Topic:- Natural Resources
Subtopic:- Medicinal Plant
Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum is an annual plant which is generally found in the Indian sub-continent. It is regarded as one of the most sacred plants in India and is found in many Indian households. Almost all parts of tulsi plant can be consumed which includes leaves, flowers, seeds and bark. While there are many therapeutic benefits attributed to tulsi, some of the major benefits include those of a digestion aid and immune booster.
- Common name: Holy Basil, Sacred Basil
- Sanskrit name: Tulasi
- Hindi name: tulsi
- Scientific name: Ocimum sanctum and Ocimum tenuiflorum
- Sub-categories –KrishnaTulasi, Shri Tulasi, Vana Tulasi
Tulsi plant can be found all overIndiaranging from the foot hills of the Himalayas in the north to the tropics in the south till Kanya Kumari. The plant generally grows in moist soil. It reaches a height of about 1½ feet. Tulsi belongs to the family of Lamiceae or the mint plants category.
Chemical constituents or active compounds
Tulsi contains chemical compounds such as eugenol, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, chlorophyll, caryophyllene, oleanolic acid and linolenic acid. Nutritional compounds found in tulsi include vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron and zinc.
Scientific research in the recent times has shed light on the therapeutic benefits of tulsi. Consuming tulsi regularly could impart several benefits such as following.
- Boosts the immune system with its antimicrobial properties and fights against fevers, cough and cold.
- Possesses anti-diabetic properties. It also helps in arresting blood cholesterol levels.
- Protects your eyes against ocular diseases such as cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma and opthalmia.
- A very good home remedy for respiratory and lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.
- Provides easy oral and dental care due to its antibacterial properties.
- A good source of antioxidants which check the development of free radicals.
- Very effective insect repellent with larvicidal properties against several insects.
Turmeric is an herb from the ginger family that is most commonly used as spice to flavor South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is especially known as a major ingredient in curry powder and is used extensively in India and other Asian countries. The intense yellow pigment in turmeric has also been used as a coloring agent in fabrics as well as foods, such as mustards and cheeses.
Turmeric is often referred to as “Curcumin”, a type of phytochemical (a chemical compound found in plants, beneficial to human health) known as a polyphenol. It is turmeric’s main active ingredient and the source of turmeric’s medicinal benefits. The powerful healing properties of turmeric have made it an important herb in both Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. Research over the past several decades verifies the effectiveness of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer agent. It has been used to combat everything from skin disorders to gastrointestinal upset to arthritis to cancer.
Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Agent
The curcumin in turmeric works to prevent the forming of inflammatory compounds in the body, which helps reduce the effects of inflammation such as swelling and pain. This action results in a similar effect to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, yet with less harmful side effects. It has helped to prevent and alleviate joint pain occurring in conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. It not only prevented the onset of arthritis in most cases, but it also halted much of the joint deterioration in the rats that had already developed the disease. Curcumin in turmeric appears to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, an inflammatory condition that seldom occurs among the elderly in populations that consume it on a regular basis.
Potential for Reducing Cancer
Turmeric contains antioxidants known as curcuminoids, one of which is five times more potent than vitamin E. Such anti-oxidant power offers great protection against the work of free radicals in many conditions involving inflammation and oxidative damage, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Offsetting the oxidative damage from free radicals is particularly helpful in reducing cholesterol. Cholesterol reduction in turn protects blood vessels from the build-up of plaque leading to heart attacks and strokes. A significant reduction of the type of free radicals that damage arterial walls was observed in the participants of one study who took 500 mg. of curcumin daily for only one week.
Numerous findings have emerged from extensive research over the past fifty years indicating that curcumin may help in the prevention and treatment of some forms of cancer. It is believed that properties in turmeric may prevent spreading of certain types of cancer cells within the body, as well as slow the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
It is also thought that curcumin may block the growth of breast cancer cells and slow the progress of cervical cancer in its early stages.
Weight and Insulin Control
Turmeric also shows promise of improving glucose tolerance: people who were given this herb showed an increased production of insulin by the pancreas. In test tube experiments, extracts of turmeric enhanced the ability of insulin to metabolize blood glucose threefold. A study done with mice published in the Journal of Nutrition revealed that curcumin might be of value in overcoming obesity. In this experiment, mice that were fed a high-fat diet and given curcumin supplements had reduced weight gain and lowered blood cholesterol levels. The findings suggest that dietary curcumin may have a beneficial role in preventing obesity.
Other Uses for Turmeric
Turmeric aids liver function and detoxification and is thought to prevent fatty acid accumulation in and around the organ. There is also some evidence to show that it promotes bile flow and helps to prevent and dissolve gallstones. It is also helpful for stimulating digestion and aiding in the assimilation of foods.
A topical preparation of turmeric in the form of a poultice or paste has been used to reduce inflammation and swelling due to sprains, wounds, bruises and insect bites. It also serves as a natural antiseptic for preventing infection and speeding up healing in cuts and burns. In India and China, a paste consisting of turmeric is placed directly onto lesions, measles, mumps and chicken pox. Another common use of turmeric is for providing relief from the pain and itching of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Other traditional remedies use the herb for relieving everything from congestion and fever to diarrhea and colic.
The antiviral antifungal properties of Neem make it all the more useful. Modern research also provides indication that it might in future be used much more widely. In Ayurvedic text Neem has been regarded as the “Sarva-roga-nivarini” as it keeps all disease away. The blood purification property of Neem made it favorite natural ingredient. Every part of Neem such as bark, seed oil, leaf, root, gum, seed kernels has medicinal properties and hence used in therapeutic preparations. Some of them are listed below:
- Neem oil – It is extracted from Neem seed. It has insecticidal property so used as pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and for other application.
- Neem leaves- It has great importance in Ayurveda. It is applied as the paste form in skin to cure skin problems. It is also beneficial for chicken pox. It is used to make Neem tea i.e. consumed to reduce fever due to Malaria and to treat irritated throat. Fresh Neem leaves are consumed to cure Diabetes. It also smoothening effect.
- Neem twig – It is used as a teeth cleaning brush in Indian sub continent. It is extremely beneficial for teeth.
- Neem seed cake – It is the left over part of Neem seed used to enrich the soil. It also reduces the nitrogen loss of soil. It is also used as nematicide.
- Neem extract has spermicidal properties, so it is used for making contraceptives.
- Neem enhances the body’s internal defense system. And boost our natural immunity.
- In addition to them, it is great to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin infections.
So we must, preserve and plant Neem and use it to our level based to create healthy world which is the goal of Ayurveda.
Different parts of Neem tree are being used extensively in manufacturing of soaps, skin creams/lotions, shampoos, toothpastes, beauty aids and toiletries. The Neem twigs are more commonly being used as antiseptic tooth brushes. In most cases Neem oil/extract is being used for making these cosmetics like soaps and tooth pastes etc.
It is in agriculture where most of the scientists focused their research for exploring the benefits of Neem for crop production. Because of those findings, Neem oil, Neem cake, leaves and other parts of Neem tree are being used quite extensively in the agriculture sector in different parts of world. Its main uses in the agriculture sector include being an insecticide in food storage, as soil amendment, fertilizer efficiency enhancer, and very effective foliar pesticide.
In all areas of tropics, much of the harvested food is lost during storage because of worms, beetles and other infestations. People do not prefer to use chemicals insecticides on stored grains in general and more specifically for food stored for their own consumption. For centuries, Neem oil has provided farmers with an effective remedy against such insects. A very light coating of Neem oil protects stored food crops for up to 20 months from all types of infestations with no deterioration or loss of palatability. Neem fresh leaves are also used on small scale for storage of food grain at home quite effectively, but this is being done on a small scale.
4] (Indian Gooseberry) Amla
Indian Gooseberry or amla benefits the circulatory system. It purifies blood, detoxifies the body, and strengthens the immune system. Moreover, amla improves the functioning of the liver and pancreas. It has a soothing effect on mind.The fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers, roots as well as bark of this plant have medicinal qualities. It is considered good for skin and hair, too. As it stimulates hair growth, Indian gooseberry (amla) is used in various shampoos and hair oils. It is sour and bitter in taste.
Indian gooseberry or amla is native to India. This therapeutic herb belongs to the Phyllanthaceae family.
Indian Gooseberry or amla has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, astringent, carminative, hemostatic, aphrodisiac, refrigerant, vermifuge, diuretic, and laxative properties. It stimulates appetite, and cures indigestion, hyperacidity and heartburn. Simply chewing a few pieces of Indian gooseberry strengthens the teeth and gums. Rinsing the mouth with juice derived from this fruit cleanses the mouth and provides relief from bad breath.
It is an excellent source of vitamin C. Thus, amla boosts immunity and protects against infections. Plus, it balances stomach acids, improves food absorption, and regulates the functioning of nervous system. Indian gooseberry benefits in maintaining proper liver functioning and increasing hemoglobin. It fights against cell degeneration and cancers.
As the fruit helps in reducing blood sugar levels, it is considered good for controlling diabetes. Moreover, it lowers cholesterol and strengthens heart muscles.
In addition, when combined with certain other herbs, Indian gooseberry or Emblic myrobalan serves as an effective home remedy for cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory disorders. Furthermore, it facilitates in losing weight by boosting protein metabolism.
Besides, it is valuable in healing ailments eye disorders like conjunctivitis and glaucoma. Furthermore, it is useful in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. The root and bark of Indian gooseberry help in the treatment of minor hemorrhages. Some other important benefits of Indian gooseberry (amla) include stimulating hair follicles for faster hair growth and preventing premature greying of hair. Moreover, it enhances fertility, flushes out toxins, and nourishes the skin.
• Regularly having a combination of Indian gooseberry juice and honey in the morning improves mental functioning. It improves eyesight and reduces intraocular tension, too. Moreover, it helps in blood purification.
• Soak some Indian gooseberries in water overnight. In the morning, crush the fruits in the solution, strain the liquid and drink it. Follow this procedure on a regular basis to lose weight and reduce obesity.
• When dealing with diabetes, regularly drink a cup of bitter gourd juice mixed with a tablespoon of amla juice to stimulate the pancreas and lower blood sugar levels. Follow this therapy for two months. Simply consuming raw amla fruit is also beneficial in this regard.
• Indian gooseberry or amla benefits in curing diarrhea and dysentery caused by infection. For this, you need to have a home medicine prepared from equal amounts of dried amla powder and lime. Mix sugar candy (misri) in this mixture and consume it.
• Consume a mixture of one teaspoon of dried amla powder and two teaspoons of jaggery daily, two times in a day for about a month. This one of the most efficient Indian gooseberry home remedies for rheumatism.
• Common digestive disorders during summers can be cured by taking warm water mixed with dried Indian gooseberry powder and black salt.
• When dealing with constipation and piles, soak two Indian gooseberries in water overnight. Next morning, mash them and strain the solution. Finally, add a teaspoon of honey in this home medicine and drink it.
• Having a little Indian gooseberry (amla) powder after meals reduces indigestion.
• Simply drinking 20g fresh Indian gooseberry juice daily helps in eliminating intestinal worms.
• To relieve colic pains, drink a cup of Indian gooseberry juice mixed with a teaspoon of powdered fennel seeds.
• Drinking a cup of water mixed with two teaspoons each of amla juice, lime juice and honey is helpful in getting rid of nervousness and anxiety. Moreover, it increases appetite and improves sexual vitality. Consume this solution regularly in the morning on an empty stomach for a few months.
• Another benefit of amla or Indian gooseberry fruit is that it can be used to relieve urinary problems. For this, you need to soak dried Indian gooseberry and raisins in water overnight.Soak them in separate containers. Next, mash them in the same water and strain the liquid. Drink this solution for a few days.
Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean. It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger.Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines.
Here are the List of Benefits of Ginger in our Health:
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).
6] Aloe Vera
Medical use of Aloe Vera range between simple cases, such as for example cuts, the more complex, such as for example illness. How could an answer for some of our illnesses may be grown in our own backyard. It is not necessary to invest in costly drugs or take to outdated methods is the only way you might live a healthy life.
The aloe plant has existed for thousands of years and was a way to obtain help for the ancestors. Generations have benefited using this wonderful aloe and continue steadily to achieve this even today and age. I even remember once within my childhood when my mother has a leaf from the plant aloe gel plus it applied to a wound that I learned to play football. The wound heals quickly to my surprise, less scarring.Below are a few medical use of aloe vera.
1] Healing and relief of sunburn, as non-piercing. Aloe helps cooling properties such as for example menthol.
2] Boil the leaves with water and inhale steam to greatly help better breathing for asthma attacks.
3] You might be pepsin, which aids digestion, relieves irritation of the digestive system burns up, ulcers and heart.
4] It acts as a tonic, a broad immunity and combat diseases has increased.
5] Increases blood circulation and increases oxygen supply to your cells.
6] It reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, leading to a healthy heart and preventing cardiovascular disease.
7] Aloe vera gel made cuts, burns up and scrapes heal faster.
8] It is a good detoxifier, as well as perhaps the most effective natural colon cleanser around. 9] Prevents constipation and is an effective blood purifier.
10] It helps to lighten the skin of acne, allergies, age spots and blemishes.
11] Inlammation and swelling of arthritic joints, or just known as arthritis, can the juice drinking aloe vera may be mitigated.
The word Brahmi means the Goddess of intelligence. It has been extensively used in Ayurveda for the last thousands of years. Brahmi has been mentioned in the historic medicinal book ” Sushrut samhita “. Chinese people use this in their traditional medicines for youthfulness and longevity of life. In Sanskrit it is called Kapotavanga, Somavalli, Saraswati, Suvarchala, Mahoushadhi,Surashreshta, Vaidhatree, Divyateja, Varaa, Parameshtinee and Soumyaa. It is called Ondelaga(Kannada-the one with single leaf), Timare(Tulu), Vallarai(Tamil), Mandook ,Brahmichattu(Telugu), Muttal(Malayalam), Brahmi(Hindi), Sooryaphalavalli(Marathi), Ekpanni(Konkani).
It is a small plant with a stem and single leaf resembling the ear of mouse. It spreads very fast in low wet areas. In rainy season,it grows well. It is commonly seen in the hilly areas by the side of the road from Haridwar to Badri. Brahmi that we get here is the best one amongst all.
Medicinal values –
* It helps in the growth of nerve cells. It helps to reduce mental tension. It removes depression. It improves the remembering power of the brain.
* It helps in the development of the cells of hair follicles. Hence it is used in the production of hair oils. We see it in the advertisement of Dabur – the famous ayurvedic company of India.It also helps to get rid from dandruf.
* Eating 4 – 5 leaves of Brahmi helps in correcting the voice especially in children with speech deformity.
*Take the juice of the leaves. Rub it to the base of the hair.Keep it for 30 minutes and then take bath. This removes dandruf.
* It improves digestive capacity and removes acidity when taken orally.
* Brahmi contains kerotin, amino acids and vitamins. Hence it acts as a nutritious food.
* It is also used in epilepsy and skin diseases.
8] Sandalwood (Chandan)
The soothing aroma of sandalwood benefits the mind by helping it relax. Moreover, this herb has a cooling effect. It is beneficial in curing a number of issues like prickly heat, pimples, leucoderma, abdominal pain, headache, fever, and genitorurinary infections.Sandalwood or Chandan is considered sacred and holy as per Hindu mythology. Thus, it is used in several religious ceremonies. The herb has a sweet, woodsy smell. Usually, sandalwood heartwood and essential oil are used for medicinal purposes.
Scientific Name: Santalum Album L.
Other Names: White sandalwood, Yellow Sandalwood, East Indian Sandalwood, White Saunders, Santal, Tan Xiang, Sandanam, Srigandapuma, Sukhad, Sandal Safaid
Sandalwood (Chandan) is native to India. It is primarily grown in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Philippines and Australia. This herb belongs to the Santalaceae family.
Sandalwood has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti phlogistic, antiseptic, anti-microbial, antipyretic, hypotensive, carminative, emollient, demulcent, cicatrisant, sedative, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, and diuretic properties. It also inhibits herpes simplex virus.The pleasant aroma of this herb relieves anxiety and stress. It makes you feel calm, boosts memory and improves concentration.Thus, it is used in healing issues like nervousness, restlessness, headache and insomnia. Plus, sandalwood benefits in reducing nervous and circulatory inflammations. Furthermore, the herb improves circulation of blood throughout the body. It supports the cardiovascular system and reduces heart pain. Red sandalwood helps control type-2 diabetes. Sandalwood (Chandan) also aids in digestion and cures heartburn, nausea, indigestion, upset stomach and gas. Plus, it is helpful in the natural treatment of Cystitis, Haematuria, Gonorrhea, and symptoms like pain and burning sensation during urination.
In addition, sandalwood has expectorant qualities effecting in relieving respiratory tract infections. It helps in dealing with chronic bronchitis, laryngitis, cough, cold and flu. Besides, this herb balances sebum production and hence used as a natural home remedy for skin care.Benefits of sandalwood or Chandan can be derived from sandalwood essential oil as well. It can either be applied externally or taken internally. When using this oil on skin, dilute it by mixing carrier oil.
Sandalwood oil blends well with essential oils of lavender, rose, geranuim, cedarwood, bergamot, ylang-ylang, basil, myrrh, etc. This essential oil also helps manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Unfortunately, this aromatic herb is under the threat of extinction.
Medicinal Uses of Sandalwood (Chandan)
• Sandalwood home remedies for beauty care involve the application of a paste prepared from half teaspoon each of sandalwood powder and turmeric, water (enough to form a paste).
It helps reduce acne. Acne scars can be removed by regularly applying a mixture of sandalwood powder, coconut oil and lime juice (taken in equal parts). Leave the paste on skin overnight.
• When dealing with pimples, boils, or psoriasis, boil three cups of water mixed with a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. When the liquid reduces to half, mix some rose water and sugar in it. Drink this solution three times in a day.
• Sandalwood benefits in getting rid of greasy skin when it is mixed with equal amounts of fuller’s earth and rose water. Leave the mask on face for about half an hour and then wash it off.
• Applying a combination of sandalwood powder and rose water serves as an easy natural cure for excessive sweating. This sandalwood remedy lightens skin color as well. Mixture of sandalwood, water, lemon, yogurt and rose water helps reduce blemishes.
• Mix some plain water or rose water in sandalwood powder to for a paste. Take one teaspoon of this mixture and add a teaspoon of camphor (Kapoor) in it. Smear this paste on the affected areas to cure eczema.
• Applying sandal paste mixed with crushed holy basil leaves (Tulsi) relieves headache. Dilute sandalwood oil applied on forehead can cure headaches caused by heat.
• Add a tablespoon of rose water in three tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Apply this mixture on skin to reduce prickly heat problem.
• Application of sandalwood paste mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice relieves skin irritation and allergy. Regularly using a combination of four tablespoons of sandalwood oil, twp tablespoons of almond oil and five tablespoons of coconut oil on skin heals sunburn over a period of time. It also softens the skin.
• A mixture of red sandalwood powder, rose water and glycerin works as an efficient home remedy for reducing wrinkles. Apply this mixture for about 20 minutes daily.
• Uneasiness caused by high blood pressure can be reduced by taking a combination of one teaspoon each of sandalwood powder, coriander leaves and Emblic Myrobalan (Amla), all soaked in a cup of water overnight. Strain and consume the solution for a few days.
• Daily consuming a cup of water mixed with half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder is useful in reducing pain in heart. Follow this treatment three times in a day.
• Psychotropic benefits of sandalwood can be derived through aromatherapy. Inhaling a cloth soaked in a combination of 15 drops sandalwood oil, 10 drops chamomile oil and 5 drops lemon oil induces sleep.Besides, you can add six drops of sandalwood oil, chamomile oil and lavender oil in warm bath water and soak in it.
• Having a cup of milk mixed with half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder helps in the natural treatment of urinary tract infection. Follow this therapy two times in a day.
• When dealing with cystisis, add five drops of sandalwood oil and a pinch of Bishop’s weed (Ajwain) in a cup of milk and consume the mixture.
• In case there is blood in urine, soak a teaspoon of sandal wood powder in a glass of water, leave it overnight and drink in the morning.
• Prepare a solution by adding one part of sandalwood oil in ten parts of water. Spray this liquid on feet and socks to get rid of food odor. You can also use this solution for cleaning wounds.
• Put six drops of sandalwood oil in a bowl of water and soak a piece of cloth in it. Place this cloth on throat for 15 minutes to heal bronchitis, cough, and throat discomfort.
• Add a few drops of sandalwood oil in a bowl of warm water and spray this solution on hair. When dealing with smelly hair, spray this solution on your hair as a natural hair perfume or use it as a final rinse after washing your lustrous locks.
• Boil a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon each of sandalwood and Emblic Myrobalan (Amla) powder. Strain and drink this home medicine as a natural remedy for diabetes.
9] Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus
Latin name: Asparagus racemosus
English name: Wild asparagus
Sanskrit name: Shatavari, Abhiru
Indian name: Satavar, Satimuli
Medicinal parts used: Roots
Shatavari is found in the Indian forests, the roots of which are of high medicinal value. The roots are used in Ayurvedic medicine, following a regimen of processing and drying. It is used as an anodyne, aphrodisiac and galactogogue.
Shatavari is considered to be the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating female tonic for overall health and vitality. The reputed adaptogenic effects of Shatavari may be attributed to its concentrations of saponins, known as Shatavarins. In Sanskrit, Shatavari means “she who possesses a hundred husbands.”
It is an armed, climbing shrub with woody erected stems and recurved or rarely straight spines, young stems very delicate, brittle and smooth. It is common throughout India and the Himalayas. It prefers to take root in gravelly, rocky soils, high up in piedmont plains (1,300 – 1,400 meters elev.).
- Shatavari has been found beneficial in treating convalescence, cancer (is used to strengthen the patient after chemotherapy), cough, diarrhoea, dehydration, dysentery, chronic fever, bronchitis, hyperacidity, herpes, impotence, infertility, AIDS, lung abscess, muscle spasms, menopause, rheumatism, stiffness of joints, and stomach ulcers.
- The herb is also used for increasing lactation in nursing mothers, and helps in blood purification, treating hormonal imbalances in women and nourishes the ovum.
- The ayurvedic herb is also used in treating gastrointestinal disorders and is used in cleaning up and healing wounds.
- Shatavari is also well known due to its rejuvenative properties and is useful in treating infertility and is in other words called “hundred husbands”. It is considered as an important ayurvedic medicine for women.
- Shatavari is a diuretic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and a nutritive tonic.
Cinnamon is a herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better.
It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold & debilitated conditions. It is known to relieve nausea and vomiting, and because of its mild astringency it is particularly used for infantile diarrhea.
Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distension. The tannins have an astringent action, stemming bleeding in nosebleeds, heavy periods and resolving diarrhea and catarrhal congestion. Cinnamon may help to
Soothe an upset stomach:Cinnamon extracts have been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. Cinnamon is a carminative, an agent that helps break up intestinal gas that has traditionally been used to combat diarrhea and morning sickness. Both test-tube and some animal studies have found that cinnamon may help to relieve mild abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas.
Clear up urinary-tract infections: One German study showed that Cinnamon “suppresses completely” the cause of most urinary-tract infections (Escherichia coli bacteria) and the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections (Candida albicans).
Allow diabetics to use less insulin:Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. In adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body can’t use it efficiently to break down blood sugar.
Aid digestion:Cinnamon contains compounds called catechins, which help relieve nausea. The volatile oil in cinnamon bark may also help the body to process food by breaking down fats during digestion.
Kill many disease-causing fungi and viruses:Preliminary results from test tube and animal studies suggest that cinnamon oil and cinnamon extract have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. For example, cinnamon has been found to be active against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections and thrush (oral yeast infection), Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), and even head lice.
Relieve Pain:Cinnamon is considered a pain-killer due to its prostaglandin-inhibiting action.
Relieve Colds and Flu:In both India and Europe, cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for “cold” conditions, often in combination with ginger (Zingiber officinale). The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes and has been used for arthritis. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds and flue.