MEDICINAL PLANT FROM ROYAL THAI CUISINE OF SUAN SUNANDHA PALACE
From past to present, the royal Thai cuisine was the healthy food, it help to treat, and prevent various diseases. This study was the qualitative research which aimed to study the kind of medicinal plants, and its medicinal properties from the royal Thai cuisine. The data was compiled from the document, and in-depth interview of who was inherited the family from Suan Sunandha Palace, and who had a relationship to royal Thai cuisine. The findings revealed that the royal Thai cuisine was set as the food deck. It was consist of many types of food in the same deck, such as cooked rice, fresh tamarind paste, fresh and steam vegetable, hot and sour soup, (Tom-Yam), sweet fried beef, salted egg yolk, sweet pork, fried mackerel, spicy mixed vegetable soup, herbal vegetables salad, winged bean salad, lemon grass salad. In case of vegetable, it was found 14 important kind of medicinal plants as follows: garlic, turmeric, galangal, ginger, lemon grass, hot basil leaves, chili, pepper, bergamot exocarp, fresh tamarind, ripe tamarind, lemon, citron, and onion, respectively. The all of medicinal properties was related to carminative, constipation, flatulence, expectorants, appetite, abdominal colic, laxatives, cough, nourishment, sweat, cholesterol, blood sugar, gastritis, healing wounds, nausea, vomiting, dysentery, urinary disease, asthma, cholera, digestion, blood circulation, diuretic, indigestion, fart, menstruation, sore throat, diabetes, beriberi, dizziness, edema, inflammation, and nasal congestion.