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Medicinal herbs used in ayurveda 63

Habitat of the herb: Fields, hedgerows, woodland edges and clearings and moist waste ground. Propagation of White Dead Nettle: Seed - this species usually self sows freely and should not require human intervention.
Cultivation of the herb: Fields, hedgerows, woodland edges and clearings and moist waste ground.
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.
Pepper Elder is use for herbal treatment for hemorrhages, gout, renal disorders and rheumatic joint pain.
Pepper Elder is the local name for the annual, shallow-rooted herb known as Peperomia Pellucida. Pepper Elder and many other herbs have been replaced by modern medicine but it still continues to have its purpose in the world of herbal medicine. Pepper Elder is known to be very good at combating fatigue; some local farmers even feed it to their horses and donkeys in an effort to stave off tiredness. NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice. Foxglove is an essential component of cottage gardens; a drift of these flowers blooming in a lightly shaded woodland garden is a memorable sight. Also found wild in pastures and burned-over areas on the Pacific coast from British Columbia to northern California. It is doubtful that Digitalis purpurea is found in China; if found it has not been identified. When our ancestors first used foxglove to treat heart failure, they didn’t know that this fuchsia-flowered plant contained molecules called glycosides that stimulate heart cells. Often cultivated as an ornamental but is a potentially dangerous drug, digitalis should only be used under the care of a doctor. In many parts of the English speaking world both the leaves and seeds are referred to as coriander. To add to the confusion about coriander many Americans speak of the seeds as “coriander” (in Europe coriander is the plant).
Coriander leaves (cilantro) are believed to help fight heavy metal poisoning as for example amalgam that has been used in teeth and mercury or lead.
Tests have although shown that coriander has a positive effect on people suffering from diabetes. Coriander tea is used in many parts of the Middle East to help relieve anxiety and insomnia. It is often used for this purpose by smokers or people who have enjoyed a lovely meal containing garlic. Scape: Chives plants have hollow tubular scape or stem growing between 2 and 3 cm in diameter and 50 cm in length.
Soil pH Requirements: The soil ph should ideally range from 6 to 7 for them to grow properly.


The seeds can be germinated indoors in organic soil or they can be planted under a protective cloche. One should water the soil properly before planting or transplanting Chives so that the roots can be properly established.
It is used as a fresh herb to add a special flavor to different dishes in various cuisines. This herb is a main ingredient for many traditional dishes in the French and Swedish cuisines. Chives are a main ingredient of a sauce called Graddfil, served along with the traditional herring fish dish during the midsummer celebrations in Sweden. It is sometimes used for controlling high blood pressure and lowering high levels of cholesterol.
This mild flavored herb can be an excellent source of folic acid, fiber, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium and calcium when consumed in moderate amounts during pregnancy.
These herbaceous plants were believed to be capable of providing protection from evil spirits. It is a traditional treatment for abnormal vaginal discharge and is sometimes taken to relieve painful periods.
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. The roots are also used to treat fevers and juice extract from the plant is also believed to help lower cholesterol and is also used to treat skin disorders such as acne and boils. Pepper Elder flowers all year round and thrives in damp habitats with humid soils and tropical to subtropical climate.
Today, Pepper Elder is primarily grown as a beautiful addition to many gardens due to its ornamental leaves. Omura discovered how soup with coriander leaves had a positive effect on reducing the amount of heavy metals in the body. However, it is not advisable to start harvesting until they are properly established with a good root-system. The small bulbs of these onion plants are also washed and chopped for using them for culinary purposes.
However, one can use tarragon and green onion tops as a substitute for this herb in case it is absolutely unavailable.
The flowering tops are antispasmodic, astringent, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, hypnotic, pectoral, resolvent, sedative, styptic, tonic, vasoconstrictor and vulnerary. 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. Besides being found in Jamaica and the Caribbean, the herb is also found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and the Americas.
The plant still has a number of uses and health benefits that can be had by eating the herb cooked or raw. Pepper Elder is also used as a herbal treatment for hemorrhages, gout, renal disorders and rheumatic joint pain. The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993 Chinese Medicinal Herbs, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973. This edible onion plant has numerous culinary and medicinal uses while it is also popularly grown in herb gardens all over the world. However, care should be taken not to use very large amounts of this herb in cooking as it might hamper the taste of the food. Their violate flowers are widely valued for their beauty and are often used in ornamental flower bouquets. An infusion is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder complaints, diarrhoea, menstrual problems, bleeding after childbirth, vaginal discharges and prostatitis.
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. Pepper Elder usually grows in clumps from anywhere between 15 to 45 centimeters in height and is identifiable by its succulent stems, fleshy, heart-shaped leaves and small dot-like seeds that are attached fruiting spikes.
The entire plant is edible and is used to combat ailments such as flatulence, fatigue and abdominal pain. The Rodale Herb Book: How to Use, Grow, and Buy Nature's Miracle Plants (An Organic gardening and farming book), edited by William H.
Due to this reason it is important to prevent Chives from flowering to use the stems for culinary purposes.
One can also chop the fresh herb after washing them properly and freeze them inside ice cubes in order to store them. Externally, the plant is made into compresses and applied to piles, varicose veins and vaginal discharges.
Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. The juices from the Pepper Elder can also be extracted by boiling it and allowing it to steep. A distilled water from the flowers and leaves makes an excellent and effective eye lotion to relieve ophthalmic conditions. This juice can either be used to create herbal tea or a tonic that is said to be beneficial to the blood.
Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, lower the heat and simmer until it has been reduced to a slightly thick syrup.
Quality potting soils are ideal for growing them indoors; however, plenty of sunlight is required for their proper growth even when growing indoors. Pepper Elder does also have culinary uses as its spicy fruit can be used as a substitute for commercial pepper and is an addition to a few local dishes. After the liquid cooled down, it can be poured into a small bottle and stored in the fridge.Stevia enhances the flavor of lemon, tomato and fruit, gives a creamier texture to homemade ice cream and remains stable when combined with acidic food.
Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.Mountain Herb Estate, and its representatives will not be held responsible for the improper use of any plants or documentation provided.



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