Cooking

Kancanara Tvak (Bauhinia variegata)

In Sanskrit, the word Kanchnar means “A glowing beautiful lady” because of its use in treating skin diseases.The bark of the planet is used in fever, as tonic and astringent, as antileprotic, in skin diseases and wound healing, antigoitrogenic, and as antitumor…

Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)

The tree is a strong light demander. It requires direct overhead light and cannot tolerate shade of cramped situation. The young plants, however appreciate a certain amount of shade and benefit by side protection from the hot sun…

Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica)

Amalaki is an Indian traditional Ayurvedic herb used as a rejuvenating medicine in aging conditions.The fruits of Amala commonly used in Aryuveda are assumed to enhance defense against diseases.Amalaki has a beneficial role…

Sunthi (Ginger)

It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging.Furthermore, it has antimicrobial potential as well which can help in treating infectious diseases.The bioactive molecules of ginger like gingerols have shown antioxidant activity in various modules…

Marica (Piper nigrum)

Peppercorn seeds are widely available through online nurseries. Prior to planting the seeds, soak them overnight to soften the seed coats. Plant the seeds ¼ inch deep in a rich, well-draining potting mix. Space the seeds three inches apart…

Ela ( sthula ) (black cardamom)

Cardamom requires a steady supply of moisture and will not tolerate drought. If growing in a greenhouse, it should be kept humid and maintained carefully. Cardamom is not tolerant of cold, but should be kept in a location with many hours of partially occluded sunlight…

Tvak (Cinnamon)

Cinnamon is used as a spice and flavoring agent.Cinnamon is also added to flavor chewing gums due to its mouth refreshing effects and ability to remove bad breath.Cinnamon can also improve the health of the colon, thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer.…

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi reduces stress and anxiety as it decreases the levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone.Brahmi is known to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease due to the presence of the amyloid compound in the neuron that is responsible for damaging the brain…

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a prominent herb in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and has become a popular supplement due to its health benefits.Limited evidence suggests that ashwagandha reduces blood sugar levels through its effects on insulin secretion and sensitivity…

Ajowain (Trachyspermum ammi) (Carom)

If you live somewhere tropical, you can grow carom outdoors as a perennial. In more temperate climates, it can be an annual outdoors or you can grow it indoors in containers. This is an easy plant to grow, but it may be difficult to find…

Lavang (cloves)

Cloves are low in calories but a rich source of manganese. They’re otherwise an insignificant source of nutrients.Cloves are high in antioxidants, including eugenol, which can help reduce oxidative stress…

Neem chaal (bark)

Neem is a one tree pharmacy. Not only in Ayurvedic medicines, neem tree extracts have been a part of many home remedies that Indians have been following since time immemorial…

Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)

Rubia cordifolia L. (RC) is a valuable medicinal plant in Ayurvedic system owing to its multiple pharmacological properties and often referred as common Madder or Indian Madder in the coffee family Rubiaceae…

Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin.Chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases…

Tulsi

Alternative medicine practitioners use tulsi as a powerful adaptogenic herb (an herb that reduces stress and increases energy). It may also reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, work as an anti-inflammatory, and promote detoxification…

Fennel Seeds (saunf)

Blooming in the summertime, jasmine flowers are known for their sweet, exotic fragrance on warm evenings. Jasmine is a very famous flower. It has a strong yet sweet, pleasant and romantic fragrance, which is very common of nocturnal flowers. Jasmine flower is often associated with romance and love. Heroes in romantic novels and movies can…

Mulethi

The licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), which means sweet root in Greek is actually a legume. It is native to the Mediterranean and parts of the South-West Asia and particularly to the Indian subcontinent, where it is called ‘Mulethi’ It is a perennial herb that grows to over a meter…

Shigru (Drumsticks)

One vegetable that deserves our attention is drumstick or Moringa. Moringa has been proclaimed as one the more recent superfoods. Drumstick is widely known to be therapeutic…

Shallaki

In early spring, soak the flat brown seeds overnight in a mix of 9 parts water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide to kill fungi and stimulate germination. After finding a pot with drainage holes, fill it with a damp mix of 1 part seed-starting mix and 1 part sand. Drain the seeds…

Mustagi

Mastic tree care starts with proper placement. If you plan on growing a mastic tree, plant it in a full sun location. It also requires well-drained soil, and occasional deep irrigation is an important part of its care.It grows fairly slowly to a maximum of 25 feet tall…

Kamarkas

Plant sage in full sun. Sage should be planted in well-draining soil; it won’t tolerate sitting in wet soil. The easiest and best way to start sage is from a small plant. Set the plants 2 feet apart…

Mandookparni (Centella asiatica) (Gotu Kola)

Mandukaparni acts as a powerful brain food, and is known for its ability to enhance mind power (Medhya Rasayana effect). It supports and improves all aspects of mental functioning. It helps retard the aging process. It is rated as excellent for …

Kaunch (mucuna)

Kaunch beej might be beneficial in the management of arthritis. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties help to reduce pain and swelling in the joints.Prolactin hormone is required to maintain lactation in breastfeeding…

Makoi (Black night shade plants)

Makoy is a very poisonous plant and thereby, not meant for any kind of use in the pediatric age group. That’s why its usage in extra doses often lead to death from cardiac arrhythmia, vomiting, Diarrhea, convulsions or maybe even paralysis attack in severe cases…

Isabgol (Psyllium herb)

Isabgol yield depends on variety, climate, soil and other crop management practices. It is a winter crop and needs cold and dry weather during growth period and its sowing season starts from November and December. Some farmers believe the first week of December is ideal for seeding…

Ajmod

Ajmoda is very well-known in the form of a drug used for curing respiratory and digestive diseases, gout and rheumatism. For external use, the poultice that is made using the seeds if Ajmoda in warm water can help in relieving joint pain…

Tagar (Valerian)

The great sage Charka has categorized Tagara as sitaprasamana- relieves cold sensation of the skin.The roots of plant contains Valerianic acid and Valepotriates (a derivative of iridoid or monoterpene), which has sedative and tranquilizer effect due to which it is especially noted for people particularly suffering from stress, anxiety, over strain and nervous disorders…

Kesar (Saffron)

Saffron is rich in plant compounds that act as antioxidants, such as crocin, crocetin, safranal, and kaempferol. Antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidative stress.Saffron may help treat symptoms of mild-to-moderate depression, but more studies are needed before definite recommendations can be made…

Sahatavari

For Shatavari plantation, it requires sandy loam soil with drainage system. To bring soil to fine tilth, digging of land is to be done at the depth of 15cm. transplantation is done on raised beds.To protect crop from soil borne disease and pest, before sowing do seed…

Mash (urad dal)

Due to high potassium content urad dal acts as an aphrodisiac.(High blood pressure occurs due to high sodium level and low potassium level. Black gram contains plenty of potassium. This helps to balance sodium potassium level and reduce hypertension or high blood pressure. There is a strong link between hypertension or high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction…

Makhana

Makhanas are low in sodium content and high in potassium and magnesium, making them useful for people with high blood pressure.The high calcium content makes them great for bone and teeth health…

Methi (fenugreeek seeds)

Fenugreek seeds have a healthy nutritional profile, containing a good amount of fiber and minerals, including iron and magnesium. Research suggests that fenugreek may increase breastmilk production and the rate of weight gain in newborn babies…

Karela Fruit Pulp

Karela juice may provide many impressive health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels and boosting skin health. More research is needed to determine if it can help reduce belly fat.Karela juice is also consumed around the…

Jamun Seeds

Jamun is native to India, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Jamun seeds are known to be great healing medication for diabetics. Jamun seeds helps to regulate insulin level in our body…

Aloe Vera Recipes

It is easy to grow. It is propagated by detaching younger clone plant from the base of the adult plant. Since aloe vera have short roots and heavy leaves so it is moved to heavier pot when it becomes top heavy. Plant prefers 8-10 hours of sunlight in a day. But can also survive in cold conditions in dormant state…