What are the health benefits of medicinal plants?

What are the health benefits of medicinal plants

Medicinal plants are the types of plants used in herbology or herbal medicine. These plants possess therapeutic properties or have beneficial effects on the human body. The medicinal plants are useful in the treatment of common ailments like relief from headache, indigestion problem and even irritation from insect bites. People use them as food, medicine, perfume, and flavonoid and in certain spiritual activities. 

Read on to know the notable health benefits of top medicinal plants.

Giloy

It is an Ayurveda herb that has been used in Indian medicine for ages. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants, which fight free radicals and keep your cells healthy & free from diseases. Giloy is a universal herb that boosts immunity, something we need during the challenging times of widespread coronavirus. It combats liver diseases, urinary infections, and is useful in treating infertility. It helps reduce mental stress and anxiety and boost immunity. Giloy has anti-inflammatory & anti-arthritic properties that help treat arthritis and its symptoms. 

Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj, also known as ‘False Daisy’ is a traditional herb recommended for long, strong and silky hair. People use Bhringaraj for treating skin diseases as well. It offers protection to the liver from harmful chemicals that can damage it. Intake of the juice of Bhringaraj leaves with honey also helps in fighting the bacteria, which causes dysentery. A fresh extract from its leaves is a perfect remedy for swelling, inflammation and relieving pain. Also, Bhringaraj has immunity-boosting properties which offer protection against infections & helps you stay healthy.

Tulsi

Tulsi is an Ayurvedic herb, also called Holy Basil, ‘Queen of Herbs’ or ‘Elixir of Life.’ It has a strong aroma & a flavour & differentiated by its medicinal properties. Often combined with black, green or white tea leaves for its health-promoting ingredients. It lowers blood pressure, treats gastrointestinal disorders, regulates blood sugar, and helps relieve the joint pain associated with arthritis. Tulsi plant has antiseptic properties that kill damaging bacteria in the mouth and result in fresher breath. It is also a powerful adaptogenic herb that reduces stress and increases energy.

Patharchatta

Patharchatta is a succulent medicinal plant. People also call it ‘Miracle Plant’ because wherever it lands, it starts to develop roots and grow new plants. Patharchatta has diuretic & lithotriptic properties. The intake of Patharchatta leaves juice breaks the stone present in the kidney and eradicates through urine. It effectively soothes any pain in joints or muscles. The leaves of Patharchatta plant have astringent properties that help to calm down redness, swelling and irritation in the skin. Patharchatta also reduces acidity, heartburn and aids in digestion.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a popular medicinal plant that people use for treating skin infections and injuries. The aloe vera gel contains beneficial bioactive compounds, including mineral, vitamins and antioxidants. The polyphenols found in aloe vera inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes infection in humans. Aloe Vera plant has antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties that help heal wounds and treat skin problems. It reduces dental plaque, helps treat mouth ulcers and may also treat constipation. 

Lavender, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sage are some other popular medicinal plants that you can keep around your home for beauty & health benefits.

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