We spoke to our experts about their take on the most powerful medicinal plants and potent herbs. Here’s what they had to say.
Plants with Healing Power
Our experts have each shared a little something about their favorite wonder herb and why you should start using it immediately.
Haritaki is a green fruit that is widely available locally. It is powerful way to combat a variety of disorders. Haritaki is called Bal Harre/bal harde in its unripe form. Haritaki is often referred to as ‘mother herb’ in Ayurveda.
Why it’s one of the top picks among medicinal plants:
It is rich in antioxidants and is Strotovishuddhi kar in nature meaning it cleanses your body's channels. Body channels when not cleansed can cause blockages which can lead to diseases. One teaspoon every night can detoxify your system and give relief from constipation.
It is known to boost metabolism, strengthen your liver function and balance out lipid levels. It consists of a blend of five tastes: sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and is majorly astringent.
Chewing a piece of haritaki pericarp can cure mouth ulcers. It also cures chronic indigestion. This should preferably be consumed after meals.
It works as a home remedy for cuts and burns. Its paste can be used to stop bleeding and heal boils or purulent wounds. Try washing wounds with a Haritaki decoction to ensure healing without scar formation.
Bal harde for children provides relief from constipation and flatulence. It promotes enhanced immunity.
– Dr. Suchita Bhaduri
Ashwagandha is known as one of the best medicinal plants in Ayurvedic healing. It is best known for its restorative benefits. Ashwagandha is also called Indian Ginseng because it has rejuvenating properties.
This herb can strengthen the immune system and combat stress and reduce symptoms of depression. It can boost your memory and attention span.
Winter cherry can be applied to treat wounds, backaches and paralysis. Ashwagandha has been known to reduce blood sugar levels through its insulin secretion properties.
It can also boost testosterone and fertility in males.
Ashwagandha is known to reduce cholesterol levels which can reduce the risk of heart diseases.
– Dr. Anand Dwivedi
Aloe Vera has one of the best natural herbs with multiple benefits from taking care of your overall immunity and giving you flawless skin.
Ghrit Kumari is often used as a natural cure for asthma and diabetes. The gel of aloe is helpful for treating inflammations and itchiness.
Aloe is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients which help keep your immune system tough and strong.
It creates a protective layer around the skin so it can help protect against the harmful radiation from the sun. Kumari can be used to treat burns and heal wounds thanks to its cooling and soothing effect.
Aloe Vera is known to have a laxative effect and can help improve digestion and give relief from constipation when taken regularly.
– Dr. Pratik Bhoite