14 powerful Ayurvedic herbs that do more than transform your hair and skin
Whether you simply want to balance your energy levels and reduce stress from your daily life or you want to treat serious ailments like bronchitis or bleeding piles, Ayurveda has a solution that can combat all modern day diseases. These Ayurvedic herbs are used for their medicinal as well as therapeutic effects, and while some herbs like the Neerbrahmi leaves can be consumed as is, others have their stems, seeds and flowers that come in handy.
Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre, encourages incorporating these 14 medicinal herbs and plants into your diet to counter diseases and boost overall health.
14 helpful Ayurvedic herbs to treat illnesses:
AKA: Ocimum Americanum
"Herbal tea made out of lemon tulsi is good for overall health. It especially reduces stress and balances energy levels."
AKA: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
"In Ayurveda, Parijat oil is used for treatment of many ailments. For medicinal purposes, the leaves, stem, flowers and seeds are used. The leaves are given for treating chronic fever, rheumatism, arthritis, joint pain and obstinate sciatica."
AKA: Aloe vera
"Sometimes described as a wonder plant, aloe vera is excellent for keeping the skin hydrated and helps relieve acute contusions. It also has a remarkable anti-inflammatory effect." You can use the leaf directly by splitting it open along the side or even drink the juice.
AKA: Bryophyllum pinnatum
"It's effective for treating kidney stones, leucorrhoea and boils. It's beneficial for heart health and liver health as well." It can be consumed as a decoction mixed with honey, while the extracts from its leaves are topically applied.
AKA: Adhathoda vasica
"The leaves, roots and flowers of Adulasa have been used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung and bronchiole disorders. It's effective in treating bleeding disorders, bleeding conditions and is a great blood purifier as well."
AKA: Bacopa monnieri
"This Ayurvedic medicine is an edible plant and is used as an aphrodisiac, a memory booster and as a tonic for many ailments." It's available in every form and the leaves can even be boiled in water for topical application.
AKA: Eupatorium ayapana
"It helps to control bleeding and asthma. The paste of the leaf or the whole plant of Eupatorium triplinerve is applied over fresh wounds to control bleeding. Cold infusion can control asthma and treat cough associated with phlegm."
AKA: Hibiscus rosa sinensis
"Herbal tea made out of hibiscus is a very good natural diuretic and helps manage hypertension as well. It's an excellent natural hair conditioner and helps in reducing premature greying and dandruff."
AKA: Clitoria ternatea
"Steeped in hot water to make a tea or cooked, it has many therapeutic effects on the circulatory, respiratory and the nervous system. It is very effective in vertigo, haemorrhagic disorders, common cold, cough and asthma. It acts as an expectorant also."
AKA: Centella asiatica
"This boosts memory as well as intelligence and is good for anemia. Also used for treating fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders and Alzheimer's disease." You can consume it in tablet or powdered form.
AKA: Costus cuspidatus
"An insulin plant is a nature's gift for people suffering from diabetes. 'A leaf a day, keeps diabetes away,' is the famous saying about this plant. Consuming the leaves of this plant helps reduce your blood sugar level effectively in a short period."
AKA: Cymbopogon citratus
"Lemon grass oil is extensively used in aromatherapy. It reduces cholesterol, improves immunity, prevents cancer, improves sleep quality, reduces aches, controls obesity and cleanses harmful toxin wates from the body." You can also make a tea out of lemongrass for maximum benefits.
AKA: Mentha sylvestris
"Mint is a calming and a soothing herb that has been used in cooking for thousands of years to aid with an upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels)."
AKA: Mimosa pudica
"This is very effective for renal stones and bleeding piles." You can make a tea out of the leaves.