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Which are the most popular medicinal plants in the area of the north Black Sea coast?

Djeni Cherneva, Galina Yaneva, Dobri Ivanov


This study is part of a broader ethnobotanical research conducted in the area of the North Black Sea Coast in the period April - June 2015, using face-toface interviews technique. The respondents were 185 randomly selected local people.

The aim of this study was to determine the most popular herbs, along with data collection of their respective common names, useful plant parts and ethnobotanical uses. In addition to the above, we aimed to ascertain the so called Grandma`s herbs - the most popular herbs the knowledge for which is based on the oral tradition of verbal transmission, i.e. by word of mouth through successive generations.

Out of 103 plant species belonging to 54 families included in the survey, 83 species were native to Bulgaria, and 20 species - foreign plants. The survey data was completed for 79 plant species endemic to Bulgaria.

Sound knowledge of herbs and their ethnobotanical use among local population of the North Black Sea Coast was determined based on the research data. Top 26 most popular Bulgarian medicinal plants were respectively defined as Grandma`s herbs.


Keywords: ethnobotanical research; herbs; North Black Sea Coast

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