Unlock Health Benefits with the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Herbs by Muskan Gupta

Unlock Health Benefits with the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Herbs

by Muskan Gupta

5000 years ago, Ayurveda, the science of life, was birthed on the soils of Hindustan. Fast forward to today, Ayurveda still prevails as a worshipped medicine system in our country.

The basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent diseases. It promotes healthy lifestyle practices, focusing on diet, nutrition and yoga and aims to aid the general well being of the masses.

The Ayurveda has the biggest inventory of useful medicinal herbs rooting from India.

This article talks about the eight most commonly used medicinal herbs with abundant health benefits.

1. Ashwagandha

This ancient ayurvedic plant is one of the most regarded herbs. This magical plant gets its name from two Sanskrit words- Ashva and Gandha; meaning a strong horse-like smell. The name is analogous to the fact that the roots of Ashwagandha are strongly scented and are known to offer great strength (like horses) to the muscles of the consumer. The list of its benefits is long. It helps in improving memory, and cardio respiration, maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy immune system. It destresses the body and helps to rejuvenate and flush it with energy and vitality. It also helps in regulating Thyroid.

2. Brahmi

This herb is also called the herb of grace. These leaves are considered the epitome of purity. The best use of this herb is to treat neurological disorders. It enhances memory, intelligence and increases concentration power, because of which, consuming these leaves before meditation was an old practice. It is an Ayurvedic neuroprotective. This herb favours clear, glowing skin by regulating blood impurities. It decreases cortisol levels, which helps the body to cope up with stress and anxiety.

3. Cardamom

Cardamom, known as Elaichi in Hindi, is known to work as a calming spice. It is also called a natural tranquillizer. It is commonly used to treat asthma. It lowers blood sugar levels. The spice also attends to problems like indigestion, inflammation, fungal infections and more. It is also used as a breath freshener to fight bad breath. 

4. Carom Seeds

Ajwain or Carom Seed is the most common spice used to treat digestive issues in Indian households.  If you have been grown in a typical Indian family, I am sure you would have been fed Ajwain to settle your indigestion someday. It is also a detoxifier that throws out toxins from the body efficiently. It reduces blood pressure. It has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It prevents coughing and also, heart diseases.

5. Cumin Seeds

Cumin is famous for its spectacular anti-diabetes properties because the cumin oil provides insulin resistance. At the same time, it is highly regarded for treating and pacifying digestive discomforts, such as stomach pain or bloating and aiding in increased metabolism, helping in weight loss. All its benefits are clinically proven.  Cumin also has natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. It helps in increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the body.

6. Licorice

It is a commonly used ingredient to produce medicines. It is known to have a soothing effect on sore throats. It attacks gastrointestinal problems to soothe heartburns because it reduces the acid influx. It is also used to treat food poisoning. It is used as a flavouring agent because of a compound called Glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for the root's sweet taste. It has potential anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral effects. As a result, licorice root extract is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It also aids in the treatment of peptic ulcers, which are painful sores that develop in your stomach, lower oesophagus, or small intestine.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric is a traditional herb and is a popular participant in Indian rituals. Because of its extraordinary anti-inflammatory, it works well to treat acne-prone skin. It strengthens the immune system, because of which we all are made to drink the very famous 'Haldi Ka Doodh' whenever we are injured. Consumption of turmeric is promoted because of the curcumin in it, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

8. Neem

The Neem tree is greeted with utmost diligence because of its stunning healing powers. It is used as a tonic and astringent. Neem leaf can treat intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite and cardiovascular diseases. It also plays a significant role in the treatment of leprosy. Neem also deals with gum disease; the twigs of a Neem tree are used for brushing teeth in many rural and suburban areas because it prevents plaque formation in the mouth. A few people even apply the paste of neem leaves directly to their skin. Neem in liquid forms treats skin ulcers, diabetes and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions. Neem tea is used to lower fever, typically Malaria fever. It looks like a never-ending list!







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