The healing herbs

Herbs have been used all over the world for ages. The use of herbal medicines and products may be more in some specific cultures or parts of the world than other but they are used almost everywhere. The Chinese system, the Ayurvedic medicines, Roman and Greek herbs. These systems are very well developed and have been around since thousands of years. Ayurveda and the Siddha system of medicine have been incorporating such plants in treating illnesses since ages.

In some developing societies these herbal medicines are preferred over the modern medicines simply because they can’t afford to buy the expensive modern medicines. Even in the most developed nations people are using herbal medicine actively as alternative health care products.

We find various herbs commonly growing around us but never take much notice of them. But you will be surprised to know and learn about their therapeutic and medicinal potentials in treating common health ailments.  Its time to recognize this backyard wealth of health easily found grown in our backyards and kitchen gardens and make use of it in staying healthy.

    1) Neem 

    Neem is used as a multi purpose remedy for common ailments. Neem is believed to improve the immune system, digestive system, and respiratory functions including sprains, flu, skin diseases, heart diseases, fever, indigestion, viral infection, etc.. It can also be used to flush toxins from the body. Additionally, many people buy Neem capsules to assist with improved bowel functions. 

    Neem oil is used to treat a number of ailments ranging from lice to eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry skin, and irritation. Some serious health concerns like cancer, kidney diseases, sexually transmitted diseases are also claimed to be treated by neem extract.


    Peppermint is carminative, relieves muscular spasms, increases sweating, stimulates secretion of bile and is an antiseptic. It’s therapeutic value lies in its ability to relieve wind, flatulence, bloating and colic. Studies indicate that it relieves colon spasms and helps to cure ulcers. Peppermint also eases headaches. Menthol, its main constituent, is known to have antibacterial properties.

    3)Basil (Tulsi) 

    Acts as blood purifier and anti bacterial. It is effective against cough & cold. Basil enhances digestion, improves appetite & increases blood circulation. Regular consumption of the basil boosts up the immune system. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Here're top fifteen medicinal uses of tulsi.

    The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.

    4)The Indian Gooseberry

    Amla or indian gooseberry is aphrodisiac, hemostatic, carminative, stomachic, diuretic and laxative. Being nutritive, it increases red blood cells count. It is one of the highest natural resources of Vitamin C (3,000 mg / fruit).

    5) Ashoka

    It relieves diabetes, treats dyspepsia, diseases of the blood, tumors, abdominal enlargement, colic, piles, ulcers and bone fractures as well as diarrhea & bleeding piles. The leaves of the plant has a special blood purifying property. It also serves as an excellent uterine tonic and is very useful to treat syphilis and biliousness.

    6)Green Coriander

    Coriander leaves stimulate appetite and improves digestion. These are rich in magnesium, potassium & fibers. Regular consumption boosts immunity and purifies blood. Studies how their role in curing diabetes.


    It helps to control Blood Pressure, purifies blood, reduces swelling of the spleen & strengthens the immune system. It is rich in vitamins C, B, B2, and calcium & iron. The plant protects our body against germs and bacteria.

    8)Betel leaf

    Betel exhibits carminative, stimulant, astringent and aromatic properties. The leaf improves taste & appetite. Betel leaf juice is a tonic to brain, heart, liver and other internal organs. It is beneficial in improving bowel action in cases of constipation. Betel leaves juice also cures eye problems and night blindness effectively.

    9)Peepal tree 

    It is useful in inflammations & glandular swelling of the neck. Its root bark is useful for stomatitis and in ulcers. Roots of peepal tree are good for gout. The roots when chewed are considered beneficial for treating gum diseases. Its fruit promotes digestion, checks vomiting, treats asthma & is useful in urinary troubles & heart diseases. The leaves of peepal are also used to treat constipation.


    It has a reputation for soothing the stomach and relieving flatulence. Its leaves are known for their ability to relieve aches & pains associated with rheumatism, & for sprains, bruises, and skin rashes.

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