4 herbs for human-health benefits you must use.
Some herbs used in Indian kitchen on a daily basis has a long list of health benefits that they have got. These herbs are used not only for improving taste but also for improving our health conditions. All the botanists would agree to the point that India is a tropical country, there is an ample growth of herbs and plants. Using herbs and other medicinal plants has always been a specialty of Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine. Doctors use herbs to treat the patients with a simple cough to complex post-operation care. When we are at home, and fall sick by any chance, our grandmother makes us decoction with herbs like holy basil (Tulsi), Indian Tinospora (giloy or guduchi), with ginger, turmeric, etc. These herbs are of great medicinal values and boost us with immunity and health.
1. Holy Basil
Also known as Tulsi in Hindi and Ocimum tenuiflorum in scientific terms, holy basil is a perennial herb widely grown and used in India. It is a plant with almost all remedies and is worshipped in Hinduism. Tulsi has great importance in Ayurveda. Being rich in vitamin C and compounds like zinc, tulsi is a natural immunity booster. Doctors advice to have Tulsi leaves in morning empty stomach every day to improve immunity. It also acts as antipyretic and analgesics and therefore we consume it as a decoction. It reduces stress, stabilizes blood pressure, regulates normal functioning of heart, maintains blood sugar level, etc. It is also good for our skin and for healthy hair. There are a total of eighteen species of tulsi, out of which, in India, we find three main species of it.
1. Ocimum sanctum is also known as Rama Tulsi.
2. Ocimum tenuiflorum is also known as Krishna Tulsi or Amrita Tulsi.
3. Ocimum gratissum is also known as Vana Tulsi.
2. Heart-leaved moonseed
Also known as Giloy in Hindi and Tinospora cordifolia in scientific terms, Heart-leaved moonseed is a perennial plant grown widely in tropical India. Giloy is a great immunity booster. It has a high amount of antioxidant and has a great medicinal value. Giloy helps in treating chronic fever, of great medicinal value in treating diabetes, helps in improving digestion, helps in treating respiratory problems like asthma, and other respiratory diseases. It is also great for our skin as it reduces the signs of ageing. It also has anti-cancer properties, it is also anti-inflammatory, it helps to cure ulcer, urinary infections, and other metabolic disorders. It is also known as “Root of immortality”.
Also known as Amla in Hindi and Phyllanthus emblica in scientific terms, it is a herb which has great importance in Ayurveda. Amla is consumed in India as a fruit, like a pickle, like gravy, and also turned into a sweet. It is commonly consumed during winters to keep immunity strong. It is also taken to keep a check on the digestive system because it is highly fibrous. It is also good for our skin, as it makes them glowing and it is also great for healthy hairs. It is a rich source of vitamin C along with fibres. It cures cellular damage. It is a great consumable for treating ulcer and hyperacidity. It is one of the best anti-ageing fruits and also acts as a blood purifier.
4. Winter cherry
Also known as Ashwagandha in Hindi, Winter cherry is also known as Withania somnifera in scientific terms and belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family of plants. Ashwagandha is a stress reliever, it also lowers blood sugar and cortisol level in the body. This herb is native to India and North Africa. It is also beneficial in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. It has also shown some effect in increasing muscle mass and overall body strength. It has also shown some effect in reducing blood cholesterol level and triglycerides level in the body.
These herbs have the potential to boost your immunity and help you grow healthy and strong. So make sure to include these herbs in your daily diet. Stay healthy and grow strong!