Scientific Name: Withania somnifera
The drugis rejuvenatingagent, mainlyusedin AyurvedicandUnanipreparations. The plant has anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, fungicidal, anthelmintic, anti-convulsant,anti-stress, immunomodulatory and anti-pyreticproperties.
Scientific Name: Rauvolfia
Rauvolfia (sometimes spelled Rauwolfia) is a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs, commonly known as devil peppers, in the family Apocynaceae.
The genus is named to honor Leonhard Rauwolf.
The genus can mainly be found in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and various oceanic islands.
Rauvolfia serpentina contains dozens of alkaloids of the indole alkaloid family, including ajmaline, ajmalicine, reserpine, and serpentine, among others.
Scientific Name: Curcuma Caesia
Commonly known as ‘Black Turmeric’ is a perennial herb with bluish-black rhizome of the family Zingiberaceae. This species has been gradually increasing in popularity in the interested community for its unmatched medicinal properties. In ethnomedicinal practices, the traditional healers use the genus Curcuma for the treatment of various types of diseases but Curcuma caesiaRoxb. Is a very less known and almost untouched drug. Rhizomes of the plant have been explored for antifungal activity, smooth muscle relaxant and anti‑asthmatic activity, antioxidant activity, analgesic activity, locomotor depressant, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects, anxiolytic and CNS depressant activity, anti‑bacterial activity, anti‑ulcer activity and many other miscellaneous activities. It is also used in the prevention of leukoderma, epilepsy, cancer, and HIV AIDS. (As per research report)
Scientific Name: Chlorophytum borivilianum
Safed musli or White musli is a wildly grown white-colored herb. It is often referred to as “White gold” or “Divya aushad”.
Safed musli is used popularly to improve sexual performance and general overall health in both men and women. Safed musli helps manage erectile dysfunction as well as stress-induced sexual problems. It also helps improve the quality as well as quantity of sperm due to its spermatogenic, anti-stress and antioxidant properties.
You can consume Safed musli powder (or churna) with lukewarm milk once or twice a day
Scientific Name: Anacyclus Pyrethrum
Akarkara or Akallaka is a perennial herb that grows in the Himalayan region. The roots of this plant are slightly aromatic and have a pungent taste.
Akarkara is generally used to manage pain and inflammation related to arthritis due to its antioxidant property. It is also beneficial for indigestion as it stimulates the secretion of saliva as well as digestive enzymes needed for digestion. Akarkara improves sexual desire as well as sexual performance of men by maintaining the testosterone levels due to its aphrodisiac property. It might also be helpful in detoxification of the body as it increases urination due to its diuretic activity. It also helps improve brain function due to its memory-enhancing and antidepressant activity.
Akarkara is beneficial for skin problems and insect bites due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Applying a paste of Akarkara powder along with honey on the gums helps in relieving toothache due to its antioxidant and analgesic property
Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
Also known as ‘great basil’ and ‘Saint Joseph’s wort’, basil is one of the most popular and widely consumed culinary herbs. It is native to tropical regions extending from Southeast Asia to central Africa.
Basil is an annual herb that has an anise-like flavor and a very intense clove-like aroma. The leaves of this herb have a warm, spicy flavor that makes it ideal for pesto, salads, sauces, soups and various meat-based dishes. Fresh basil, in particular, is highly aromatic and is often used as a garnish on most foods to greatly enhance their smell and aroma.
This herb is often associated with several beliefs and rituals that have significantly added to its popularity. For example, the French call it the ‘royal herb’ whereas ancient Greeks and Egyptians placed the herb in the mouth of the deceased because they strongly believed that it will open the gates of heaven for the dead.
Scientific Name: Matricaria chamomilla
This herb comes from daisy-like flowers and is the most popular herb choice for herbal teas, especially in Europe and the United States. Chamomile tea isn’t only one of the world’s most widely consumed herbal teas but the herb has also been used since ancient times as a treatment for upset stomach, inflammation, and high fever.
The term ‘chamomile’ has been derived from the Greek word ‘chamomaela’ that translates to ‘ground apple’ in English. This is used as a reference to its fresh, apple-like scent.
Chamomile has long been associated with a multitude of medicinal benefits including improved sleep quality, better digestive system, protection against certain types of cancer, improved heart health, and controlled blood sugar levels.
Scientific Name: Lavandula
This beautiful and striking purple plant is especially used as a condiment and has sprung from the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, China, Eastern Africa, Southwest Asia and Europe. Lavender is a bushy perennial with needle-like foliage and balsam-like scent.
The word ‘lavender’ has come from the Old French word, ‘lavandre’ which refers to the use of plants as infusions. This plant has a very high commercial value for its essential oils and extracts that consist of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The oils are also popularly used cosmetics, balms, perfumes, and salves.
It is also one of the most versatile and effective herbal remedies that help treat sleep disturbances, insomnia, and anxiety. In culinary history, the lavender jam was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth and since then, this herb has been used as a great flavorful and aromatic addition to various food dishes and recipes. Many people also use these purple lavender flowers as decorations for desserts and drinks.