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Amla (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian gooseberry, is nature′s gift to mankind. Amla is one of the prestigious herbs that are used widely in all Ayurvedic and Unani preparations. It is given the title as "sarvadosha hara"- remover of all diseases. The fruit can be used fresh or dried. The medicinal value remains the same.

Amla is a better source of Vitamin C than orange. Vitamin C decreases the severity of cold by acting as a natural antihistamine that boosts the immune system. Amla prevents ageing of organs and provides strength. It enhances food absorption. It also helps to balance stomach acids. It protects the liver and helps in detoxification of the body. Amla stabilizes blood cholesterol level and sugar level.

Gooseberry is a natural coolant. It has diuretic and laxative effect. It has anti bacterial and antiviral properties. Regular use of amla gives nourishment to hair reduces dandruff and delays graying. When used on skin, it brightens the skin, removes pimple marks, delays wrinkles and loosening of skin.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a medicinal herb used in many Ayurvedic preparations. It has been an important medicine for both Chinese and Indians. It is used as a spice in Asian, African and Middle Eastern cookery. The main ingredient present in turmeric is known as curcumin. This constituent is responsible for its pungent taste and color.

Turmeric powder has a potent anti inflammatory property without any side effects, unlike pharmaceutical products. In addition to it, it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It strengthens the bones and gives relief from arthritis, when taken along with milk regularly.

The main constituent, curcumin is found to prevent the onset of dementia and alzheimer diseases, seen in elderly people.

Turmeric powder has a natural antiseptic property, also helps to heal wound fast. It aids to patch up the damaged skin. The herb helps to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Researchers are still investigating on its anti cancerous property. Turmeric is found to prevent tumor growths.

Turmeric is a natural detoxifier. It protects the liver from the toxins that are responsible to damage liver cells. It soothes the stomach and aids in digestion. It also helps in fat metabolism.

Turmeric tones and gives a smooth texture to the skin. It reduces pigmentations and stretch marks after delivery.

Hibiscus shrub commonly called rose mallow flower, is an ornamental flower. These flowers are commonly used as herbal tea due to their health benefit properties.

Hibiscus tea helps to increase appetite, by acting as a mild laxative. Everyday consumption of this tea helps to lower high blood pressure and reduces cholesterol levels in the body, thereby decreasing the chances of heart aliments.

The flavonoids and anthocyanidins present in the flower have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.The polysaccharides have an immune stimulating property. It is a natural coolant to the body. It is found to be a rich source of vitamin C.

Hibiscus is used in many Ayurvedic hair oil formulations. The flower has a natural dying property which is used to color premature gray hairs. The leaves act as a natural conditioner to hair and help to reduce dandruff.

The oil from the flower is believed to be a natural contraceptive. It is used for abortion in some regions. It should be used with caution. The leaves help to regularize menstrual cycle.

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