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Know your Herbs

Ajwain

Ajwain is found in arid and semi-arid regions in abundant amount. It is a tall herb with multiple branches. It has compound umbel inflorescence with small delicate white flowers and aromatic fruits.

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Akarkara

Akarkara or Anacyclus pyrethrum is similar to Spanish chamomile in appearance and habitat. It belongs to the family Asteraceae or the family of sunflower.

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera is an evergreen, succulent, perennial herb that grows in tropical climates and has its origins in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Amarbel

The scientific name of Amarbel is Cassytha filiformis. It belongs to the family Lauraceae which has many plants similar to those in morning glory.

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Anantmool

Anantmool, also known as Indian Sarsaparilla, is a small plant from the Apocynaceae family. The botanical name of this plant is Hemisdesmus Indicus.

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Apple

Orchard apple or Malus domestica has its origin in Western Asia. There, it is an extensively cultivated deciduous tree. It belongs to the family “Rosaceae”.

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Ashwagandha

Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha is the most common herb used in traditional medicine systems like Chinese.

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Atibala

Atibala also known as Abutilon Indicum is a small plant from the Malvaceae family.

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Banaba

Banaba or Lagerstroemia from the family, Lythraceae is a medium sized tree with dark green oval leaves and flaky bark.

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Basil leaf

Holy Basil, often referred to as the “queen of herbs”, belongs to the mint family and it is often used in cooking.

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Beetroot

Beetroot or Beta vulgaris belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae. The other names of Beetroot are golden beet, table beet, garden beet and red beet.

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Bhringraj

Bhringraj also known as Eclipta Prostrata is a plant from the Asteraceae family. It is a species from the popular sunflower family.

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Bhumi Amla

It belongs to the genus Phyllanthus which means ‘leaf and flower’ because its flower can be associated with the leaf.

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Bitter Melon

As the name suggests, it has a tart taste and is probably among the most bitter herbs.

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Black Pepper

Black pepper or the ‘King of Spices’ is one of the most popularly known spices all over the world.

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Brahmi

Bacopa monnieri is the scientific name of Brahmi. It is a well known herb across the nation and the world from the ancient time.

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Camphor

Camphor tree, also known as Cinnamomum Camphora belongs to the Lauraceae plant family. It is commonly known as camphor wood, camphor laurel or camphor tree.

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Cardamom

Cardamom is a spice belonging to the family Zingiberaceae. The plant is native to India, Indonesia and Asia. Cardamom contains numerous triangular small black seeds enclosed in a light green pod.

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Carrot

Daucus carota or carrot is a vegetable belonging to the family Apiaceae.

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Chamomile

Chamomile plant is a daisy-like plant and is often referred to a star among medicinal plants. Chamomile belongs to the family Asteraceae.

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Chharila

Chharila a.k.a. Parmelia Perlata is a plant belonging to the Parmeliaceae family. It is popularly known as stone flower in India.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon, a mild brown coloured bark, belongs to the family Lauraceae. It is widely used as a spice and is native to South America and Southeast Asia.

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Clove

Clove aka Syzygium aromaticum, is the flower bud of a tree, belonging to the plant family Myrtaceae.

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Coriander

Coriander or coriander sativum is a herb from the Apiaceae family. It is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley.

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Cumin

Cumin aka Cuminum cyminum is a flowering plant that belongs to the plant family Apiaceae. It was originally grown in Middle East and India.

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Curcumin

Curcumin is a bioactive ingredient of turmeric and is known for its medicinal properties. Turmeric is a familiar dietary spice.

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Devdaru

Devdaru is a Sanskrit word which means “wood of Gods” and is also known as Himalayan Cedar.

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Erand

Castor bean plant or erand is a fast-growing large shrub or a small tree. The scientific name for the plant is Ricinus communis.

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Fennel

Fennel is scientifically used as Foeniculum vulgare. It is a flowering plant with feather-like leaves and umbrella-like yellow flowers.

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Fenugreek or methi

Fenugreek or Trigonella foenum-graecum (triangular shape seeds) is a spice and a medicine used in India, Middle East and Egypt.

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Garcinia

Garcinia Cambogia is a wonderful fruit of Garcinia species. It belongs to the plant family Clusiaceae. Garcinia gummi-gutta is the scientific name of this plant.

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Garlic

Garlic or Alllium Sativum belongs to the lily family. A perennial plant and a popular classic ingredient of many cuisines,

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Giloy

Giloy aka Tinospora Cordifolia, is a beautiful heart-leaved plant. It is a herbaceous vine from the family Menispermaceae.

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Ginger

Ginger, scientifically known as Zingiber officinale, belongs to the plant family Zingiberaceae. Turmeric and cardamom also belong to the same botanical family.

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Gojihva

The scientific name of Gojihva is Onosma bracteatum and it belongs to family Boraginaceae.

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Gokhru

Gokhru aka Puncturevine is a herbaceous perennial plant from Zygophyllaceae family with the scientific name Tribulus Terrestris.

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Gooseberry

Gooseberry or Amla (Emblica officinalis) comes from the family Euphorbiaceae and is widely scattered in Europe, Himalayan mountain range and other parts of India, North America and Africa.

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Gotukola

A well-known herb, India pennywort mostly grows in wet and temperate zone. Gotu kola or Centella Asiatica is also known as pennywort.

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Green Tea

Green Green tea is the most preferred tea by the health-conscious community all over the world. It is derived from Camellia sinensis plant.

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Guarana

Guarana or Paullinia cupana is a native plant of the Amazon basin and Brazil. It is a climbing plant with cluster flowers, large and green leaves and coffee-bean like seeds.

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Guava

Guava aka Jamphal is a tropical fruit that belongs to the plant family Myrtaceae. Its scientific name is Psidium guajava.

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Gurmar

Gymnema sylvestre or Gurmar is native to South and Central India, Sri Lanka and belongs to the family Asclepiadaceae.

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Hadjod

Hadjod is a famous perennial climbing herb. It is also known as Cissus quadrangular and belongs to family Vitaceae.

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Harad

Terminalia chebula is commonly called as a chebulic or black myrobalan and belongs to the family Combretaceae.

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus plant, also known as Hibiscus Sabdariffa, is a flowering plant from the family Malvaceae.

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Himalayan Berry

Himalayan berry aka seabuckthorn is a flowering plant from the family Elaeagnaceae. It is found mainly in cold-temperate regions like Europe and Asia.

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Indian Blackberry

Jamun is scientifically known as Syzygium cumini. It belongs to the family Myrtaceae and is native to China, India, Asia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

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Jatamanshi

Nardostachys jatamansi is a flowering plant of the Valerian or honeysuckle family Valerianaceae that grows at high attitude in the Himalayas, Sikkim, Kumaun, Bhutan, Nepal and southwest China.

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Jeevanti

Jeevanti is known as Jivani or Madhusrava in Sanskrit and its scientific name is Leptadenia Reticulate.

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Kaunch

Mucuna pruriens or Kaunch is a tropical legume. The herb belongs to the family Fabaceae.

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Kesar

Kesar is the Hindi name of saffron. It is also known as Crocus Sativus or Saffron Crocus. It is a perennial flowering plant which originated in mainland Greece.

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Kultha

Kultha with the botanical name Macrotyloma Uniflorum (previously termed as Dolichos Biflorus) is a plant from the Leguminosae family.

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Kutki

Kutki is a valuable herb in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine which is used to cure respiratory and liver disorders.

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Lajauni

Lajauni or Mimosa Pudica is also known as touch me not, action plant, humble plant, shame plant or sleepy plant.

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Lavender

The word Lavender has been derived from a Latin word ‘lavare’. It was earlier used by the Romans as incense and perfume in the bathrooms.

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Lemon

Citrus limon or lemon belongs to the citrus family Rutaceae. It is one of the most useful crops that provide valuable essential oils and juice for medical, food and beauty industry.

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a commonly grown herb that has an aroma like that of a lemon.

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Long Pepper

Long pepper is also known as pippali or Indian long pepper. The scientific name for long pepper is Piper longum and belongs to the family Piperaceae.

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Manjistha

Manjistha or Rubia Cordifolia, also known as Indian madder belongs to coffee or the Rubiaceae family.

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Medhashinghi

Gymnema Sylvestre or Gurmar is native to Sri Lanka, south and central India and belongs to the family Asclepiadaceae.

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Mint

Mint is also known as Mentha and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is largely found across North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.

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Moringa

Plant based calcium is more easily absorbed by the body and works well for all the age groups from kids to senior citizens.

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Motha

Motha aka Cyperus Rotundus is a plant from the Cyperaceae family. It is basically grown in parts of Africa, Europe and Asia. In India, it is found all through the temperate, tropical regions.

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Motha Root

Motha a.k.a. Cyperus Rotundus is a plant from the Cyperaceae family. It is grown in parts of Africa, Europe and Asia.

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Mulberry

Mulberry or Morus Alba is a small to medium sized fast growing plant with a short lifespan.

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Mulethi

Mulethi refers to the herb liquorice which is scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra. The plant is native to the countries of Asia and Europe, including India.

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Neel

The scientific name for Neel is Indigofera tinctoria. It belongs to the family Fabaceae or the bean family. It is one of the oldest natural dyes used and is native to India.

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Nirgundi

Nirgundi aka Vitex Negundo is a plant from the Lamiaceae family. It has some common names like five-leaved chaste tree, horseshoe vitex, Chinese chaste tree etc.

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Noni

Noni is a long shrub like tree, native to Australia, Polynesia and Asia with white tube-shaped flowers and yellowish green fruit, containing a characteristic unpleasant odor.

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Nutmeg

Nutmeg is the seed of Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree. The tree gives two spices, mace and nutmeg.

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Orange Pekoe

Orange pekoe is a type of black tea made from the young terminal buds or young leaves of plant called Camellia sinensis.

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Pasanabheda

Pasanabheda aka Bergenia Ligulata is a plant from the family Saxifragaceae. This plant is usually found in the foothills of Himalaya from Kashmir to Bhutan.

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Peppermint

Peppermint or Mentha piperita is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plant. It is a strong aromatic herb and belongs to the family Lamiaceae.

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Prickly Chaff Flower

Prickly chaff flower is a powerful healing plant from the plant family Amaranthaceae. It is scientifically known as Achyranthes Aspera.

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Punarnava

Boerhavia Diffusa is commonly referred to as Punarnava, which means to renew or rejuvenate the body in Ayurveda.

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Rasna

Pluchea lanceolata from the family Asteraceae (sun flower family), also known as Rasna, is a perennial her.

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Ratanjot

Jatropha curcus or Ratanjot is native to Central and South America, Caribbean and Mexico, and is found in tropical and subtropical regions

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Rose

Rose belongs to the family Rosaceae and the genus Rosa. Rose plant is a woody perennial herb and has hundreds of species.

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Safed Musli

The scientific name of Safed musli is Chlorophytum arundinaceum. This plant belongs to the family Liliaceae.

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Sahadevi

Sahadevi also known as Vernonia Cinerea, is a plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is called Sahdebi or Sahadevi in Hindi.

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Saptrangi

Salacia oblonga or Saptrangi is a woody and strangling herb that is native to Sri Lanka, China and India. It is commonly known as Marking Nut tree.

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Shallaki

Boswellia serrata is commonly known as Shallaki and belongs to the family of Burseraceae. It is well known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Shankhpushpi

Shankhpushpi is just like a morning glory plant and it is an all year-round herb with blue flowers and elliptical leaves.

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Shatavari

Asparagus racemosus or Shatavari has been used to support the female reproductive system for centuries in traditional medicinal system as a rejuvenating tonic for the women of all ages.

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Shilajit

Shilajit is a pale, brown and blackish powder. It is a tar-like natural substance which consists of organic materials and humus, formed by slow compression of the plants.

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Shilapushp

Herbs have been used since the origin of Ayurveda till date, as potent natural medication and they still need to be explored.

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St. John’s Wort

Saint John’s Wort is the common name for Hypericum Perforatum, a flowering plant from the family Hypericaceae.

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Tagar

Tagar or Valeriana Wallichii is a rhizome herb of the genus Valeriana. It belongs to the Valerianaceae family.

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Tulsi

Tulsi is an aromatic plant belonging to Lamiaceae family.

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Turmeric

The plant of turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma Longa, belongs to the ginger family known as Zingiberaceae.

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Vach

Vach, Acorus Calamus or sweet flag is a semi-aquatic, all season herb having a strong, sweet aroma. Traditionally used in China and India for its memory enhancing property,

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Valerian

Valerian or Valeriana officinalis is a well known herb that shows significant anxiolytic and sedative effects.

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Varuna

Varuna also known as Crateva Nurvala belongs to the plant family Capparaceae. It is found in parts of Asia and China.

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