Medicinal Plants in India and Their Uses

In this day and age when people are depending exceedingly on pills and advanced medicines to get rid of their ailments, Ayurveda – the traditional form of Indian medicine – seems to have been filling a subsidiary role. Besides, we keep forgetting how it has served people in our country for eons. This alone makes them deserving of public faith if not for several misconceptions regarding their availability.

What we don’t realize is that there are several high-quality medicinal herbs and plants in our proximity that can be used for a wide variety of ailments.

Bael

Bael is one of the several medicinal plants available in India that you can use in order to benefit your health. It is a tree that many people are familiar with and its leaves are highly helpful in curing ailments such as diarrhoea, constipation, and dysentery.

Tulsi

Tulsi is one plant, which you will see in the courtyard of every family that you visit in rural India. Also known as “basil”, the leaves of tulsi can be useful in case of issues such as cough, bronchitis, cold, and loss of appetite. In fact, around the world basil happens to be the most used herbal expectorant.

Pudina

Pudina is also referred to as “peppermint”. Most of its popularity is due to its cool taste. However, it also has medicinal values such as healing bruises as well as curing indigestion.

Henna

Henna is also called “mehndi“. It is a significant cure for burns and this is one reason why Indian women have been applying mehndi in their hands for such a long time.

Neem

Neem is mentioned in Ayurveda as one of the most precious herbs found in India. It is said that even the wind passing through a neem tree is beneficial for your health. Extracts from neem leaves can be used as a sedative. Its leaves can also cure some serious ailments such as analgesic, hypertension, and epilepsy. Neem leaves are also used in toothpaste these days and its branches were used as toothbrushes for ages in India before the modern day toothpaste was invented. Neem is also used in Indian cooking for its healing capabilities.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is also popular as an expectorant. It is known commonly in India as “dalchini“. It can help you cure your pulmonary issues such as asthma and bronchitis. It is effective in dealing with common fever as well as cardiac disorder.

Lavender

The flower of lavender is known for its smell. However, this flower can also function as an antiseptic if applied to bruises and cuts. It can also reduce pain in certain cases.

Marigold

Marigold is known commonly in India as “gaenda“. Extracts from the leaves can help in problems like sunburns, blemishes, and acnes. It is a herb with medicinal qualities and can cure digestive issues as well as soothe ulcers.

Some other useful medicinal plants

Amla:  From the fourth year, the fruit of amla is useful in dealing with diseases and ailments arising out of Vitamin C deficiency. It can also help in cases of cold and diabetes. It can function as a laxative as well and help people suffering from hyperacidity.

Ashok: From the tenth year, Ashok’s bark flower can come in handy in case of ailments such as menstrual pain, diabetes, and various uterine disorders.

Ashwagandha: After one year, the leaves and roots of ashwagandha tree can be used as a restorative tonic in case of health issues like stress and nervous problems. It can also function as an aphrodisiac.

Bhumi Amla: The entire plant of bhumiamla has medicinal properties that start manifesting after a year. It can deal capably with ailments such as anemia, dropsy, and jaundice.