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Centella asiatica medicinal uses and pictures

Centella asiatica medicinal uses and pictures (gotu kola) Centella asiatica also known as gotu kola and Mandukparni is an ancient Indian herb. The leaves of the plant resemble the shape of a frog, and that’s why the name. The stems are slender and reddish green in colour. The leaves are in shape of a fan with long stalks. The root is a rhizome and grown in vertically downward direction. The root is of a cream colour and covered with hair. The flowers grow in rounded bunches and are pinkish-red in...

Acai Palm tree medicinal uses and photos

Acai Palm tree medicinal uses and photos The Acai palm is found in abundance in northern South America and Central America.  This lean palm grows on its own in the damp shady areas of the rainforest and on an average reaches a height of 50-100 feet. It’s a palm with many stems, and a full grown tree has about 6-10 stems that unite in a single root system. The Acai Palm tree is famous for its nutritious berries, and it appears as a beautiful feather-like a crown of green colour....

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Medicinal plant benefits and pictures

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Medicinal plant benefits and pictures Alfalfa plant (Medicago sativa) is a perennial plant belonging to the pea family and is grown as a rummage crop in several countries around the globe. It is identified by a cluster of small purple flowers accompanied by fruits rolled in 2-3 turns having 15-20 seeds. It is cultivated in warmer temperate climates. The lifespan of Alfalfa ranges between four to eight years but can even live up to twenty years depending on the climatic conditions. The plant attains a height of...

Stairway to heaven (jacob’s ladder) plant medicinal uses and images

Stairway to heaven (jacob’s ladder) plant medicinal uses and images Stairway to heaven also known as Abscess root or jacob’s ladder is believed to be an extremely helpful herbal medicine and is utilized for curing various diseases. The roots of the plant are dried and used as medicine; the taste is a little sour and pungent. The plant features blue flowers arranged in dense bunches. The ground root of the plant is utilized in making tea, which is proven to be helpful in curing various problems. The plant multiplies rapidly...

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) medicinal uses and images

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) medicinal uses and images Black cohosh is also known as black bugbane, black snakeroot, and fairy candle. It is a flowering plant that grows in woodland habitats. Its roots and rhizomes have been used medicinally from ancient times. It is a perennial plant that has large leaves growing from an underground rhizome up to 2 metres long. The plant grows anywhere between 4-6 feet high. The plant is herbaceous and belongs to the buttercup family. Flowers bloom early in spring and are white in colour. They do not have...

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) medicinal uses and pictures

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) medicinal uses and pictures Bilberry is a small shrub that bears edible blue coloured fruit commonly known as bilberries. The berries are often confused with American blueberries due to their appearance. The fruits can be eaten fresh and used in making jam, juice, pies and crepes. They are used as flavours for many desserts. The healthy bilberries grow in the wild, and the berries must be handpicked. They are thought as super berries, in the Northern Europe. The perennial dwarf shrubs are rhizomatous. The shrub grows only...

Belladonna (Deadly nightshade / Atropa belladonna) medicinal uses & images

Belladonna (Deadly nightshade / Atropa belladonna) medicinal uses & images Belladonna plant also known as Deadly nightshade, is a perennial, herbaceous plant. It is a rhizomatous hemicryptophyte. It belongs to the family of tomatoes. The plant is very toxic as it contains poisonous elements called as tropane alkaloids. The toxins such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine present in the plant can cause delirium and hallucinations. Thus, they are used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. Belladonna grows up to 2 metres high and has ovate leaves of 18 centimetres long. The flowers are light purple with green hints. The berries are...

Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) plant images & Medicinal uses

Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) plant images & Medicinal uses Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) is a shrub that is commonly known as European barberry. It belongs to the genus barberries. The plant gives edible berries, which are very acidic in nature. The berries are eaten in several countries as a fruit or the form of a tart. The shrub is mainly cultivated for its fruits all over the world. The shrub grows up to 4 m high. It consists of small oval leaves borne in clusters. Yellow flowers and red berries are the...

Holarrhena antidysenterica medicinal benefits and images

Plant Holarrhena antidysenterica medicinal benefits Holarrhena antidysenterica plant grows as a deciduous shrub up to 3ms high. The leaves are opposite, ovate and 10-cm long. The stem has several branches. The flowers are corymb-like cymes. The flowers have five white petals and grow up to 2-3cm high. The fruits are cylindrical and paired and the seeds are light brown. It is a medicinal plant in Ayurveda. The botanical name of the plant itself explains the main medicinal property of plant that is explained in Veda for the treatment of diarrhea....