Herbal medicinal garden

April 22, 2011 by Dr Maulik Vyas 1 Comment The herb of basil is considered as a sacred plant in Hinduism. The herbal plant has pleasant aroma and innumerable medical benefits due to what it is one of the precious herbs as described in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia texts such as Bhavaprakash and Dhanvantari Nighantu. The whole plant of holy basil (all parts like stem, leaves, and flowers etc.) possesses medicinal values. Pale yellowish oil found in the seeds of the holy basil possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-histaminic action5. Tulasi is also widely used in cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos, hair oils, face packs, hair packs and skin cream to improve the hair and skin texture. The sacred basil is an integral part of all the rites performed for worshipping Indian Gods. Tulasi is one of those unique herbs, recipe of which can be modified according to the health ailments. The holy basil rasam: In South Indian states, holy basil is widely used in complexly made dish called rasam that is served with white or brown rice, the staple food of South Indian states. In America, the best source of getting tulasi plant is from Hindu shrine places like temples (ISKCON Temples  in USA for example). Readymade tulasi teas in the form of green teas are available in supermarket that you can ask at the counter. Fennels seeds are a must have spice in your kitchen that can add flavor and aroma to your dishes. In addition to its use in cooking and as a medicinal herb, fennel seeds are a powerhouse of numerous health benefiting nutrients, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fennel seeds play a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine as they have numerous health benefits.
Fennels seeds have been found to have antiseptic properties which help in preventing acne and other skin infections. As mentioned above, fennel seeds contain good amounts of flavonoid anti-oxidants that help in protecting your body from many kinds of diseases including the deadly cancer. According to a study published in December 2012 issue of the Journal of Food Science, fennel seeds contain naturally occurring nitrite compounds that are helpful in promoting healthy blood circulation. Fennel seeds have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that are very helpful in relieving pain associated with inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
The minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium found in fennel seeds contribute to improving the strength and development of bones. Fennel seeds act as a natural expectorant, making it an excellent remedy for cough and mucus builds up. Fennels seeds contain volatile essential oil compounds that promote digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric and digestive juices. The high amounts of copper and iron in fennel seeds promote the increased production of red blood cells. Fennel seeds happen to be a natural diuretic that helps in the removal of excess water from your body by increasing the production of urine. Fennel seeds promote weight loss by increasing metabolism of sugars and fats in addition to breaking up the fat deposits from your body.  The diuretic properties of this herb help in preventing water retention.
The consumption of fennel seeds has been found to improve cognitive functions and increase memory. According to research, fennel seeds contain certain compounds that can help in improving your eyesight and in preventing loss of vision.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Cardamom is very effective in providing relief from various oral ailments like sore-throat and pharyngitis. Use powdered cardamom seeds to flavour milk and add little honey to it; give this to the patient every night before going to sleep. An infusion made by boiling a cup of water with cardamom and mint is very beneficial in providing relief from hiccups.
Found in almost all Hindus’ houses, the holy basil is mandatorily planted in and around Hindu shrines. In Hindu culture Tulsi Vivaah is the ceremonial wedding of the holy plant) to the Hindu God Vishnu or (his Avatar) Lord Krishna. It has proven properties of antibacterial1, genoprotection for genotoxicity2, radioprotection3, and anti-hyperlipidemic for cardio-protection4. Also, a research on Ocimum sanctum to know its biological activities show that the plant has potent antipyretic (preventing or alleviating the fever) properties5. Juice from the holy basil leaves can be taken PO (per os, by mouth) and also used topically for several skin problems such as irritation due to insect bites. Also, in toothpastes, the extracts of holy basil are used for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. During poojas (Indian ritual to worship the god with diyas), the basil leaves are put in water to make it holy. Putting herb in various dishes and drinks not only betters the recipe in aroma and taste but also turns it into a healthy diet.
Said this, the leaves of holy basil can be cooked with other herbs and spices as per the signs and symptoms. The main ingredients of rasam are mashed toor (thoor) daal, holy basil leaves, tamarind paste, turmeric, green chili, tomato, asafetida and mustard. And if you want tulasi pills, you can place an order online for single herb Tulasi as manufactured by many renowned herbaceuticals (herbal pharmaceuticals) like Himalaya Healthcare. Fennel has been mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon herbal manuscript called the Lacnunga as one of the nine herbs that have powerful healthbenefits. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, most of which is insoluble fiber that promotes digestive health.
Although popularly known as a culinary herb, these seeds have many medicinal properties that make it an effective remedy for several health problems. The powerful antioxidants in them help in preventing cell damage caused by the free radicals, thereby reducing the appearance of aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots.

These antioxidants can help in lowering your risk of cancers by destroying the free radicals and thus preventing the oxidative damage to cells and DNA. They also help in dilating your blood vessels, thereby reducing your chances of high blood pressure. This dietary fiber along with the high content of antioxidants helps in lowering the bad cholesterol or LDL levels. According to scientists, fennels seeds have the ability to slow down the production of cells that destroy bones. They contain two compounds called alpha-pinene and creosol that help in reducing phlegm and mucous, thus providing relief from cold, cough, nasal congestion, asthma bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. Women who suffer from menstrual cramps and other premenstrual symptoms can find relief with the help of these seeds.
The high amount of fiber helps in controlling your appetite by making you feel fuller for long hours and preventing overeating. This herb is an excellent source of potassium, which is helpful in improving blood circulation to the nerves and brain cells, thus making them very active. They are available in supermarkets all year around either in the form of seeds or in the form of processed powder.
It has a very strong and prominent fragrance and when added to food gives it a distinct taste and aroma. Even for the patients who have problem while urinating or have scanty urine, cardamom provides great relief.
You can make a decoction by boiling cardamom and cinnamon in the water by boiling it for few minutes. This provides excellent results if taken on regular basis for patients suffering from any sexual dysfunction. Furthermore, the holy basil has been prescribed by ancient folk practitioners to cure various types of ulcers due to its anti-ulcer activity as a combination of antisecretory, antagonistic and anti inflammatory action5. This water is sprinkled around with the belief that it makes the place sacred by destroying the evil spirit and negative energy.
Tulasi alone or some time along with other spices and herbs is put in teas and decoctions to clear mild to moderate respiratory tract infections such as tonsillitis, sore throat, pharyngitis, laryngitis and xenophonia (hoarseness of the voice) and even in pneumonia.
Let us take two examples with holy basil as common ingredient but two different dishes indicated in allergic problems and abdominal discomfort respectively. It can be taken as healthy soup as indicated in indigestion, abdominal discomfort and flatulence.
Having a sweet taste similar to that of anise, fennel seeds are an important spice used extensively in Mediterranean cooking.
Fennel seeds are very low in saturated fat and cholesterol and are a good source of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and B group vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. They are also capable of toning your skin and making it firm, thereby increasing its elasticity and softness. A tissue culture study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in September 2011, suggested that the antioxidants and other compounds found in fennel seeds may have the power to protect you from certain types of cancer. Another reason for the anti-hypertensive effect of fennel seeds is the presence of high amounts of potassium that balances the effects of sodium in your body. It has also been found that fennel helps in increasing the good or HDL cholesterol as well. A study conducted in animals suggested that fennel seeds can prevent bone breakdown and hence is effective in preventing conditions like osteoporosis. Fennel seeds are extremely helpful for lactating mothers as they help in the increased secretion of milk. According to scientists, fennel seeds are beneficial for certain diseases related to the brain such as memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These studies suggest that fennels seeds may be used as a potential remedy for treating or preventing glaucoma, a vision-impairing disease which is associated with increased pressure in the eyes. It not only helps improve digestive system but also works as mouth freshner removing any spicy or left over flavour in mouth. Because of their healing and medicinal properties, the use of these seeds has become increasingly popular.
It has therapeutic properties, boil cardamom in water for some time, you can have this water or you can even make tea with this water. It is a great option to cure various health problems without leading to any heath complication. Tuberose oil has many health properties like aphrodisiac, deodorant, relaxing, sedative and warming substance. Also, the holy water of basil is given to everyone at the end of religious rite as prasadam. The action is believed to happen because of volatile substances found in holy basil that possess anti-cough, anti histamine, anti-tussive and antibacterial properties6.
The plant does not require much attention as keeping seeds in a pot with little fertilizer and black soil and watering them daily will get you a healthy holy basil plant in a few months.
Although a native to southern Europe, fennel is also grown widely in other parts of Europe, the Middle East, India, China, and Turkey.
They also contain high amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese. For making this tea, take three teaspoons of fennel seeds in a mortar and pestle and crush them.
Fennel seeds also contain folates which are found to be effective in suppressing the effects of homocysteine molecules that can cause damage to your artery walls, which in turn can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Furthermore the fibers in these seeds add volume to your stools and regularize your bowel movements, thus preventing constipation. Fennel seeds have anti-flatulent properties and are also used in the treatment of colic and indigestion.
Pregnant women are advised not to use excess amounts of fennel seeds as they are uterine stimulants.
The tinctures of cardamom are used in various medicines to provide relief to the patients from gastric disorders as well as flatulence.

You can use this water for gargling every day, and doing so would protect you from frequent flu attacks. Fennel seeds or saunf  (Urdu) are generally used in cooking to impart a lovely aroma and taste but they also have dense nutritional value that makes them an extremely healthy and medicinal herb. Fennel seeds contain several flavonoid antioxidants such as quercetin and kaempferol, and numerous essential oil compounds like anethole, anisic aldehyde, chavicol, and pinene, that have strong antioxidant and medicinal properties. Add the crushed seeds to two cups of boiling water and allow the fennel seeds to steep for about 10 to 15 minutes.
These qualities along with their anti-hypertensive properties make fennel seeds a heart healthy food. These problems can be remedied by drinking the water that is boiled with two tablespoons of fennel seeds powder. In some countries, fennel seeds are eaten after meals because they serve as a digestive aid and also as a wonderful mouth freshener. Researchers have found out that cardamom contains calcium, iron, phosphorous, protein, fibre, volatile oil, ether extract and carbohydrate.
Few cardamom seeds can be crushed and mixed with cloves, coriander and ginger to improve digestion. This small and wonder spice found in our kitchen has various healing and curative properties.
The flowers bloom in the night and because of this reason it is also known as Night Queen or Mistress of the Night.
The flower grows in abundance in India and Central America and is in high demand for the production of perfume in Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and AfricaThe main components of Tuberose oil are benzyl acetate, butyric acid, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, menthyl benzoate, menthyl anthranilate and nerol. This is an excellent remedy to prevent hair fall and also to get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp. In addition to its uses in the culinary field, fennel seeds sometimes used to get rid of fleas and ticks. This oil is an aphrodisiac and is widely used as an aphrodisiac in aromatherapy and in herbal medicines. It has a strong, powerful and exciting floral scent and it has the power to fill the atmosphere with romance and love.
There are components in the oil which boosts the parts of the brain which are responsible for arousal, sexual feelings and libido and this is effective when used in aromatherapy or taken orally. Relax the MindIt relaxes the mind and has a warming effect on the organs and this in turn will increase the circulation of the blood.
Tuberose oil is known for its deodorant properties and it is world famous for its use in perfumes.
The fragrance of the oil is rich, intense and long lasting and this makes it the ideal component for the production of deodorants. The oil is in demand in countries with hot and humid climates where the people have to deal with sweat and ensuing body odour.The pleasing fragrance and different chemical components of the tuberose oil have relaxing effects on the brain, nerves and muscles. It relieves people from stress, anxiety, tension, depression, anger, nervous problems, convulsions, cramps, diarrhoea and spasmodic coughs. It is good for sedative inflammations connected to the nervous system and respiratory system.
Tuberose oil boosts and increases the blood circulation throughout the body resulting in a warming effect on the body.
This is effective to counter the feeling of cold during winters and keeps the respiratory system warm thus preventing the deposition of phlegm and catarrh. Sweet and Heavy FragranceTuberose oil is also used for keeping the skin free of infections and cracks; it is used in hair oil to counter nausea and reduces the tendency of vomiting and effect of foul smells in some areas. Tuberose is a tender, tall, slim perennial with long slender leaves, tuberous root and large, fragrant and white lily like flowers and it grows wild in Central America and India.
Tuberose oil is ideal for removing bad body odour and is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil. Since the odour is too strong it may cause headaches and irritation to the nerves if used in high concentration so it is important to use it in mild doses for better results. Tuberose oil blends well with essential oil of Jojoba and it blends well with other essential oils like bergamot, clary sage, geranium, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, rose and vetiver.
Scent Producing FlowersTuberoses are the ideal flower to grow if you love flowery scents and these are one of the most scent producing flowers. Even though these plants grow in warm weather conditions it can be grown in colder areas where there are warm sunny planting sites. The tuberose is called so because it forms a bulb-like stem underground and this is called tuber. In Cuba it is called azucena and the meaning of all these words are same, fragrance that comes in the night.
Tuberose flower can be grown on outdoor gardening sites and for this you have to select a well drained soil area.
Make sure that the soil selected for growing the plant is dry type of soil because the plants will die in water logged soil. These plants can be grown through container gardening like clay pots and well drained soil mixture. Needs WaterThe plant needs water especially in the initial stages so you have to keep watering the tuberose generously by soaking the soil. Tuberose plants need a lot of nutrition so it is important to keep supplying heavy dose of fertilisers in the growth stage. The flower in the plant appears during the middle of summer or late in the summer after 3 or 4 months after plantation.

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