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Aak / Madar / Calotropis gigantea)

Aak, Madar (Calotropis gigantea) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Arka (Calotropis gigantea) is a perennial shrub growing 2.5 meter high with various branches and sub branches. Leaves are simple, opposite, sub sessile, ovate and cordate at base. It has bunch of waxy flowers that are white or lavender in color. Flowers consists of pointed five petals and a small beautiful crown, which holds the stamen. It has milky stem and contains cardiac glycosides, fatty acid and calcium oxalate. General Information of Aak Aak (Calotropis gigantea) is known as “Arka” in Sanskrit. When we talk about the medicinal properties of […]

Mango / Mangifera indica

Mango (Mangifera indica) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Who does not like eating mangoes or its various dishes, desserts and smoothies? I know one of my family members who is allergic to this amazing fruit and it is hard to understand the plight. I have used this example just too literally to emphasize the amazing goodness of the rich flavor of mango fruit in its various stages. Different parts of this plant which can be used for multiple purposes. Fruits, seeds, pulp, bark, leaves, roots and almost any part of the plant are used for medicinal purpose. “Aam” as […]

Ashwagandha / Winter Cherry / Withania Somnifera

Ashwagandha – Winter Cherry (Withania Somnifera) Description of Plant Ashwagandha is short woody shrub which can grow up to 35-75 cm in height. From the central stem branches are extended radially. Leaves are 10- 12 cm long and dull green in color. Flowers are small and round in shape. Flowers are greenish- yellow, found in flowered clustered in axils and 4-6mm in diameter. Fruits are red berries enclosed in a green enlarged calyx. Roots are stout, long tuberous, fleshy, whitish brown and aromatic. General Information Ashwagandha is one of most potent herb in Ayurvedic healing system. It is composed of […]

Agastya / Sesbane / Sesbania grandiflora

Agastya (Sesbania grandiflora) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Introduction FAQs Description of Agastya Tree Agastya is fast growing and soft wooded tree grows up to 3-8mt in height. Leaves are regular, deciduous, and abruptly pinnate and rounded about 15-30cm long and has 10-20 leaflets. According to different species this plant bears red and white flowers. Agastya tree flowers are long, has 2-4 flower racemes, shallowly 2 lipped and are boat shaped. Plant bears flowers in month of September and October. Fruit pods re slender, falcate about 30cm long contains 15-30 seeds inside. General information Agastya plant is also known […]

Bael / Bilva / Aegle marmelos

Aegle marmelos (Bilva, Bael) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Description of Plant It is a spinous deciduous and aromatic tree with long, strong and axillary spines. This tree grows up to 18mt in height and thickness of tree is about 3-4ft. Leaves are 3-5 foliate, leaflets are ovate and have typical aroma. Flowers are greenish white in color and sweet scented. Fruits are large, woody, greyish yellow, 8-15 celled and have sweet gummy orange colored pulp. Seeds are compressed, oblong and numerous found in aromatic pulp. General Information Bael is also known as Bilva in Sanskrit language. In Ayurveda, […]

Vasaka / Malabar nut / Adhatoda Vasica

Vasaka, Malabar nut (Adhatoda Vasica) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Plant Description Vasaka is tall, dense, evergreen herbaceous shrub. Trunk of this shrub has numerous, long, opposite and ascending branches. This plant contains yellow colored bark. Leaves are lance shaped, oppositely arranged and smooth edged with short petioles. Leaves are bitter tasting and when dried color changes to dull brownish green. The leaves are rich in alkaloid compound vasicine. Inflorescence show dense, large and auxiliary spikes and flowers are usually white and purple in color. Fruits are pubescent with club shaped capsules. General Information Vasa, also known as Vasaka, […]

Pushkarmool / Inula Racemosa

Pushkarmool (Inula Racemosa) Description of Plant Inula racemosa is a perennial herb with a height extending from 0.5 to 1.5 meter. The stem is grooved, rough and very hairy. The leaves of this plants are large, elliptical, and 3-6 cm long with 2-3 cm breadth, having long petioles. The fruits being slender achenes, 0.4 cm long, bewhiskered with 0.75 cm long pappus hairs. The flowers are bright yellow in color with many in heads, 0.5-1 cm in diameter. The fresh root has dull brownish skin with yellowish color inside. It changes to grayish on drying. It has sweet and camphoraceous […]

Bibhitaki / Terminalia bellirica

Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) – The Fearless Warrior (Ref: Bhavaprakasa Nighantu) About Bibhitaki Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) as the name suggests, makes the persons fearless of all diseases and it keeps us away from diseases. Vibheetaki is the common synonym used for bibhitaki meaning lack of fear. Bibhitaki is one among the constituents of ‘triphala’. It is a laxative and in Ayurveda, it is used for purgation therapy. Terminalia bellirica is a large deciduous tree and is spread over the lower hills and plains of Southeast Asia. It reaches a height up to 30 m. The long, oval, alternate leaves are more […]

Goat’s Rue / Galega officinalis

Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis) – Uses, Health Benefits and Therapeutic Effects About Goat’s Rue Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) is an herbaceous plant native to the Middle East. But now has been naturalized to Western Asia and Europe. In ancient folks, goat’s rue has been narrated as a plant with high medicinal value and widely used a diuretic. It is widely cultivated as a green manure, a bee plant, a forage crop and an ornamental. It is widely cultivated as a cattle feed. Scientific Classification: Kingdom – Plantae (Unranked) – Angiosperms (Unranked) – Eudicots (Unranked) – Rosids Order – Fabales Family […]

Ajwain / Carom Seeds / Trachyspermum Ammi

Ajwain, Carom Seeds (Trachyspermum Ammi) Description of Plant In the field of medicine, use of plants as medicines is as old as human development. These plants have various bioactive substances that help to eradicate the state of ailments. Yavani is one of these plants with medicinal properties. This herb belongs to the family Apiaceae. Yavani is also known as Trachyspermum ammi, its scientific name. Yavani grows in dry or semi-dry regions where soil is full of salt contents. Yavani is a kind of herbaceous perennial plant that grow annually. This plant is copiously branched with a stem that is very […]

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