Health tips: Best medicinal herbs for longer life

Have you ever given a thought about how people in olden days used to cure themselves with simple medicinal plants? India was once a pioneer in promoting research on traditional therapy and medication from plants, the branch of science which is renowned all over the world as ‘Ayurveda’.

What is most interesting part is that unlike the present allopathic medication, most of these medicinal extracts are completely safe and have no side effects whatsoever when used judiciously.

The immense contribution of these plants in making our lives better is unfathomable. Here are some of the noted medicinal plants that can make your life healthy and long lasting.


Loved by all for its magnificent flowers, Hibiscus is a good anti-diabetic. Its leaves are extensively used as a natural remedy for hair care issues. Interestingly, it quite easily grows in your garden if you can ensure that you give some organic manure like cow dung.


It is a top medicinal plant broadly used to enhance memory and learning. This apart, it is also used to treat worm infestation in children and some skin-related disorders.


The most essential ingredients of almost all recipes, Coriander, finds a special mention in Ayurveda due to its properties for treatment of Gastric-related problems.

Curry leaves

Used as another important quintessential ingredient for curry recipes, its medicinal properties might not be known to many. Curry leaves have the tremendous potential to treat diabetes and many skin-related diseases.


One of the most prolific medicinal plants, benefits of Ashwagandhaare many.  Apart from curing infertility, it can help cure wounds, boost immune system, act as an anti-epileptic, hert tonic, eye care, blood-sugar regulator, anti-depressant, stress booster.

Lemon grass

With immunerable health benefits, Lemon grass has very good property to cure high fever and sore throats. From abdominal pain to muscle cramps, digestive tract infections to stomach ache, Lemon grass is also beneficial for combating stress.


Its juice possesses excellent medicinal properties and is used to treat a variety of disorders like diabetes, blood pressure. Once used as a natural tooth brush by our ancestors, its juice can be used as a mouthwash to prevent gum-related disorders, skin problems.


Ocimum Sanctum Linn is the most famous plant worshipped for its medicinal properties since time immemorial. Used to treatlung infection, ringworm and gastric disorders and anti-malarial, the medicinal benefits of this plant are many.


Found throughout India, this medium-sized tree has immense contribution to medical sector. It yields a pale-yellow characteristic fruit which is widely used for various medicinal purposes like curing digestive problems. With anti-pyretic properties, it is also an effective medicine for haemorrhages, flatulence, hair and skin disorders.


Colloquially called ‘Haldi’, it is another most important and ever present kitchen spice. Powder derived from the boiled and dried roots of the plant are extensively used as a colouring spice for almost all kinds of curries. In raw form, it is used for curing cough and cold, skin problems, digestive problems.


Possessing a strong aroma, peppermint is among the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal products. It not only acts as an effective medicine for bowel syndrome, but also its oil and leaves have a cooling effect when used topically for muscle pain, nerve pain, relief from itching, or as a fragrance.


Seeds of this plant have varieties of medicinal purposes like encouraging weight gain, lowering of blood sugar and cholesterol. It also helps in correcting poor digestion, painful menstruation, labour pains, inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines.

Aloe Vera

A short-stemmed shrub, this plant is sometimes called, “wonder plant” for its varieties of usages in food flavouring, cosmetics, food supplements and herbals. From constipation, to alleviating gum and teeth problems, cure for wounds and burns, this plant has innumerable medicinal uses.

Disclaimer: This piece of article is just for informative purpose. A lot of these medicinal products are used in our day-to-day lifestyle. But as far as usage of these for medication purposes is concerned, people are advised to consult a doctor/ ayurveda specialist before going for any of these.