Indian Medicinal Plants for your Kitchen Garden

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Mother Nature’s panchmahabhoota in infinite forms provide a panacea for life. There are many plants that can be grown at home which have tremendous benefits apart from being pure and organic. Renowned Ayurveda Acharyas and yogis have iterated the importance of natural ingredients that help us stay healthy and boost our immunity.

Do you know most of these herbs are found in our kitchens and can be grown in our kitchen gardens too without much hassle?

We gathered the thoughts of India’s adept Ayurveda Doctors about the benefits of few herbs which is the treasure for health. Let’s find out what elite and renowned Ayurvedic doctors suggest for homegrown plants.


Dr Jitendra Uniyal 

A recipient of Ayurved Ratna GAMS with numerous medical degrees to his credit, MBBS (Bio –Chem), M.D. (E. Medicine) and (Acupuncture. China), Ph.D. from Colombo. He did his Doctorate in Acupuncture from China. He is also the Director of Foreign Affairs & Public Relations at International Council of Ayurvedic Physicians Inc. (ICAP)

Dr Jitendra considers the following herbs are bountiful of benefits and are apt for growing at home.

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Holy Basil (Tulsi): Though it is a revered plant in Hinduism from time immemorial it has amazing health benefits:

  • It reduces stress
  • It has strong antibacterial properties so it detoxifies the body and prevents infections and especially beneficial in changing seasons
  • It is a rich source of antioxidants thus it safeguards cell damage.
  • It prevents some harmful effects of aging
  • Holy basil is quite helpful in reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Strengthens bones and liver
  • It boosts immunity and strengthens metabolism
  •  It Improves digestion

Garden Marigold:

  • Its emollient effect soothes skin and treats skin diseases
  •  It reduces inflammation
  • It is loaded with strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties
  • It helps in treating ear pain and infection
  • It also strengthens the eyes

Fenugreek: Fenugreek is one of the common ingredients in spices and its leaves are savored in different types of Indian dishes. It comes with several health benefits too.

  • It inhibits cancer of the liver
  • It is helpful in lowering blood cholesterol and sugar levels
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties help in treating inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
  • Fenugreek helps to drain off sweat ducts
  • Fenugreek seeds improve muscle strength and is thus good for bodybuilding
  • It is useful in late-onset diabetes in patients with prediabetes 
  • It helps in treating poor digestion
  • It is helpful for lactating mothers
  • It helps in easing painful menstruation and labor pains
  • It freshens the breath
  • It also helps in restoring a dull sense of taste
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Dr. Rajat Sharma

Renowned doctor Rajat Sharma, a consultant and doctor at Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital and Ayurvedic Center for Chronic Diseases is an expert in treating chronic health diseases and believes in holistic diagnosis as well as treatment of a patient.

Dr. Rajat acquired wisdom in Naturopathy, Nutrition, yoga therapy, Panchkarma, and medical astrology from Dabur Dhanwantry Hospital and specialized in Panchkarma from the National Academy of Ayurveda. 

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Guduchi: Amritavali, Guduchi has several beneficial properties and thus holds a prominent place in the rasayanas. Also known as Amrit giving plant.

  • Guduchi enhances memory, boosts immunity and vitality
  • It is rich in antioxidants and detoxifies the body and heals skin problems
  • It detoxifies the liver and ensures its proper functioning
  • Guduchi is helpful in digestive problems like acidity, stomach pain, and infection 
  • It reduces anxiety and stress and improves cognitive functions
  • It is also believed to provide relief in respiratory problems like chronic cough, asthma, and bronchitis.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
  • It is useful in fever conditions
  • It is also good for eyesight.

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera plant has gained quite prominence among the natural herbs as it is loaded with amazing benefits

  • It keeps the digestive tract healthy and provides relief in digestive system problems by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria that cause infection. 
  • Aloe vera is good for oral health and helps in preventing dental problems like gingivitis.
  • Aloe vera promotes skin and hair health. Aloe vera has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent skin problems, infections and heal burns.
  • It is also helpful in healing the condition of fissures and relieves constipation.
  • Aloe vera is believed to provide relief in skin issues owing to radiation therapy in females
  • Aloe vera helps in reducing depression and enhancing memory.
  • Aloe vera also helps in lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

Lemon Grass:  Lemongrass is another useful herb that can be grown in our homes:

  • Lemongrass is rich in anti-oxidants
  • It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing painful conditions of joints and rheumatism
  • It helps to improve digestion and metabolism 
  • Lemongrass regulates high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol
  • It also provides relief in digestive tract spasms, stomachache
  • Lemongrass is also helpful in healing fever, vomiting cough, and cold
  • It also relieves menstrual pain
  • Lemongrass oil is also used in aromatherapy

Ajwain: Ajwain is yet another spice commonly found in the kitchen. Apart from making the food palatable, it has tremendous health benefits:

  • It provides relief from gastric problems, flatulence, and indigestion
  • It helps in reducing inflammatory conditions of arthritis
  • Ajwain helps in reducing weight, lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar
  • It regulates blood pressure
  • Ajwain treats cough and cold and other respiratory conditions. It also improves lung health.
  • It also provides relief from migraines and relieves ear pain and toothache.
  • Ajwain’s antifungal and germicidal properties help in curing wounds and infections
  • It promotes oral health and fights dental problems
  • Ajwain helps in treating menstruation problems.
  • Ajwain water is helpful in reducing gastric problems in expecting mothers and babies.
  • Ajwain is also known to prevent kidney stone
  • Ajwain is also helpful in preventing the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria that cause food poisoning
  • It is also used as a cleanser for eyes and skin.

Dr.Usha Vaishnava

Dr Usha is BAMS from Ayurveda University of India and an expert in Ayurveda and herbal medicine. With a specialization in Panchkarma Therapy from Arya Vaidya Shala, Kottakkal, Kerala, Dr. Usha enlightens people with seminars and lectures in Panchkarma clinics and ashrams. She is a member of the Ayurveda Doctor’s Association of Rishikesh. For several years she is engaged in teaching, training, and Ayurveda treatment. She attends to people from all across the globe at her clinic Ayurveda Nirvana in Rishikesh. Let’s find out her pick for plants to be grown at home:
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Pudina - Mint
  • It helps in treating  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • It relieves Indigestion and improves brain function
  • It decreases breastfeeding pain, 
  • It improves cold symptoms.
  •  It is helpful in vomiting & nausea and masking bad
  • breath.

Sweet Neem- Curry plant

  • Good for weight loss
  • It is helpful in treating dysentery, constipation, and diarrhea 
  • It relieves morning sickness and nausea and eliminates bacteria
  • It is good for diabetics
  • It is also good for eyesight
  • It reduces stress, heals wounds, burns, and skin eruptions
  • It promotes hair growth

Dhaniya-Coriander: 

  • Coriander is used for digestion problems including upset stomach, loss of appetite, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, and intestinal gas. 
  • It is also used to treat measles, hemorrhoids, toothaches, worms, and joint pain
  • It is used in treating infections caused by bacteria and fungus.

Durva or Doob-Bermuda grass: Doob is used as a folk remedy for 

Anasarca, Calculus, Cancer, Carbuncles, Convulsions, Cough, Cramps, Cystitis, Diarrhea, Dropsy, Dysentery, Epilepsy, Hemorrhoids, Leucoderma, Headache, Hemorrhage, Hypertension, Hysteria, Bronchitis, Asthma, Tumors, Measles 
Rubella, Snakebite, Sores, Stones, Tumors, Urogenital, Epitasis ( nasal bleeding)

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