The following is a list of powerful ayurvedic herbs that you can use for cooking on a daily basis. Having these herbs in your kitchen can make your cooking more flavorful and delicious and also keep your family healthy.
Fennel: A spice used in Indian cooking, fennel proves to be beneficial to the intestinal tract, eyes, blood, breast milk etc. The oil, roots and fruit have medicinal value.
Fever Nut or Nickel Nut: The seeds, leaves and roots are used for preparing medicines. It is effective in case of fever, cough, asthma, inflammation, pain, intestinal worms.
Flame of the forest: The flowers of this tree resemble fire and hence the name. It can reduce inflammation, give relief to pain and improve digestion. It is used in many fire rituals in Hinduism.
Garlic: A commonly used condiment and spice, garlic is known to be an effective remedy for cholesterol, strep throat etc.
Ginger: The king of herbs with many healing properties; a good remedy for indigestion, fever, cold, vomiting, arthritis, lowering cholesterol etc; can be ingested as juice, infusion or decoction.
Golden Thread Root: Mostly seen in the hilly areas of India and in China, Golden Thread Root is a small shrub usually used to treat ailments related to the eye. It is good for preventing inflammations.
Acacia: A mild laxative, Acacia is very effective in case of inflammations and various conditions such as sore throat, dysentery, diabetes etc. Shikakai, the extract from the tree is used as.
Aloe Vera: The juice of leaves is used in case of Dyspepsia, Amenorrhoea, Scanty menstruation, Burne, Colic hepatopathy, Splenopathy.
Ashoka: The bark of Ashoka tree has immense therapeutic effects on the female reproductive system.
Asparagus: High antioxidant property; used as a cure for nervous disorders, Cardiac debility, Hypertension, Abortion and general debility. Not suitable for people with kidney disorders.
Asafoetida: This spice is a common flavouring agent in Indian cooking. It reduces flatulence and is used as a remedy for cough, whooping cough, bronchitis etc.
Bael: A deciduous tree, Bael is the remedy for inflammations, body aches, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation etc. The fruits, roots, leaves and bark are used in medicinal preparations. The leaves are highly revered and religious for Hindus.
Banyan Tree: The bark, fruits and leaves of this huge tree have several medicinal properties. It can improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, purify blood, improve eye sight etc.
Holy Basil: It is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic herb found throughout India. It is used as a medication for coughs, colds, indigestion, skin diseases vomiting, hair loss and much more.
Bishop’s Weed or Ajwain: They are found commonly in the Indian subcontinent and used as a spice. The seeds of Bishop’s weed have antiseptic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties and can help in digestion.
Black Pepper: Pepper is found to be useful as medication for asthma, fever, cholera, sore throat and so on.
Brahmi: The entire plant is medicinal and is commonly used in the treatment of asthma, epilepsy, headaches, mental disorders etc. It can also improve memory and intelligence.
Castor oil plant: Castor oil, derived from the beans of the castor oil plant is made use of as a laxative and purgative. It is also used in treating arthritis.
Cinnamon: It is an effective aphrodisiac, diuretic and carminative It is an effective medication for bronchitis, asthma, cardiac disease, diarrhea nausea, vomiting.
Clove: It acts as a Digestive, Carminative, Stimulant, Antispasmodic and Appetizer.
Coriander: It has carminative, digestive, appetizer, diuretic properties and can be used as a medication for cough, bronchitis, vomiting etc.
Country Mallow or Bala: This shrub is seen abundantly in India and for liver re-growth and in the treatment of cancer, obesity, inflammations.
Cumin: A Uterine and Nervine stimulant, it is effective in treating Dyspepsia, Colic, Helminthiasis, Renal vesical calcute, Leucorrhoea, Chronic diarrhea etc.
Curry Leaf: Commonly used as a seasoning agent in Indian curries, curry leaves has high curative powers and is an effective antidiabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective.
Deodar or Devadaru: Deodar is a coniferous tree which has antifungal, carminative, diuretic and diaphoretic properties. The various parts of the tree are used as cure for cough, skin diseases, rheumatism.
Dill: It is a perennial herb is useful in case of indigestion, arthritis, abdominal pain, inflammation etc. The fruits and leaves are the main parts used.
Eagle wood or Agar wood: The wood and the oil have a special fragrance and are therefore used in making incense and perfumes. It is also effective in curing injuries, indigestion, skin problems.
Endive or Chicory: A bushy perennial plant, chicory is a good remedy for headaches, indigestion, insomnia and so on. It is also used as a coffee substitute.
Gooseberry: It has aphrodisiac, astringent and laxative properties and has effects on circulatory, excretory and digestive systems.
Hibiscus: Commonly seen in India, this plant is known to give relief from cough, fever, alopecia, dysmenorrhea. The leaves and flowers are good for improving hair texture and removing dandruff.
Indian Kino tree: A deciduous tree seen throughout India, Indian kino tree. The heart wood is used as an astringent. The leaves and flowers are also used in Ayurvedic medicines.
Indian Coral Tree or Tiger’s Claw: Indian Coral Tree can be seen throughout India with its flower shaped like a tiger’s claw. It has several medicinal properties making it suitable for insomnia, inflammation, anorexia.
Indian Tree Spurge: Also known as Milk Bush or Pencil Tree, it is used for treating warts, cough, asthma, rheumatism etc. It grows in tropical arid areas.
Kokum: The leaves, seeds and fruits of this moderately large tree can be used to prepare medicines for obesity, paralysis, ulcers, diarrhea etc. The fruit is used in cooking as well.
Lemon Grass: It has been found to possess anti-cancer and anti-fungal properties and is also used in aromatherapy.
Liquorice or Licorice: The roots of the liquorice plant has been used from olden times to give relief from cough, fever, bronchitis, fever, skin problems etc.
Long Pepper or Pippali: Pippali forms part of many Ayurvedic preparations. Its effects are focused on the body’s metabolism, digestion and assimilation. It is also one of the three ingredients of treating cold related illness.
Mountain Ebony or Kachnar: Found in Burma, India and China, Mountain Ebony are best suited to treat ailments related to the lymphatic system. Its bark, root, seeds and flowers are used for Ayurvedic preparations.
Neem: Neem tree is also known as ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini’ (that which cures all ailments). All parts of the Neem tree including the leaf, bark, fruit, flower etc. have medicinal
Peppermint: Peppermint has a high menthol content and is used commonly as a mouth-freshener and flavouring agent. Its oil gives a cooling effect and can give relief to muscular pains and aches.
Patchouli: An herb of the mint family, Patchouli is widely used as an ingredient in perfumes. It is also used in aromatherapy.
Peepal Tree: Also known as the Sacred Fig or the Bo tree, Peepal tree is considered holy in India. The bark, leaves, seeds and latex help in curing inflammations, skin diseases, constipation, gynecological and associated illness.
Saffron: With much religious and spiritual significance, saffron has been found to be an effective cure for as many ailments including heart diseases, cholesterol, stomach problems etc.
Shatavari: A creeper with needle-like leaves, Shatavari is found throughout India and the Himalayas. Its roots, when prepared into an Ayurvedic medicine can improve and rejuvenate the general.
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