Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Karpuravalli (in Tamil) / "Plectranthus amboinicus" once identified as "Coleus amboinicus"

Plectranthus amboinicus belonging to the family Lamiaceae commonly known as Country borage. This plant has fleshy leaves carries the flavour of camphor and hence the name in Tamil.

The plant is distributed throughout world especially in India. It is cultivated in the gardens and can be grown in any climatic condition. It can be grown in pot too.

Leaves of this plant has lot of medicinal values and used as natural medicine. It is mainly used for treatment of colds and coughs especially for children.

Raw leaves can be taken for throat infection, cold and coughs.

It is used as cure for malarial fever, cough, chronic asthma. Studies has identified that these leaves extract has anti bacterial activity.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Eechuramooli - Locally called Urikkodi or Tharaasukkodi (Aristolochia bracteata Retz)

Botanical Name: Aristolochia bracteata Retz


This weed is commonly found in dry, irrigated hot lands and in deep forest. This is one of the plant used for cancer treatment and snakebite during ancient days.

In Ayurveda as mentioned the leaves, seeds and the roots are mainly used for treatment of skin diseases, ulcers, lung inflammation etc.
In ancient days to increase power of other medicines people used to make powder out of these roots, mix with other medicines and they will have it. Also it is believed to be whoever having leaves of this plant won’t get cancer.
Root powder is combined with honey and given internally in the case of gonorrhea, boils, ulcers and other skin diseases.

Leaf powder is combined with honey and given to children to cure fix kind of issues. Also mentioned in olden books that having these leaves will increase our life span.

Olden days this plant is mainly used in veterinarian medicines to cure all kinds of unknown diseases caused to the animals. People used to tie this plant in animal neck and just leave animals to inhale the smell from the leaves will cure any type of diseases.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a stemless plant growing to 60–100 cm. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green in colour. These species has been widely cultivated throughout the world. It also can be grown in pots.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used on facial tissues as a moisturiser and/or anti-irritant to reduce chafing of the nose. Cosmetic companies commonly add sap or other derivatives from Aloe vera to products such as makeup, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, incense, shaving cream, or shampoos.

Below are the medicinal benefits of Aloe vera

Burn Treatment:
Aloe vera gel is very good for treating sunburns, healing cuts and wounds, dermatitis and also insect bites.
The best part is that this plant can be consumed and also applied externally.

Maintain cholesterol:
Aloe is great for maintaining cholesterol levels by reducing tryglycerides.

Good for diabetes:
Aloe vera is good for diabetes patients, because it helps regulate blood sugar levels and the ability to reverse blood stickiness, thus ensuring smooth circulation of blood.

The anti-ageing properties of aloe vera moisturizes the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells along with wrinkles and fine lines.

Aloe Helps to improve digestion. Make juice out of jelly leaf and have it will improve digestion.

Avoid taking aloe internally during pregnancy, menstruation, if you have hemorrhoids or degeneration of the liver and gall bladder.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

keelanelli (Tamil) - Phyllanthus niruri (Herbal medicine for Jaundice)

keelanelli in Tamil (Phyllanthus niruri) is a small herbal tropical plant commonly found in South India which is most preferred herbal medicine for curing jaundice.

The common names of this herb are Amla, Chanca Piedra, Kidney Stone Tree, Phyllanthus and Quebra Pedra. It belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae, well known for its medicinal properties.


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Keelanelli is used in Indian medicine for curing various problems in the stomach, liver, kidney. The whole plant is used as medicine, including its roots, leaves, and fruits. The fruits are useful for the treatment of tubercular ulcers, wounds, sores, scabies and ringworm.

The fresh leaf believed to be an excellent remedy for jaundice.

Keelanelli for jaundice:
Add some cardamom to keelanelli leaves, along with a spoon of turmeric powder. Add an onion to it and grind the mixture. Mix this with a glass of milk or buttermilk and consume it twice a day – morning (on empty stomach) and night.

Keelanelli for fever:
Grind keelanelli root with 2 teaspoons of gingelly (sesame) oil, along with cumin and milk. This paste can be applied to the head to gradually reduce fever.

Keelanelli for burns:
Add pepper to 30 grams of keelanelli leaves. Boil it with 3 cups of water until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Consumption of this juice will help to heal burns of the skin.

Keelanelli has gained worldwide popularity due to its effect against Hepatitis-B. It is an important plant in Indian medicine, and it has also been used in Brazil and Peru as a herbal remedy for kidney stones.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Indian borage (Common Name), Trichodesma indicum (Botanical Name), Kavil Thumbai (Tamil)

Medicinal Benefits

Trichodesma indicum is a erect herb found as a weed common in roadsides and on stony dry waste lands. throughout the greater part of India.

We call it as "Kavil Thumbai" in Tamil.

Indian Borage
Plant is around 15 to 45 cm height. Flowers are bluish white or nearly white when fully ripe

The decoction of the root and leaves are used for diarrhea, dysentery and skin diseases. This study was evaluated with few animal models in regards to diarrhea. The extract significantly inhibited the castor oil-induced diarrhea. The ethanol extract of Trichodesma indicum root has significant antidiarrheal activity and substantiates the use of this herbal remedy as a nonspecific treatment for diarrhea in folk medicine.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Palmyra Palm tree (Borassus) - Benefits

Palmyra is the official tree of Tamil Nadu, India.

Palmyra is one of the tree in which all of its parts are used. Everyone is saying that its a green cover. Main advantage of these trees are will resist to the any drought situation. It can withstand with one or two rainfall in a year without watering.

In olden days people used to grow these trees around ponds / water resource. Those tap roots will search for water from the lower ground level and helps to maintain the surface water.

There were number of trees in and around south India till few years back but now those trees are cut down and used as fire wood for making bricks. Due to that water level also gone down to 1000 ft or even more in some places.

Even in our field in and around I have seen there are many trees till few years back. But now the number of trees got reduced mainly because of drought situation and people moved towards real estate as nothing is possible with the land without water.

In the below picture you can see the fruit for Palmyra. When to cut open this you can see a jelly like seeds which is good to eat. Before ripe if you cut these fruit you can get a sweet liquid which is very good to make our body cool.

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Leaves of these trees are used for making shelter, fans, baskets, hats and umbrellas. In ancient days these leaves are used for horoscopes, poems and as writing material.  My grand father’s horoscope itself written in palm leaves only.

More information you can see the below link

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thuthuvalai (Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant - Solanum trilobatum)

Botanical name of the purple fruited pea eggplant is Solanum trilobatum which is called as Thuthuvalai in Tamil Language.

There are lot of medicinal plants available in our fields which we don't know about their medicinal value or it's medicinal uses. One of that is Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant and it is called "Thuthuvalai" in Tamil which has whole of medicinal properties and also used in our day to day life even as food.

This plant is a creeper variety commonly grown in bushes. People use to grow in their own farm land or garden for their own use as ingredient in the daily food. You can make plantation of this plant to earn money by selling fresh leaves or even collect those leaves, dry it, make it as a powder and sell in the market. Now a days people are aware of the medicinal property and interested to buy.

Stems and leaves are fully covered with thorns.

Thuthuvalai (Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant)

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Dry these leaves, make it as powder and use it in our daily food. You can take a teaspoon for this power in a glass of milk daily will completely rid of cold and cough. Fresh leaves can be used for making chutney. It is also used for preparing soup.

The medicinal benefits of Thuthuvalai are:

1. Very good for curing Asthma, Cold, Cough and Flu.
2. Prevents throat infection.
3. Helps to produce blood and increases blood circulation.
4. Thuthuvalai leaves helps to reduce heat and gas related disorders in human body.

Leaves of this plant is best to be used in preparing "rasam". Pound the leaves with other dried spices in mortar and boil to make rasam. "Thuthuvalai Rasam" is popular in Tamil Nadu state of India and it is good in balancing the body tridosha system. It has been called  as kayakalpam in siddha medicine.

How to plant Thuthuvalai:

Thuthuvalai can be planted in dry land with minimal rainfall. Collect seeds from farmer, plant some seeds in a pot, let it grow for 30 cm and then plant those in your garden. You can grow this also in a pot.

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