Indian herbs have been into limelight owing to its health benefits ever since primitive times when there was no technically advanced medical science and facilities. India is the country that produces second highest number of medicinal herbs just after China.
The regions that are home to these medicinal herbs are Himalayas, Nilgiri, and Aravalis. Indian herbs constitute a study and subject altogether, known as Ayurveda. It is the traditional form of medicine that first found its practice widely in India.
These herbs are known to have magical healing powers – be it enhancing immunity or curing some dreadful diseases. Women trust these herbs to a level that they are often seen growing on small window sill gardens. Below given are 5 common Indian herbs and their benefits –
A very common herb used in many Indian dishes, boasts properties to lower blood sugar levels and also useful for diabetic patients. Cinnamon has an element called cinnamaldehyde that makes it full of healthy properties. This spice also has antioxidant properties and can fight inflammation effectively. It further lowers cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood. The general dose for taking cinnamon is around 0.5-2 teaspoons or 1-6 grams per day.
Abundant in anti-inflammatory properties, cloves have a compound called eugenol. It is also rich in antioxidant properties, boosts healthy heart and keeps cancers at bay. Cloves slow down bone and cartilage damage that occurs due to arthritis. It also aids in insulin functioning. Clove oil works like magic for tooth aches as it has numbing properties and also can fight bacteria growth.
Although the basic coriander is majorly used in Indian cooking, but the seeds of Coariander can also yield cilantro that is extensively used in other countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico. A wonderful herb to aid in digestion and acidity problems; it also has benefits like stabilising irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, anxiety, and high cholesterol levels. Corinader is also rich in antioxidant properties.
The compound in turmeric that makes it highly beneficial is curcumin. Apart from a great anti inflammatory herb, turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant that boosts immune system and also prevents all kinds of oxidative damage. Turmeric is a potent ingredient in many Indian medicines, especially one that aim to reduce aches, and wound healing. It also fights Alzheimer’s, enhances heart health, relieve arthritis, improves brain function and lightens skin pigmentation.
Tulsi as its commonly known is an herb that is best for fighting infections and strengthening immunity. It can restrict the growth of molds, bacteria, and yeasts. Lowering blood pressure levels, reducing anxiety and depression bouts, preventing teeth and gum problems are just some more benefits of this Indian herb.
Apart from the above mentioned herbs, there are many more that are worth including in this list like cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, fenugreek, and peppermint which are easily available in all parts of the country and has immense health benefits.