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How are plants useful, some interesting facts

Updated on August 6, 2016


Coconut Palm - The Nature's SuperMarket

We all would have enjoyed the drink of a tender coconut. It not only quenches the thirst but is also good for health. But did you know that every part of the coconut palm is very useful in some or the other ways.

The Leaves of the coconut palms are used in decoration, weaving baskets, fruit trays, brooms, mock floral arrangements, matting for floors or Walls etc.

The Coconut itself is an integral part of cooking and its shells are used in carving out beautiful objects like Bangles, necklaces, spoons, cups, bowls and its husks are used in making ropes, scrubber to clean the floors, nets, matting and many such things. The smoke that comes out of a burning husk is known to be a natural mosquito repellent.

The flesh of the coconut is very good in providing relief from many diseased like diarrhea, dysentery, piles, ulcers. The milk of the coconut is used in cooking, body wash, body lotion, hair loss treatment and so on.

Coconut water helps in removing the intestinal worms and parasites, it not only boosts the immune system but also balances the body's PH, promotes liver function, prevents dehydration.

No wonder its known to be the Nature's SuperMarket!!

Betel Leaves

Medicinal Uses of Betel Leaves

Betel leaves are produced form the betel vine which are heart shaped leaves known for its immense medicinal properties.

Did you know that Betel leaves are used for many treatments? Yes, they are used for the treatment of stomach ailments, infections and is even used as a tonic. These leaves are also used to reduce the fat content in the body and also increases the rate of metabolism. Chewing betel leaves after having food is meant to help in digestion. It increases the secretion of digestive juice, relieves constipation and is also said to destroy the parasites within the intestine.

Though betel leaves has a stimulating effect, it also has some harmful effects. Hence, there are some precautions to be taken which would follow these below:-

  • Before using these leaves see whether these leaves are fresh, meaning its pure green and juicy and that which is not dry because those leaves that are old would have lost its medicinal properties.
  • These leaves should not be used every now and then or do not make a habit of chewing it daily because it can weaken the teeth and also can lead to oral cancer.


Ginger:one of the world's best medicines

Ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. Have you ever noticed the pungency in the ginger? Its because of the presence of the compounds: gingerol, shogaol and zingerone.

Ginger juice is used in treating nausea, morning sickness. It also helps in digestion and stimulates blood circulation of blood. Ginger helps in reducing high blood pressure and fever. The anti-inflammatory effects in ginger can help with Oesteoarthritis.

There is a substance called [6]-gingerol that helps in preventing cancer. The oil that is made from the ginger is sometimes applied to the skin in-order to relieve pain. In beverages and foods, ginger is used as a flavoring agent.

If you are suffering from cough, cold or even flu the have one tea spoon of Ginger juice to get a soothing effect. Research has shown that ginger can provide pain relief from migraine headaches. It also helps women in reducing the pain associated with dysmenorrhea(painful menstruation).

According to the modern research, it was found that ginger not only killed ovarian cancer cells but also prevented them from building up resistance to chemotherapy.


Clove - known for its antiseptic properties

I remember my grandma chewing a clove whenever she has a toothache as it relieves pain. Cloves are useful painkillers and are known for their anesthetic effect.

Cloves are the dried flower buds from the cloves tree(Syzygium aromaticum). Clove is a herb that is mainly used as a spice, but they have many medicinal uses also. Since cloves are known for its antiseptic properties, they are used in the treatment of skin problems.

Cloves are useful in controlling the blood sugar levels, increasing the immune system, protecting the liver against infections, preventing from bacterial infections and also in treating gum diseases.

Clove oil is used to treat Acne. Clove oil should not be used directly rather it must be diluted either with olive oil or water.


Garlic - an ideal herbal medicine

Garlic contains a compound called Allicin known for its medicinal properties. Each garlic is made up of cloves which contain oil that is antiseptic and antibiotic because of which it is used as an excellent remedy for cold, cough and all types of chest and ear infections.

The active components that are present in the garlic is good in reducing blood pressure. Garlic is the best natural medicine for improving the cholesterol levels which in-turn reduces heart disease. Using garlic daily in cooking can boost the immune system and also treats from any digestive disorders.

Garlic helps in improving the bone health and also the longevity of life.


Medicinal uses of TURMERIC

Turmeric, like ginger, is also a rhizome or an underground stem.

Right from the ancient period, turmeric is known for its medicinal properties and also for its beauty supplement. Turmeric helps in the treatment of any digestive and liver problems. Turmeric is said ti increase the antioxidant capacity of the body and is also helpful in reducing inflammation and in lowering the cholesterol levels. Turmeric is used in the treatment of skin problems and also researches have found that turmeric can even prevent cancer.

Turmeric is also used as a beauty aid since a long time. Add some turmeric powder to milk and make it a paste. Applying this paste is supposed to make your skin fairer and also if turmeric is applied on a regular basis then it gets rid of unwanted facial hair.


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