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Herbs

In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a “spice”, a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

Cassia Angustifolia (Senna India, Tinnevelly Senna, Cassia Senna)

Cassia Angustifolia (Senna India, Tinnevelly Senna, Cassia Senna) — Family Name: Caesalpiniaceae Botanical Name: Cassia Angustifolia Common Name: Senna, Senna India, Tinnevelly Senna, Cassia Senna Part Used: Pods, Stems, Leaves Habitat: Cultivated in dry lands of Southern & Western India, and indigenous to Arabia. Uses: It is recognized by British and US pharmacopoeias. It is useful in habitual costiveness. It …

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Boswellia Serrata (Indian Olibanum Tree, Olibanum, Luban, Gond)

Boswellia Serrata (Indian Olibanum Tree, Olibanum, Luban, Gond) — Family Name: Burseraceae Botanical Name: Boswellia Serrata Common Name: Indian Olibanum Tree, Olibanum, Luban, Gond Part Used: Bark, Gum Resin Uses: The bark is sweet, cooling and tonic. It is good in vitiated conditions of Pitta, cough, asthama. It is useful in fevers, urethrorrhea, diaphoresis, convulsions, chronic laryngitis, jaundice and arthritis. …

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Basil Herb (Tulsi)

Basil Herb (Tulsi) — Family Name: Lamiaceae Botanical Name: Ocimum Sanctum Common Name: Basil, Sacred Basil, Holy Basil, Tulsi Part Used: Leaves, Seeds Habitat: Found Throughout India. Uses: It is Diaphoteric, Anti periodic, Stimulating, Expectorant and Anti-catarrhal. It is used in malaria, catarrh, bronchitis and gastric disorders. It also lowers blood sugar levels and its powder is used for mouth …

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Bacopa Monniera (Herpestis Monnieria, Thyme Leaved Gratiola, Brahmi)

Bacopa Monniera (Herpestis Monnieria, Thyme Leaved Gratiola, Brahmi) — Family Name: Scrophulariaceae Botanical Name: Bacopa Monniera Common Name: Herpestis Monnieria, Thyme Leaved Gratiola, Brahmi Part Used: Whole Plant Habitat: Grows in Marshy places and cultivated South India. Uses: It is Diuretic, Cardiac, Nervine and Tonic. It is reported to improve intellect, treatment of asthma, hoarseness, insanity, epilepsy. It is a …

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Azadirachta Indica (Lilac, Margosa Tree, Neem Chal)

Azadirachta Indica (Lilac, Margosa Tree, Neem Chal) — Family Name: Meliaceae Botanical Name: Azadirachta Indica Common Name: Lilac, Margosa Tree, Neem, Neem Chal Part Used: Leaves, Flower, Oil, Seed Habitat: It is evergreen and grows throughout India. Use: Vermifuge, Insecticide, Astringent, Tonic and Antispetic. It posseses anti diabitic, anti bacterial and anti viral properties and used sucessfully in cases of …

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Centella Asiatica (Pennywort, Indian Pennywort, Artayniya-E Hindi, Jal Brahmi)

Centella Asiatica (Pennywort, Indian Pennywort, Artayniya-E Hindi, Jal Brahmi) — Family Name: Apiaceae Botanical Name: Centella Asiatica Common Name: Pennywort, Indian Pennywort, Artayniya-E Hindi, Jal Brahmi Part Used: Whole Plant Habitat: Grown in waterlogged places throughout India. Uses: It is Tonic, Diuretic and Alternative. It is used in treatment of leprosy and known to ameliorate the symptoms of the disease …

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Asparagus Racemosus (Wild Asparagus, Asparagus Root, Shatavari)

Asparagus Racemosus (Wild Asparagus, Asparagus Root, Shatavari) — Family Name: Liliaceae Botanical Name: Asparagus Racemosus Common Name: Asparagus, Wild Asparagus, Asparagus Root, Shatavari Part Used: Tuberous roots Uses: The roots are bitter, sweet, emollient, cooling, nervine, tonic, constipating, opthalimic, anobyne, aphrodisiac. They are useful in nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumors, scalding of urine, throat infections, tuberculosis, cough bronchitis and general debility. …

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Ashwagandha (Withania, Indian Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng)

Ashwagandha (Withania, Indian Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng) — Family Name: Solanaceae Botanical Name: Withania Somnifera Common Name: Withania, Winter Cherry, Indian Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha Part Used: Root, Leaves Habitat: Cultivated throughout drier parts of India. Uses: It is Tonic, Abortifacient, Astringent, Deobstruent, Nervine, Aphrodisiac and Sedative. It is official Indian Pharmacoepeia. It is popularly known as Indian Ginseng. …

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Aromatherapy Herbs

Aromatherapy Herbs — Aromatherapy is an alternative field of medicine used for the treatment or prevention of diseases. It involves use of herbal oils. Aromatherapy activates the limbic system and emotional centers of the brain, activate thermal receptors, and kill microbes and fungi. Aromatherapy is used in the treatment of various diseases such as bronchitis, fatigue, migraines, respiratory ailments, acne, …

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Aloe Vera (Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Ghi Kunvar)

Aloe Vera (Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Ghi Kunvar) — Family Name: Liliaceae Botanical Name: Aloe Vera, Aloe Barbadensis Common Name: Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Ghi Kunvar Part Used: Flowers, Roots Habitat: South and South Western India. Uses: It is useful for X ray burns, Dermatitis, Cutaneous and disorders of skin. Drug from juice is tonic …

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