We all have heard about it. Perhaps you have used it to garnish your dishes or to enhance your well-being. For years it has been in use because of the unique qualities and is revered across the globe. We are talking about Ayurvedic herbs.
The world of Ayurveda is a vast collection of herbs, which are a treasure trove of extraordinary healing powers. The more you discover about the Ayurvedic herbs, the more you get fascinated by its miraculous powers.
● Ayurvedic herbs are safe to use
● Have a major role in balancing the imbalanced doshas
● Possesses infinite potency
● Work wonders in healing
These are some of the facts in general about the herbs. Now, we will explore the interesting facts about specific Ayurvedic herbs and their usage.
1. Thyme: The Greek word Thymus, meaning courage is the parent word for Thyme. The Romans believed that the herb Thyme has strengthening properties due to which it provides protection against poison upon its consumption. It is also believed that Romans burned bundles of thyme to evoke the spirit of courage in the heart of soldier’s.
● Thyme has a mint flavor. Therefore, it is used for seasoning and stuffing.
● The fresh green color of the herb adds brightness to the platter.
2. Rosemary: Since the time of Shakespeare, Rosemary has been associated with remembrance. Hence, it is the herb for memory. Though, it is used for medicinal purposes. It was said that washing the face with rosemary is the natural way to retain youthfulness. Therefore, rosemary oil is highly used for beauty treatments. Scholars used to wear rosemary tiaras on their heads for improving memory and mental capabilities while studying.
3. Sage: Sage was considered as the holy grail of medicinal herbs. Its name comes from Latin salvare, meaning to ‘save’. Therefore, this herb was one of the main ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar– an herbal elixir prepared to protect European citizens against plaque.
● It cures digestive problems, including loss of appetite, bloating, stomach pain, etc.
● It treats depression and Alzheimer.
● In food, it is used as a spice.
4. Mint: For millennia, mint has been seen as an herb of hospitality. During ancient times in Greece, the mint was rubbed on tables to welcome guests, while in the Middle East it is still offered to visitors in the form of tea upon their arrival. In India, the scattering of mint leaves in a cupboard is a natural solution for ants. Due to its cooling and delicious flavor, it finds application in the making of:
● Flavored chocolates
● Refreshing drinks
● Juicy vegetable salads
● Hot soups
5. Basil: Known as the king of herbs because of its resemblance to Greek word Basileus, meaning king. In Indian traditions, basil is used to ward off evils. Middle East people believed basil caused scorpions to appear spontaneously while Greeks and Romans were under the impression that basil would grow only if you shouted and cursed loudly while you sow the seeds. Planting a pot of basil in kitchen will keep the flies and mosquitos away because they are repelled by its aroma.
● Use fresh basil for bronchitis
● Basil can be used to treat several physical and mental problems.
● Dried basil can be easily added to any dish
6. Oregano: It is a popular Italian herb used for garnishing mouthwatering delicacies. In Greek, it means ‘joy of the mountains.’ Ancient Greeks used to make laurels for bride and groom with oregano to ensure happiness in marriage because the herb is steeped in love. Some believed that oregano has powers that ease the process of letting go.
● Well-known as a flavoring agent.
● Can help to treat diabetes and osteoporosis
● Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
7. Turmeric: Turmeric is the golden herb of India, which is widely used as a spice in Indian households. Turmeric finds application in holy and wedding rituals. It is used to make red cosmetic powder, Kunkuma. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric having many therapeutic benefits. Sangli is the most important trading center in Asia and the world.
● Turmeric is used to prepare curries
● It cures stomach problems and other ailments
● Turmeric paste is an ancient beautifying product.
8. Cinnamon: The herb cinnamon comes from the bark of a cinnamon tree, which can grow up to 60 feet. The other name of the cinnamon stick is quills. The two popular types of cinnamon in use are Ceylon and Cassia. The high fiber and calcium content help in improving colon health.
● Cinnamon treats diabetes, loss of appetite and other health problems
● Cinnamon oil cures fungal infection
From past to present, these herbs have been in use. Incorporate them in your daily life for benefits.