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Herbal Remedies!

The Herbal Remedies

Natural and pure, these herbal, natural and ayurvedic remedies are something we need to include into our daily routine. They come with a multitude of health benefits, each remedy plays a vital role in enabling a particular part of the human body to perform better.

We’ve listed out some herbal, natural and ayurvedic remedies and their benefits just for you!

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, is a species of asparagus common throughout Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas. This special plant has been used in Ayurveda, as an aid for the reproductive system, for centuries. This Ayurvedic miracle has proven to be an amazing natural herb for to-be Moms.

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Benefits of Shatavari:

  1. Nourishes the female reproductive system
  2. Enables in healthy levels of breast milk
  3. Supports already balanced female hormones
  4. Supports male reproductive system
  5. Helps with digestion
  6. Promotes healthy energy levels
  7. Strengthens the immune system
  8. Contains antioxidant properties

Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata)

Kalmegh is a very important medicinal plant that has been used for many years. It is used in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy to treat a broad variety of diseases.

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Benefits of Kalmegh:

  1. Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  2. Antiviral and anti-inflammatory
  3. Improves immunity
  4. Protects the liver
  5. Purifies the blood
  6. Helps with digestion
  7. Stabilizes glucose level in the blood
  8. Acts as a liver tonic

Alpinia Galanga (Languas galanga)

A plant in the ginger family, the alpinia galanga is known to have many medicinal properties. Used in many dishes, it is ideal to enhance your healthy life style. Perfect for spicing your food, it adds a whole lot flavour while taking your health up a notch as well.

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Benefits of Alpinia Galanga:

  1. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  2. Beneficial treatment for arthritis
  3. Helps with discomfort caused by ulcers
  4.  Reduces sea sickness
  5. Improves blood circulation
  6. Enhances the function of the digestive system
  7. Rich source of iron & sodium
  8. A great source for vitamins A & C

Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna)

The arjuna, nick named the “guardian of the heart”, was introduced into Ayurveda as a treatment for heart disease by Vagbhata (c. 7th century CE). It is traditionally prepared as a milk decoction. In the Ashtānga Hridayam, but was also mentioned in many ancient Indian vedas, and was a known practice for thousands of years, passed down by tradition, before Vagbhata mentioned it in his writings.

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Benefits of Arjuna:

  1. Improves heart function
  2. Used in the treatment of wounds, in powder form
  3. Helps to reduce discomfort of haemorrhages and ulcers
  4. Has cancer fighting properties
  5. Contains flavonoids that are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  6. Regulates blood pressure

Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)

Known as lone of the most powerful ayurvedic herbs, this exotic Indian herb has remarkable medicinal properties. In Sanskrit “Ashwagandha”means “the smell of a horse, ” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion. This herb has been used for over 3000 years, it is no wonder that it still remains a popular Ayurvedic herb.

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Benefits of Ashwagandha:

  1. Strengthens the immune system
  2. Promotes graceful aging
  3. Helps combat the effects of stress
  4. Improves memory learning and reaction time
  5. Reduces anxiety and depression
  6. Stabilizes blood sugar
  7. Lowers cholesterol
  8. Enhances sexual potency for both men and women

Bael (Aegle Marmelos)

The Bael tree is considered to be sacred by the Hindus, while the fruits of the tree were held highly for their medicinal values. Popularly known as the wood apple, the fruit of the bael has been a popular source for a healthier lifestyle. Have you heard of sherbet? It’s a drink that’s made from the fruit.

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Benefits of Bael:

  1. Can cure diarrhea, cholera
  2. Reduces gastric ulcer
  3. Antimicrobial properties
  4. Can cure scurvy
  5. Controls cholesterol
  6. Helps with respiratory issues
  7. Anti-inflammatory by nature
  8. Can be used to treat heart diseases

Bahera (Terminalia bellericais)

Bahera is a natural remedy for just about any issue. Presenting itself with a variety of health benefits, it’s hard not to accept the popularity of this tree. Found throughout the Indian sun-continent, it is consumed to improve health.

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Bemefits of Bahera:

  1. Lowers blood pressure
  2. Relieves anxiety
  3. Helps with insomnia
  4. Heals wounds and injuries
  5. Enhances the digestive system
  6. Reduces stress levels
  7. Brings about relief in a number of respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis and asthma.
  8. Anti bacterial

Brahmi (Centella asiatica and Bacopa monnieri)

‘Brahmi’ has been used to describe two distinct Ayurvedic herbs – Centella asiatica and Bacopa monnieri – and brahmi is a fitting name for both of them.Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that refers to the feminine essence of universal consciousness as well as the creative potential that emerges from pure awareness. Named after Brahman, the God of consciousness, it is one of the most powerful brain tonics in the Ayurvedic apothecary.

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Benefits of Brahmi:

  1. Strengthens memory and opens up the mind
  2. Strengthens the intellect of an individual
  3. Helps with daytime energy as well as night time sleep
  4. Supports healthy blood cells
  5. Nourishes skin and hair
  6. Promotes comfort within the body
  7. Reduces stress
  8. Protects against toxic compounds

Harar (Terminalia chebula) 

Harar goes by many names, haritaki and harad being the more common names used in India. Each part of the harar plant has a different taste, the seed kernel is sweet, the fiber part is sour, fruit rind is bitter, skin is pungent and seed is astringent in nature. Harar contains many chemical compounds that are naturally found in plants.

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Benefits of Harar:

  1. Reduces swelling
  2. Promotes bowel movements
  3. Reduces headaches
  4. Gargling with haritaki decoction helps in stomatitis, oral ulcers and sore throat.
  5. Improves memory and intellect
  6. Improves digestion
  7. Contains rejuvenation properties
  8. Improves life expectancy

Hyptis (Hyptis Suaveolens)

Almost all parts of the Hyptis weed are used in traditional medicine. Commonly known as the Wilayati tulsi, this weed contains various health benefits. There are many types of Hyptis plants, this particular one is known as Hyptis suaveolens meaning ‘sweet smelling’ in Latin.

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Benefits of Hyptis Suaveolens:

  1. Helps with digestion
  2. Antibacterial
  3. Purifies blood
  4. Positive effects on skin
  5. Said to enhance neurological functions
  6. Beats stress
  7. Helps with respiratory conditions
  8. Protects the heart

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

A familiar and common plant that has one so many benefits. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.Popular in the Indian sub continent, it has now found it’s way across the globe. From being used in everyday cuisine to covering wounds and using them for to treat various discomforts.

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Benefits of Turmeric:

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Increases antioxidant capacity of the body
  3. Improves brain function and lowers risk of brain diseases
  4. Lowers risk of heart diseases
  5. Aids in the prevention of cancer
  6. Prevents development of Alzheimer also helps in treatment
  7. Shows positive results in Arthritis patients
  8. Fights age-related chronic diseases

Swertia Chirata (Gentiana chirayita)

Bitter sweet they say. Swertia Chirata is a bitter tasting herb that has been used in ayurveda for over 1000 years. Used as a laxative as well as an appetizer, this herb has shown to be beneficial in various ways.

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Benefits of Swertia Chirata:

  1. Helps with people suffering from anorexia
  2. Strengthens the stomach
  3. Anti Inflammatory benefits
  4. Contains blood purifying properties
  5. Beneficial for the liver
  6. Helps patients suffering from anemia
  7. An expectorant and anti asthmatic herb
  8. Helps control or reduce fever

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

The perfect sugar substitute for your sweet tooth. Commonly known as the candyleaf, this plant is perfect for those who love to enjoy something sweet without worrying about calories. Ideal for sweetening your taste buds while boosting your health!

 

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Benefits of Stevia:

  1. Lowers blood pressure
  2. Helps fight diabetes
  3. Aids in weight control
  4. Increases metabolism
  5. Reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer
  6. Does not contain calories
  7. Helps suppress cravings
  8. Good for your teeth

In short, it is time to start looking out for your health. With a rise in pollution and other diseases, including these herbs in your daily life will surely prove to do good. It’s never to late to take the healthy turn!

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 turmeric-thumbnail-images  brahmi-thumbnail-images
 bael-thumbnail-images  hyptis-thumbnail-images
 stevia-thumbnail-images  shatavaril-thumbnail-images
 ashwagandha-thumbnail-images  kalmegh-thumbnail-images
 bahera-thumbnail-images  arjuna-thumbnail-images
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http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/stevia/

http://authoritynutrition.com/stevia/

http://www.alwaysayurveda.com/swertia-chirata/

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/shatavari/

http://www.bimbima.com/health/post/2013/09/16/medicinal-use-of-kalmegh-andrographis-paniculata.aspx

http://www.wildturmeric.net/2015/02/top-5-benefits-uses-side-effects-of-kalmegh-nilavembu.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Benefits-of-Galangal/articleshow/8065447.cms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia_arjuna

http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha

http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/6/report_ashwa/Page-01

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/7-amazing-benefits-of-ashwagandha-root-for-women/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegle_marmelos

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-bael/

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/brahmi

http://lifespa.com/ayurvedic-supplement-facts/brahmi/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia_chebula

http://www.bimbima.com/health/post/2014/09/15/harar-murabba-a-great-health-tonic.aspx

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric

3 Comments

  1. Great blog and thanks pavithragiskaa for sharing all these remedies with us. I really like your format of the blog. You mentioned very well with the introduction of remedies then photo and their uses really impressive blogs. Keep sharing this kind of post.

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