Value: Carbohydrates: 66%, Protein: 15%, Fiber: 4%, Fat: 2%,
    Vitamin A, B, C & D

    Talbeenah flour (Barley) can also be used to make a special bread for diabetics.

  2. as salaamu alaykum,

    can one find talbeenah in egypt, inshaAllah?

    also, what is the name for thyme? it is used often by itself and in cough medicines. it clears up mucous and sometimes i just like to buy it in a liquid form and add to honey to give the kids. i would like to know how to ask for it. shukran.


  3. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I don’t know if Talbeenah is available in Egypt.

    زعتر – Za’tar – Thyme
    صعتر – Sa’tar – Wild Thyme

    There are different types of thyme. Read more about them here.


  4. I have a problem..if any of you are an arab and knows english very well too, what do u call ( hab-ar-shad) in english???its a type of herb…if anyone knows please respond to me asap…will greatly appreciated!!!

    Thank u All!

  5. “Zhooraat” – said to cure asthma and relieve cold symptoms means “flowers.” This famous medley is made up of several different dried herbs and flowers, so translating this word doesn’t tell us much.

    So, what are the exact ingredients? – I don’t know, but I plan to find out, In Shaa Allaah.

  6. I was reading two of my favorite herb and home remedy books and came across Habbatur Rashaad. The plant itself is called “Hurf,” “Qurratul ‘Ayn,” and “Ath Thuffaa.” The seeds are widely known as “Habbatur Rashaad.” English name: “Cress.” This herb is quite beneficial. Thank you for asking about it, I enjoyed the research!

    *Watercress is also called Hurf (Baqlah Maa-iyyah), Qurratul ‘Ayn and Ath Thuffaa.

    Nisrin, I have yet to come across anything concerning al Kalab al Hamdi.


  7. I found Zhooraat in Sooq al Bawaadi. Sad to say that the salesman couldn’t tell me much about its ingredients. I may have to ask an old Bedouin woman about this (smiles). I uploaded a photo (above). I only recognize the Raspberry Leaves. It may contain Kaffu Maryam, Rijl Asad Leaves and Karkadee (not sure yet).

    Nisrin, still no info on Kalab al Hamdi (I did not forget about you).


  8. Part 2 coming soon In Shaa Allaah.

    FYI per the great herb vs. (h)erb pronunciation debate….

    Usage Note: The word herb, which can be pronounced with or without the (h), is one of a number of words borrowed into English from French. The (h) sound had been lost in Latin and was not pronounced in French or the other Romance languages, which are descended from Latin, although it was retained in the spelling of some words.

    In both Old and Middle English, however, h was generally pronounced, as in the native English words happy and hot. Through the influence of spelling, then, the h came to be pronounced in most words borrowed from French, such as haste and hostel. In a few other words borrowed from French the h has remained silent, as in honor, honest, hour, and heir. And in another small group of French loan words, including herb, humble, human, and humor, the h may or may not be pronounced depending on the dialect of English.

    In British English, herb and its derivatives, such as herbaceous, herbal, herbicide, and herbivore, are pronounced with h. In American English, herb and herbal are more often pronounced without the h, while the opposite is true of herbaceous, herbicide, and herbivore, which are more often pronounced with the h.

    Source: Dictionary.com

  9. salam 3alikoum . where can find an herb called . 3oshbat sabaa…and zabad el bahr

  10. Hello ! Can you tell me if you know of a herb that sounds like ‘Roda’ in arabic .. apparently it is used for rheumatic pains. Thank you !

  11. Please can you help? I haven t found anywhere the english name for mluheyi. I came here actually to ask about mardakoush :-) but I see it s been the last answer. Thank you !!!

  12. Irene, I think I know what you are looking for, but I want to be sure. I’ll get back to you.

    *Here are two more names for Marjoram: بردقوش’Bardaqoosh – عِتْرَة ‘Itrah.

    Elaine, I have a book covering Rheumatic pains. I’ll give you a list of herbs mentioned in it later on. Discuss them with a doctor or local herbalist before using them.

    Thank you Jess.

    Will post some info on “3oshbat saba and zabad el bahr” after confirmation, In Shaa Allaah.

  13. Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    I found this site after a very frustrating trip to the supermarket where I attempted to buy dry herbs. I don’t know the Arabic words for herbs such as basil, oregano or thyme, and I’ve found that I can’t get hold of mixed herbs either. Do you have any advice?

    BarakAllahu feeki!

  14. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Wa feeki baarakallaah.

    Basil = ريحان Rayhaan

    Oregano = عطر النعناع ‘Itrun Na’naa’ or ‘Atirun Na’naa’

    See comment #7 for more on Thyme.

    Mixed herbs, you may want to purchase all your favs and DIY. I hope it works out for you.

  15. No problem Dee.

    Dong Quai – Judhoorul Malaak جذور الملاك – It’s also called Hasheeshatul Malaak حشيشة الملاك

    *Some refer to it as Judhoor Hasheeshatul Malaak.*

    Pennyroyal – Na’na’ul Maa نعنع الماء

    Pennyroyal has a second name. Give me a bit to get it for you.

  16. Asalam Alaykum

    Hi I was wondering if someone can tell me the name of cayenne powder in (yemeni)arabic? jazakhallah khayr

  17. I asked two natives of Yemen about “Cayene Powder.” They said it’s called Fil Fil ‘Adani.

    Pennyroyal is also known as Fulayyah spelled فلية and فليه.

  18. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I’m presently compiling a list of specialty shops, herbal and organic stores. I’ll mention a few now…

    Salaamah Dist. – On Sary, across the street from Krispy Kreme’s going towards Jarir Bookstore, there’s “Al Ataar al Hijaaz.” There’s also an specialty shop near it offering a variety of “Chinese Green Tea.” Across the way is the “Diet Center.” All of these shops are in close proximity to each other.

    Bawadi Dist. -Sooq al Bawadi to be exact. I visit most of the stalls offering herbs, spices and natural products….no favorite in particular. If one doesn’t have what I need, I go to another.

    Safa District – Sooq al Marjaan. Same difference. I prefer Markaz Niemah near gate 8, but they’re all the same…really.

    I’m changing the blog around a bit. I’d like to focus on “Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet,” natural beauty, homeopathic cures, and all. The articles will still have a “life in Jeddah” twist, and fun stuff such as my adventures in the herb sooq, trying to figure out what to do with some sheep fat, ‘Arabic bits and all.

    Will get back to blogging regularly soon In Shaa Allaah.

  19. JazakaAllahu khayr sis Haneefa BarakaAllahu feek, i’ll look forward to the new developments in the blog inshaAllah!

  20. Amilah – Jazaakillaahu khairal jazaa dear ukhtee. :)

    Juwairiya – just so that you’ll know, na’na/mint is also spelled نعنع.

    Peppermint – النعنع البستاني An Na’na al Bustaanee and النعنع الفلفلي An Na’na al Filfilee.

    Wallaahu Aa’lam.

  21. Assalamu Alaikum.
    Can you please tell me what is the English name for “Khubbaizeh”.
    Thank you.
    Maher A.

  22. Assalamu Alaikum.

    can you please tel me what are the names in english for han-da-kok and ishbat al-kawthar or known as ( mokh-tit albadawiye ) and also bosfayr. need it as soon as possible.

    shukran : )

  23. Assalamu Alaikum.

    sorry i wrote bosfayr but i meant abo-sfayr. dont know if it is the same thing but i need abo-sfayr please with the other items and where they can be found.

    thank you very much : )

  24. Assalamu Alaikum

    Thankyou very much for this information. And please can you get back to me on the other items asap? Desperate for these items as it is very hard to find/get and need to find where i can order them from as soon as i get the english names. Thankyou very much sister. much appreciated : )

  25. As salaamu allykum..can anybody tell me the name of Indian Rhubarb in Arabic???
    more better is there a dictionary resource for arabic and english of herbal names.

    a lot of jazakAllah.


  26. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam. Rhubarab is called راوند – Raawand.

    Zabad al Bahr/Lisaan al Bahr can be purchased at most local open air market places and herb shops. I will post a photo, recipes and a lil more about it later on today, In Shaa Allaah.

    Najat – I found Aboo Safeer….just searching for its name in English.

    Baarakallaahu feekum.

  27. Hello! An aspiring herbalist in Dubai is seeking a scientific herbal identification reference book that gives the plant names in English and Arabic. Do you know of such a book and would you be able to help me, help her? Thanks

  28. Hi Heather. Sorry, no info at the moment. I’m searching for one myself. I’ll let you know if I find any goodies at a local bookstore, In Shaa Allaah.

  29. as lam alykum, can u tell me the name of herb that was used by um e momneen aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) her.for face glow.n whitening.pls kindly tell me in english ,arabic n urdu. thanks.

  30. AS salamo alaykom. i have been trying for along time to find the correct name for herb/leaves found near Mount Uhd that are used to treat infertility. Somebody called them Medina Leaves but i cant find a proper name. in Pakistan in Urdu they are called “Nabi Booti” ( Nabi’s Herb). Please help me as i am in desperate need of them. they are famous for use to get pregnant.

  31. what is the name of herb mallabinahملابينة in english…somebody told me that it helps in infertility…it consist of very small seeds like yeast and its powder green in color like henneh

  32. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    Nadia, here’s some info on Warss:

    Warss – Ceylon Cornel (Tree) – Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) narrated, “The woman who has just delivered would remain for forty days afterwards [without praying or fasting]. One of us would then overlay Warss on her face to help against spots.”

    Warss is dry and hot in the second degree. The best type of Warss is the red one, which is soft in the hand and does not have much bran. Warss is used as an ointment to treat spots, rashes, and pimples that appear on the surface of the skin. Warss constipates, has a dyeing quality and helps against leprosy when taken as a drink.

    Warss has similar benefits of “Sea Coastus” and if it is used as an ointment it relieves Vitiligo (skin condition of unkown cause, characterized by patchy loss of pigment), rashes, pimples and ulcers.

    Excerpt Source: Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet
    By Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah

    Sarah, “Kas’een is its name.

    Hibah, I don’t have a translation just yet, however, I have the herb and will post a photo of it in a different thread along with some related info.

    To the anonymous questioner (re: Basil aka Rayhaan) – It is extremely popular here in Saudi Arabia. You should be able to get it at any supermarket or keep an eye out for local street vendors.

    Anya and Muhammad, please give me time to do some research, In Shaa Allaah.

    Baarakallaahu feekum.

  33. In Shaa Allaah more research will be done on Kas’een. I’d like to make sure that the claims are legit and be able to show strong proof to back up said claims, bi idhnillaah. Baarakallaahu feekunna.

  34. Hello

    Can anyone tell me what is the Arabic name for “maca” or Lepidium mayenii?

    Thank you

  35. Yes. It is called ماكا Maakaa. Be careful when shopping for it. Many working in herbal shops are just salesmen – not herbalist and tend to confuse it with Senna Makki.

    Acquiring it in pill form is easier. GNC aka Armaal carries it.

  36. Salam please if you could post a picture of Ceylon cornel tree which is also known as warss in Arabic I m really in need of it as I have vitiligo
    I would really appreciate if you could let me know where to find it as well I m living here in Canada .
    Thank you.

  37. please someone help I have been trying hard to find out but no luck also if there is another name for it

  38. For sarah it’s Maryam ka Phool. Or Maryam booti you can find it from the street vendors in medina I was told this by one of my friend , you have to get this and the flower in water and drink the water for infertility and once you get pregnant InshAllah then you can use this flower for delivery as well all you have to do is to soak the flower in the water it helps in labor.

  39. Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Hina. Baarakallaahu feeki. I don’t know of a second name for Warss, Allaaahu Aa’lam. I will check my biz archives for photos, In Shaa Allaah. Warss resembles sand that has been dyed with henna.

    I read in the past that Bergamot treats Vitiligo. Research this. Talk to your doctor about it. I have a book by Dr. Jabari al Qahtaani. In it is a natural recipe for your condition. I will share it with you later on today.

    Based on what was mentioned here I believe you’re talking about Kaffu Maryam known in English as “The Rose of Jericho.” Kaffu Maryam/Maryam Booti and Kas’een aren’t the same. And Allaah Knows Best. I’m gonna post pictures of them both In Shaa Allaah.

  40. I am saying this as i recently visited Medina and I asked the bedoiuns she told me its maryam booti Allah knows the best..Thanks for your prompt reply and please if you could post the picture that would be very helpful once again thanks a lot..

  41. I am waiting for ure post desperately for bergamot, i have this book of prophetic medicine and in it warss is mentioned so i was looking for another name for it as its hard to find out here in canada,i dont mind using anything as long as the condition resolves, waiting for your response thankyou so much,i recently visited medina there was told about maryam booti..

  42. I’m not saying you’re wrong dear sister (believe me – smiles) and pardon me for not making myself clear. What I’m saying is that I strongly believe that Kas’een and Kaffu Maryam (i.e. Maryam Booti) are two different things.

    I’m well acquainted with Kaffu Maryam and I have Kas’een sitting here with me now. They appear to be from the same “family” but there are some differences in their makeup and Allaah Knows Best. And yes I will post a picture of Kaffu Maryam and Kas’een side by side for you.

    Warss – Imaam adh Dhahabi wrote a book on Tibbun Nabawee just like our beloved scholars Imaam Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah and Imaam an Nawawee – may Allaah have mercy upon them. Page 358 lists “Al Ghumrah” as a second (Arabic) name and Memecylon Tinctorium as its scientific name.

    Baarakallaahu feekunna.

  43. Thanks for ure answer I can’t find al ghamrah. Plus I’m looking for an English name as here no one knows Arabic names please if you could find out for me I’d really appreciate and I wanted the picture of Al warss please.Thanks a lot

  44. This recipe is for treating – not curing – localized (Focal, Segmental and Mucosal) Vitiligo:

    2 spoonfuls of garlic juice
    2 spoonfuls of vinegar
    1/2 spoonful of yellow sulphur

    Mix well. Apply to the patches three to four times per day.

    {Do not cover your body with this mixture. Do not treat Universal Vitiligo (complete depigmentation) with this recipe. This mixture should be used on small patches first.} If this treatment is – by Allaah – successful, proceed on to treating other small patches in different areas of your body.

    Pure Bergamot Oil, just simply apply the oil to the patches. The dr. also mentions using Bee Propolis and honey but does not give exact details on how to go about this.

    Excerpts from pages 35 & 36 of Alf Su-aal wa Jawwaab fee ‘Ilmil Aa’shaab by Dr. Jaabir al Qahtaanee

    Ask Allaah to guide you to what’s best, make lots of du’aa, make ruqyah, the Quraan is a shifaa. Please talk to your healthcare provider and seek advice from a skilled herbalist. You’ve probably have been advised many times to have patience… but I must say it…have sabr. Allaah rewards those who are patient.

    Narrated Abu Hurairah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “There is no disease that Allaah has sent down except that He also has sent down its treatment.” {Saheeh al Bukharee/The Book of Medicine}

    Vitiligo & Hijaamah – I downloaded a chart from a Chinese cupping web site illustrating the best points to extract blood. I will elaborate after creating a new thread for you, In Shaa Allaah.

    As for Warss, I uploaded a picture here. I came across some interesting facts, so bookmark the page and check back from time to time for updates.

    Lastly, laa ba-sa tahoorun In Shaa Allaah.

  45. Hina, place Kaffu Maryam in cool water, wait for it to open up/leaves to turn green again, boil the leaves, allow it to sit over night then drink its water three times a day. {Some say boiling isn’t necessary, just keep it in water overnight, drink it in the morning.} Allaahu Aa’lam. I’ll post more “recipes” for you In Shaa Allaah.

    ‘Afwan Shabeen, I don’t know. Allaahu Aa’lam. I may reopen my natural beauty and online herb store to help those in need of acquiring Prophetic Medicine, In Shaa Allaah.

  46. As Salam wailaikum,
    May I know what is krill oil called in arabic? I have been looking online but cannot seem to find it anywhere unfortunately, I understand its a very good supplement for omega 3.
    Thanks will really appreciate it.

  47. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. No problem. It’s called Zaytul Kreel/Zeetul Kreel زيت الكريل.

    Jazaakillaahu khair.

  48. As salamwalaikum, thanks for your prompt reply. I’m sorry to inconvenience you once more but if you may know the name for St. John’s wort as well it would be a great help. Sorry I forgot to ask earlier in the previous post. Thanks a lot.

  49. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Don’t worry about it. I’m passionate about herbs and Prophetic Medicine.

    St. John’s Wort – حشيشة القلب – Hasheeshatul Qalb. The locals tend to call it سانت جونز – Saant Jawnz/Saant Joonz and سان Saan (without ت/t) Jawnz/Joonz.

  50. As salamwailaikum, jazakallahu khaira, thanks so much. Really appreciate your help. Inshallah I hope you will continue to help many others like me and i hope to find ithe two items above in my local pharmacy.

  51. Assalaam Alaykum,
    Can you help me find the English name for ‘Qundoos or Kundoos’ it is a root herb and when crushed its colour is yellow. If it is sniffed it makes the person sneeze alot.

  52. Asalamoalaikum
    My name is Muhammad Rehan khan from abbottabad(Pakistan)
    Any one who is Arab /Farsi dan/ or any other urdu speaking, i request to kindly let me know the urdu or hindi name of ( Ghubbar-us-Samma )
    and is it a herb, a fruit, or a vegitable ?

  53. asalama alaykum warahmatulahi wabarakatu ikhwani is any body know in english kaffu maryam

  54. Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh , dear sister Haneefa, do you know anything about an her
    b called “asf”? I could be pronouncing it wrong. What is it for and how to use it. BarakaAllahu feeki.

  55. Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Yes. Asf is generally called Asful Bikr. I will create a thread for you with a literal translation, details and a photo, In Shaa Allaah.

    Wa feeki baarakallaah.

  56. As-salam alaykum, I wanted to know if you could help me find the arabic names of these herbs: Gotu kola/Centella asiatica, Brahmi/Bacopa monnieri, Ashwaghandha/Withania somnifera (Winter Cherry/Indian Ginseng), Vacha/Acorus calamus, Tagara (Indian Valerian/Valeriana wallichi), and Tulsi/Ocimum tenuiflorum.

  57. plz tell me the arabic name of a herb used by hazrat ayesha for scars.here it is famous by wars.and can u show the pic

  58. Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I’ve never heard of Sazabu, however, I will try my best to find out what is In Shaa Allaah.

    As for Khusdul Hindi (Qust al Hindi), it is called “Indian Aloes Wood” in English.

    I will update you as soon as I can.

  59. Assalam alaikum warahmatullah
    Pls what is the arabic name for date palm pollen powder. Jazakallahu khairan

  60. Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Ask for “Boodrah Tal’ Laqaah.”

    بودرة طلع لقاح

    Baarakallaahu feeki.

  61. As-salamoalaikum
    As u mentioned above that maryam boti and nabi boti are two different herbs and u said that Arabic name of nabi boti is Kas’een so I want to know its biological name and how to use it for conceiving???
    Pray for me jazak Allah

  62. Hello does anybody know where i can buy waras from i live in the uk and cant find it anywhere. English name-flemingia grahamiana

  63. Aoa,I need details n English name of qulb-ul-hajr(its Arabic word for a herb I think or as said in a book).I hope I will get your answer quickly..

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