Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity, Crab's eye, rosary pea, precatory pea or bean, John Crow Bead, Indian licorice, Akar Saga, gidee gidee or jumbie bead is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves.The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in percussion instruments, and which are toxic due to the presence ofAbrin. The plant is native to India and grows in tropical and su..
Acacia concinna is a climbing shrub native to Asia, common in the warm plains of central and south asia. The tree is food for the larve of the butterfly Pantoporia hordonia. Alkaloids are found in the tree's fruit.
Acacia concinna has been used traditionally for the care of hairs in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times. It is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plant. The fruit is known in India as shikakai "fruit for hair" in its use as a traditional shampoo. In order ..
Aegle marmelos, a tree native to India also known as Bengal quince or stone apple, is a large tree, sacred by Hindus, known to produce one of the most commonly used fruits in Ayurvedic treatments as well as other traditional systems of medicine, the bael fruit. The bael fruit, that can be eaten either fresh or dried, has a smooth shell and tastes to marmelade, smelling of roses.
Bael pulp can be made into different refreshing drinks, after being sweetened. Some are known by their local name as ..
The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 8 to 18 m in height, with a crooked trunk and spreading branches. The branchlets are glabrous or finely pubescent, 10–20 cm long, usually the leaves are simple, subsessile and closely set along branchlets, light green, resembling pinnate leaves. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows.
Citrus, NimbooThe lemon is a small tree native to Asia. The tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in baking and cooking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sou rtaste.The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade.UsesThe juice of the lemon..
Datura is also known as the trumpet flower because of its trumpet-shaped white flowers. With its blue-green foliage reaching 18 to 24 inches high.
Blooms from summer through fall this plant is real beauty in the garden. The flowers can get up to 15 inches long and have a curious trait of opening in the late afternoon and closing up in bright light. Although considered a hardy perennial tolerating drought conditions and various types of soils, this plant is often grown as an ann..
Eucalyptus - Neelgiri
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, and a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. One species, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges as far north as the Philippines. Only fifteen species occu..
Kadi patta, Curry Leaf Seeds
It is a small tree, growing 4–6 m (13–20 feet) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) diameter. The leaves are pinnate, with 11-21 leaflets, each leaflet 2–4 cm (0.79–1.57 in) long and 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) broad. They are highly aromatic.The flowers are small, white, and fragrant. The small black shiny berries are edible.
The leaves are highly valued as seasoning in southern and west-coast Indian cooking, and Sri Lank..
Alfalfa Medicago sativa, also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. The Spanish-Arabic (according to wiktionary and the DRAE) name alfalfa is widely used, particularly in North America and Australia. But in the UK,South Africa and New Zealand, the more commonly used name is lucerne. It superficially resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fr..
Mucuna Pruriens, Velvet Beans The plant is an annual, climbing shrub with long vines that can reach over 15 m in length. When the plant is young, it is almost completely covered with fuzzy hairs, but when older, it is almost completely free of hairs. The leaves are tripinnate, ovate, reverse ovate, rhombus-shaped or widely ovate. The sides of the leaves are often heavily grooved and the tips are pointy. In young M.pruriens plants, both sides of the leaves have hairs. The stems of the leaflets ar..
Ashwagandha - Withania Somnifera
Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Several other species in the genus Withania are morphologically similar. It is used as an herb in Ayurvedic medicine.
This species is a short annual shrub growing 35 to 75 centimeters tall. Tomentose branches extend radially from a central stem. The flowers are small and green. The ripe fruit is orange-red.
Rama Tulsi: In Hindu mythology, Tulsi ("matchless") is known as Vaishnavi ("belonging to Vishnu"), Vishnu Vallabha ("beloved of Vishnu"), Haripriya ("beloved of Vishnu"), Vishnu Tulsi. The Tulsi with green leaves is called Shri-Tulsi ("fortunate Tulsi"); also Shri is a synonym for Lakshmi, the principal consort of Vishnu. This variety is also known as Rama-Tulsi ("bright Tulsi"); Rama is also one of the principal avatars of Vishnu...
Shyama Tulsi (Krishna Tulsi) Seeds
The Tulsi with dark green or purple leaves and purple stem is called Shyama-Tulsi ("dark Tulsi") or Krishna-Tulsi.
Indian Name: Tulsi (also tulasī) Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum Family: Lamiaceae Parts Use: Leaves, Seed, Whole body
Description Tulsi is native to India, where it often graces shrines and homes as an aromatic perennial shrub. Tulsi is grown as an annual herb in temperate climates. The tulsi plant is pl..
Butea MonospermaButea (Palash) is native to India and is found throughout the country. Palaash tree is also known as 'flame of the forest' because of its red colour flowers. It is a medicinal tree and its different parts are used to cure various clinical disorders. Palash is considered anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, antidiabetic, diuretic, analgesic, antitumor and astringent. Its leaves are astringent, diuretic and antiovulatory properties. Its flowers are tonic and ..
If growing your own calorie-free, natural sweetener sounds too good to be true, it’s time to get to know stevia. Native to Paraguay and other tropical areas of the Americas, the stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana) produces leaves packed with super-sweet compounds that remain stable even after the leaves have been dried. Stevia leaves have been used to sweeten teas and beverages throughout South America for centuries. More recently, diabetics and dieters alike have turned to..