8 popular medicinal plants you must know about

In an era of advanced medical science and pills, not many people have put their faith on Ayurveda. The ancient medical science has looked after mankind for centuries. Hence, it is definitely worth a shot. Many think that medicinal plants are hard to find and can only be found in far-off forests or mountains. The advent of chemically synthesized drugs made the home pharmacy disappear with time. The knowledge of common remedies for minor ailments also nosedived.

However, thanks to globalisation and the help of Internet, more and more people are getting inclined towards Ayurveda. Research facilities across the world are trying their best to analyse the characteristics of easily available plants and find remedies for more critical diseases from their extracts. This is now being termed as the renaissance of herbal medicine. Much about this resurfacing is dependent on self-education of every individual.

To familiarize you with a few significant medicinal plants and their values, here are eight medicinal plants that can be found practically anywhere in India and the ills they cure:

Extract of the leaves of this very familiar tree helps cure diarrhea, dysentery, constipation.




Once a common sight at the courtyard of every Indian household, tulsi or basil leaves can cure cough, cold, bronchitis and loss of appetite. The plant is the most widely used herbal expectorant in the world.


Peppermint or pudina:

 The plant’s leaves are popular mainly due to their taste. However, its medicinal values like curing indigestion and healing bruises are also not to be overlooked.


Henna or Mehndi:

Why do you think Indian women have always liked to apply mehndi on their hands? The answer is simple and obvious – mehndi helps cure burns.



Ayurveds have documented this plant as one of the most valuable herb. The extract of its leaves work as a sedative and cure analgesic, epilepsy, hypertension.



Another popular expectorant, dalchini or cinnamon helps cure pulmonary problems such as bronchitis, asthma, and even cardiac disorder and fever.



The flower is widely appreciated for its smell. However, it also eases pain, and when applied to cuts and bruises, it functions as an antiseptic.



Popularly known as gaenda, marigold extract is good for sunburn, acne, and blemishes. This medicinal herb also soothes ulcers and helps cure digestive problems.

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