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7 Best Medicinal Plants And Their Uses

These medicinal plants have been a part of our lives since our existence and used for various medicinal purposes since ancient times.

These medicinal plants have been our medical support since ancient time

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Advanced medicines and pills have become such an important part of people's lives that Ayurveda seems to have vanished from the picture completely. But Ayurveda contains some medicinal plants and herbs which can effectively treat and cure multiple health problems and can be great for your overall health. These plants have been a part of our lives since our existence and have been used for various medicinal purposes since ancient times. Medicinal plants and herbs like turmeric, ginger, basil leaves, mint and cinnamon are commonly used in Indian dishes and they offer several health benefits. Cold and flu, relieve stress, better digestion, strong immune system and the list is simply endless. 

In this renaissance of medicinal plants, let's take a look at the 7 best plants which can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

1. Aloe vera

In Ayurveda, aloe vera is known as the 'King of medicinal plants.' It holds water in its fleshy leaves which is why it can sustain in extremely dry conditions as well. So, growing aloe vera in your garden will not require you to take extra care of the plant every now and then. However, it surely can treat a wide variety of health problems. These include:

  • Constipation
  • Digestive distress
  • Acne
  • Poor body immunity

Medicinal Plants: Aloe vera is the king of medicinal plants
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2. Tulsi

The next in line is Tulsi or the Queen of medicinal plants. This plant holds immense significance in the Hindu religion. But it has so much more to itself than just religious significance. The strong aroma of Tulsi is good enough to keep bacterial growth at bay. It is known for its healing properties, and all it requires for growth is water. Here's a list of the uses and healing properties of Tulsi:

  • It gives you strength to fight stress
  • Promotes a longer life
  • Treats cough
  • Treats indigestion
  • Anti-cancer
  • Good for hair loss, heart diseases, diabetes, etc.

Medicinal Plants: Tulsi is the queen of medicinal plants
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3. Mint

This freshly fragrant medicinal plant serves a wide variety of purposes. From enhancing your mood to treating indigestion, mint can do it all. This plant requires a lot of water to grow. So you must sow its seeds and keep watering it. The best part about mint is its ability to repel pest and insects so your home will be a clean environment. Take a look at the uses of this medicinal plant:

  • Keeps the digestive system running
  • Boosts immunity
  • Enhances mood
  • Expels cough from the body
  • Benefits respiratory health
  • Keeps mosquitoes away

Medicinal Plants: Mint enhances mood

4. Fenugreek

Methi or fenugreek is a wonder amongst other medicinal plants, and all because of its properties. It is an evergreen plant and both the leaves and the seeds are useful. Take a look at the benefits of fenugreek:

  • Controls cholesterol levels
  • Curbs hair loss
  • Increases appetite
  • Boosts your excretory system
  • Purifies blood
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Beneficial for joint pains and diabetes

Medicinal Plants: Fenugreek regulated cholesterol
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5. Fennel

Fennel or saunf is a flavorful and aromatic plant which is useful for a wide variety of health problems. In India, people are accustomed to chewing fennel seeds after every meal. It can be grown easily in your garden and does not require much care. Take a look at the many benefits of fennel seeds:

  • Treats cough
  • Controls cholesterol
  • Improves eyesight
  • Cure acidity
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Improves breast milk supply in lactating women

Medicinal Plants: Fennel improves eyesight

6. Coriander

Coriander or dhania is an important ingredient of an Indian kitchen. Its leaves, seeds and powder of the seeds, everything is beneficial for your health. It adds a distinct flavor to your food and has a wide variety of medicinal properties. Here's how coriander keeps you healthy:

  • Prevents the food from spoiling
  • It is rich in antioxidants
  • Cures urine retention
  • Improves digestion
  • It regulates your menstrual cycles
  • Treats acne

Medicinal Plants: Coriander is rich in antioxidants

7. Ginger

You name the problem and ginger is the answer. It is the root solution for a wide variety of health problems. All you need to do is sow the ginger root in your garden and it a few days it will grow it in a few days. It does not require much care. It is an important ingredient of Indian food due to its distinct flavor, and of course, its benefits for your overall health. Here's how ginger benefits your overall health:

  • Treats indigestion
  • Eases headaches
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Treats cold, cough, flu and asthma
  • Relives menstrual pains and cramps

Medicinal Plants: Ginger is the root solution for most ailments​

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