Importance of some herbs and their medicinal value | Daily News

Importance of some herbs and their medicinal value

Herbs such as black pepper, cinnamon, myrrh, aloe, sandalwood, ginseng, red clover, burdock, bayberry and safflower are used to heal wounds, sores and boils.Basil, fennel, chives, cilantro, apple mint, thyme, golden oregano, variegated lemon balm, rosemary and variegated sage are some important medicinal herbs and can be planted in the kitchen garden.

These herbs are easy to grow, look good, taste and smell amazing and many of them are magnets for bees and butterflies.

Many herbs are used as blood purifiers to alter or change a long-standing condition by eliminating metabolic toxins. These are also known as 'blood cleansers'. Certain herbs improve the immunity of the person, thereby reducing conditions such as fever.Some herbs also have antibiotic properties.

Turmeric is useful in inhibiting the growth of germs, harmful microbes and bacteria.

Turmeric is widely used as a home remedy to heal cut and wounds.To reduce fever and the production of heat caused by a sickness, certain antipyretic herbs such as chirayata, black pepper, sandalwood and safflower are recommended by traditional medicine practitioners.

Sandalwood and cinnamon are great astringents apart from being aromatic. Sandalwood is especially used in arresting the discharge of blood, mucus, etc.Some herbs are used to neutralize the acid produced by the stomach. Herbs such as marshmallow root and leaf serve as antacids.

The healthy gastric acid needed for proper digestion is retained by such herbs.Herbs like cardamom and coriander are renowned for their appetizing qualities.

Other aromatic herbs such as peppermint, cloves and turmeric add a pleasant aroma to food, thereby increasing the taste of the meal.Some herbs like aloe, sandalwood, turmeric, sheetrajhindi and kharekhasak are commonly used as antiseptics and are very high in medicinal value.Ginger and cloves are used in certain cough syrups. They are known for their expectorant property which promotes the thinning and ejection of mucus from the lungs, trachea and bronchi. Eucalyptus, cardamom, wild cherry and cloves are also expectorants.

Herbs such as chamomile, calamus, ajwain, basil, cardamom, chrysanthemum, coriander, fennel, peppermint and spearmint, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric are helpful in promoting good blood circulation.

Therefore, they are used as cardiac stimulants.Certain medicinal herbs have disinfectant property which destroys disease causing germs. They also inhibit the growth of pathogenic microbes that cause communicable diseases.Herbal medicine practitioners recommend calmative herbs, which provide a soothing effect to the body.

They are often used as sedatives.Certain aromatic plants such as aloe, golden seal, barberry and chirayata are used as mild tonics. The bitter taste of such plants reduces toxins in blood.

They are helpful in destroying infection as well.Certain herbs are used as stimulants to increase the activity of a system or an organ, as for example herbs like cayenne lal mirch, myrrh, camphor and guggul.

A wide variety of herbs including giloe, golden seal, aloe and barberry are used as tonics. They can also be nutritive and rejuvenate a healthy as well as diseased individual.Honey, turmeric, marshmallow and liquorice can effectively treat a fresh cut and wound. They are termed as vulnerary herbs.

(Source: National Health Portal of India)


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