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» Herbs By plant parts » Peel/hull
Hull is outer hard protective layer found in many seeds and grains. While,
the peel is the protective layer formed on the surface of fruits and
vegetables. The Peel/Hull find variety of application in confectioneries and
Common Name: Buckwheat
Uses: The hull of the Buckwheat seeds are astringent, acrid, bitter,
cardiotonic, hypotensive, galactogogue, prophylactic and vasodilator. It is
a very good source of rutin and are useful in treatment of circulatory
Common Name: Bigarade Orange, Bitter Orange,
Seville Orange (sweet), Portugal Orange, Citrus Dulcis.
Uses: The peel of the Bitter Orange is a rich source of vitamin C.
It is antiseptic, anti-oxidant, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent and
stimulant. Bitter orange oil", obtained from the peel is used for
flavoring candy, ice cream, baked goods, gelatins and puddings, chewing gum,
soft drinks, liqueurs and pharmaceutical products.
Common Name: Psyllium Husk, Psyllium Seeds,
Plantago, Ispaghula, Fleam, Spogel Seeds, Isabgol
Uses: The husk of the seed is diuretic, emollient and cooling. Used
in inflammatory conditions of mucous membrane of gastro intestinal and
Common Name: Ritha, Soapnut
Uses: The outer shell of the ritha are extensively used in cleansing
lotion, protein shampoo, and conditioner. Helpful in removing stains from
hands, may soothe the eczema, psoriasis, itchy and sensitive skin.
Common Name: Beleric, Belliric Myrobalan,
Uses: The hull of the seeds is used in dropsy, piles and diarrhoea.
It is also useful in leprosy, fever and hair care.
Root is the organ of the plant that typically lies underneath the surface
of the soil. It absorbs nutrients - food, mineral and water from the soil
and provide support by anchoring the plant. Roots consist of root hairs and
A rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found
underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. This
provides the plant capability to propagate vegetatively (asexually) and
survive in unfavorable conditions and season.
Acacia Catechu :
Common Name: Cutch Tree, Catechu, Black Cutch
Uses: The roots of Acacia Catechu is intensely bitter and is used in
combination with long pepper for pain in bowels, diarrhea and vomiting.
Common Name: Aconites, Indian Atees.
Uses: The dried root of the plant is analgesic, anti-inflammatory,
antipyretic, antiperiodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cholagogue, febrifuge
and tonic. It is widely used in the treatment of liver disorders, diarrhoea,
indigestion, nausea, dyspepsia, vomiting, anorexia, throat pain, piles and
Common Name: Galanga Root, Greater Galanga,
Siamese Ginger, Siamese Galanga, Java Galangal, El Galangal, El Adkham,hang
Dou Kou, Laos, Galgant, Naukyo, Lenkuas, Galanga Maior, Grosser Galgant, Da
Liang Jiang, Gran.
Uses: The rhizome of the plant is an effective remedy for
rheumatism, bronchial catarrh, bad breath and ulcers, whooping colds in
children, throat infections. It is also useful in controlling incontinence
Common Name: Withania, Winter Cherry, Indian
Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng,
Uses: The dried Ashwagandha root has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor,
anti-stress, and antioxidant, mind boosting, immune-enhancing and
rejuvenating properties. It has also been noted to have sex-enhancing
Common Name: Asparagus, Wild Asparagus,
Asparagus Root, Satavari
Uses: The roots of the plants are bitter, sweet, emollient, cooling,
nervine, tonic, constipating, opthalimic, anobyne, aphrodisiac. They are
useful in the treatment of various conditions including
nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumours, scalding of urine, throat
infections, tuberculosis, cough bronchitis and general debility. The dried
roots may be used externally to treat stiffness in the joints. While, the
rhizome is a soothing tonic that acts mainly on the circulatory, digestive
and respiratory system.