Ayurvedic Herbs- Aswagandha

Ayurvedic Herbs- Aswagandha

Ashwagandha is an erect branching under shrub reaching about 150 cm in height. Its fleshy roots when dry are cylindrical, gradually tapering down with a brownish white surface and pure white inside when broken.

Names of the herb :
SANSKRIT – ASWAGANDHA
ENGLISH – WINTER CHERRY
HINDI – ASGANDH
MALAYALAM – AMUKKURAM

In Ayurveda Aswagandha is considered as Rasayan herb (Health Promoter). Many of the elements of Aswagandha are antioxidants. The main constituents of Aswagandha are alkaloids & steroidal lactones. Among the various alkaloid withanine is the main constituent. The leaves contain steroidal lactones which are commonly called withanolides.

Used part of Aswagandha are – Root & leaves. Tuberous roots are astringent, bitter, stimulant, diuretic, leaves are bitter.
It is chiefly meant to cure vitiated condition of Vata but it is also effective in Tridoshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Its healing benefits are-
1. It boosts immune system.
2. Improves memory and to promote overall wellness.
3. Lowers Cholesterol.
4. Reduces brain cell degeneration.
5. Contains antipyretic & Anti inflammatory properties.
6. Very good rejuvenator & revitalizer.

Main Preparation of Aswagandha are-
1. Aswagandha Choornam
2. Aswagandha Capsule
3. Aswagandharishtam
4. Aswagandhadi leham

Except for these it is an ingredient in most of the medicines of Ayurveda.

Tulsi

Tulsi

This is a genus of aromatic herbs or under shrub distributed throughout India as well as cultivated. The Plant has been classified as a pious and sacred plant. A number of religions all over the world included the use of this plant i.e. various rituals and worships as evident by its common name.
Tulsi-in English as holy basil, sacred basil

Latin name-Ocimum sanctum
In India its Language wise other common names are-
Sanskrit-Surasah, Mal-Tulasi, Krsiatulasi
Tam-Tulaci, Karuttalaci

Since older days the plant has been regarded as multidimensional effect. On one side it prevents/cures disease while on other hard it also purifies mental status, helps in meditation, yoga, worship etc.
Commonly it is classified into two types-
i) White (Light green Tulsi)
ii) Black (Purplish Black)
Property wise both are similar but due to its rich contents the black Tulsi carries more medicinal value.
Part used-Whole plant
It leaves contain a volatile oil which is yellowish green in color and has high antibacterial properties with specific fregrance.This fragrance helps in cleansing the polluted air and makes to refreshing.
Preparation of Tea-Effective in winter to avoid cough and cold.
Medicinal Properties-To keep away material attack or infection during the months of September and October Tulsi leaves should be chewed daily in the morning hours after mouth wash.
3/4 part of water left then mix milk+sugar or jaggery+cardeman-have it.
Bad breath-Tulsi leaves if chewed after meals, keeps away from bad breath.
Fever due to cold-1 teaspon of leave juice+1/2 teaspon honey gives three times a day. Tulsi juice also can apply on chest and forehead. Inhole the vapours emanated from the juice.Immuinty.
Cold and cough-
A) 1 part of Tulsi leaves+1 part of pepper grind together and rolled into small pills. Take 3-4 times daily cure cough.
B) Roast 4-5 cloves+Tulsi leaves-Chew slowly it relieves from cold and cough.
Asthma-Decoction of Tulsi leaf+ rock salt 2-3 gms. is effective
Vomiting-Tulsi swaras (extract) in pudina and sauf stops vomiting.
Teething of boby-Massage the gums with Tulsi leaf juice mixed with honey.
Falling and Graying of hair-Powder of Tulsi leaves+Amla-give massage to your hair and wash them with water.
Arthritis-decoction of whole plant 10-15 ml twice daily gives good relief.
Digestive- Tulsi leaves juice+ginger juice has digestive property.
Tulsi is main ingredients of
Vilwadi leham
Tulsyadi thailam
Tulsi cough syrup.
Tulsyadi thailam apply on chest in case of cough cold and Asthama.

Neem (Azadirachta Indica)

Neem (Azadirachta Indica)

Neem is also known as Divine tree, heal all miracle tree. The Sanskrit name of Neem is Arishtha means reliever of the sickness. Normally it thrives in areas with sub-arid to sub humid condition. It can grow in many different types of soil but it thrives best on well drained deep and sandy soils.
Distribution throughout India
Language wise name
Sanskrit- Nimbah Arishtha
English-Neem tree, Margosa tree
Mal- Veppu,
Tam-Vempu.
Tel-Kondavepa
Part used-Bark, Leaves, Flowers, Seed, oil each part of Neem has medicinal properties being antibacterial, antifungal, ant diabetic antiviral, ant fertility, ant allergic, analgesic. Many countries have been consistently growing the Neem tree against the global warming. It is a source of environment friendly biopesticide.
Traditionally, teeth cleansing is conducted by chewing of neem twigs. Due to its astringent property it is effective in bleeding gums, decay tooth and foul smell of the mouth.
Neem oil is very effective as mosquito repellent. It is used in cosmetic preparations also (Soap, Balms, Creams, Shampoo, Toothpaste).
Neem Bark contains tannins which are used in tanning and dyeing.
Decoction of Neem leaves removes toxins from the body purifies blood and effective in skin diseases for example-Dermatitis, Eczema, Ache, Allergic, Rashes, Proriam and maintains the Skin elasticity.
Neem leaves paste is applied on the skin to treat Wounds, Ulcers, Aches. Proriasn, Urticuie, Eczema. Neem Bark has bitter, cool, astringent effects. It is helpful in healing wounds.
Neem Bark acts as an analgesic. Its decoctions are effective in high fever as of malaria. It is a good nourisher of hair.
Neem is a major component of Ayurvedic medicines. There are lots of preparations with Neem.

  1. Nimnbadi kashaym
  2. Tikkam kashym
  3. Guggulutiktam kashyam
  4. Nimbamrathsavam
  5. Nimbachi Choornam
  6. Nimelia