Ayurveda is a medical science of ancient India, which had found a very effective use of herbs to cure all kind of major and minor ailments, without side effects. Though Ayurvedic doctors use rare and unique herbs in treating ailments, there are also some very popular herbs which can be used every day to maintain good health.
Though commonly used as a spice for flavoring dishes, turmeric has great healing powers and has been used in Ayurveda for mostly for purifying blood, treating skin ailments, as well as in treatment of heart, liver and lungs diseases. Turmeric is considered great anti-bacterial, which helps in healing of wounds.
This is one of the most sought after herb, both by the chefs and holistic medical practitioners, especially the Ayurvedic practitioners who refer to it as Lasuna. The herb is known for its excellent antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal property, besides being a good home remedy for influenza, cold and cough.
3. Aloe Vera
The magical herb was known as ‘The Plant of Immortality’ by the Egyptians. The herb is extensively used as cosmetic product due to its qualities in nourishing the skin. In Ayurveda, the herb was used to treat rashes, digestion, and curing various ailments of human body.
Ayurveda has taken advantage of this herb to successfully treat, digestive problems and morning sickness, though it is not limited to that. Ginger has been considered stand by remedy for almost any ailment due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti pyretic and analgesic properties.
5. Tulsi or Holy Basil
Holy basil or Tulsi is used as a remedial herb for many ailments of human body, like cold, fever, sore throat, cough, bronchitis, asthma, and kidney stones and heart problems. The herb is an excellent nerve tonic and is known to increase memory power and mental ability. It is also known to relieve stress.
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, has been an important ingredient of Ayurvedic medicine for many centuries. The edible fruit has been used to treat diabetes, cholesterol, cold, cough, indigestion and many more diseases effectively. Amla is well known for its high content in vitamin C and its amazing antioxidant properties.
7. Ashawagandh or Winter Cherry
This herb has been used as an aphrodisiac and treatment of infertility as it has great property of nourishing and rejuvenating the tissues of human body. Ayurveda has found good use of the whole herb, from its root to its leaves for use in medicines which are used to address various ailments.
8. Jatamansi or Indian Spikenard
This aromatic herb is sought for its amazing property of purifying blood and improving the complexion of skin, giving it a youthful appearance. The herb is used in ayurveda for treating ailments like poor circulation of blood, digestive disorders, respiratory diseases and infertility. It is also used in production of aromatic candles.
Neem is good for infections of skin, known to provide relief from even the dreaded small pox. Though bitter in taste, the plant has great healing power and used in most of medicines prepared in ayurveda.
Ayurveda has made use of this wonderful herb to enhance and rejuvenate memory powers as well as increase intelligence, as it greatly benefits the nervous system. The herb is also known to improve immunity and treats psoriasis and hair loss.