Herb garden in the making

Plant- Davana

Scientific Name – Artemisia Pallens

Uses –

  • Davana oil is used in making perfumes of sweet and fruity fragrances.
  • When applied on the skin, Davana is said to smell differently on different persons. This peculiar property is highly valued in high class perfumery to create fragrances with truly individual notes. The leaves and stalks are used in making bouquets, garlands, fresh or dry flower arrangements. Source : Wikipedia

Plant Name –  Stevia

Scientific Name – Stevia Rebaudiana

Uses- Stevia is a sweet herb and is fast becoming a major source of bio-sweetener replacing chemical sweeteners like Aspartame, Saccharine and Splenda and even table sugar. Dry Stevia leaf is up to 30 times sweeter than sugar.

Plant Name – Pachouli

Scientific Name – Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth

Uses – The oil is used to make perfumes. It has no synthetic or chemical substitutes and cannot be reproduced in labs, therefore, the oil from the leaves are highly valued.

Plant Name – African Coriander

Scientific Name – Coriandrum sativum

Uses – Part of the coriander family, the African Coriander emits the same flavorful smell as the Indian Dhania. In this case, just one leaf will suffice for an entire recipe. The fragrance is robust and strong. Used just the way we use cilantro in recipes.

Plant Name – Mandukaparni ( Indian Pennywort)

Scientific Name: Centella asiatica

Uses: Helps improve mental alertness and general ability. Studies have shown it improves blood circulation to the brain and also helps as an adaptogen. It calms the nerves and helps alleviate anxiety.

Plant Name- Sage

Scientific Name – Salvia officinalis

Uses- Aromatic, cosmetic, culinary, decorative, and medicinal.Sage is used for insect repellent and for fragrance in potpourris. It stimulates the skin in facial steams, baths, and lotions. It flavors vinegars, herbal butter, omelets, soups, and poultry stuffings.

We traveled to several places to sources these plants. There were online stores selling these plants for a pretty penny, but we weren’t going to pinch our pockets to raise a few of these beauties. So we traveled around Bangalore from east to west and north to south. I will list the place names and contact info. shortly for people who want to buy these herbs and medicinal plants. They cost between Rs. 3 – Rs. 15 depending on size of plant and place of purchase.

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7 thoughts on “Herb garden in the making

  1. Hi,
    Came via Google.

    Lovely blog with so much information. Interesting too.

    I would like to ask whether I missed the post regarding availability of these herbs in Bangalore?

    • Thanks, gardenerat60 for stopping by and for your kind words. I will post soon about where to find these herbs without it costing a pretty penny 🙂 I’ll give you some names here, so you can venture into discovering the endless array in organic gardening.
      1. Association of People with Disability (APD)is a place i recommend highly because of the vast collection of herbs, veggies, ornamental and medicinal plants that they have. They are mostly reasonably priced. Herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme etc. cost around Rs. 25. They have two branches: Jeevanbhimanagar and Off Hennur Road. You can also Google them. They help people with disabilities find employment here, so you will be helping them buying from them.
      2. Dept of Horticulture, Hulimavu: Has again a varied selection of fruit, herbal and medicinal plants. They can cost anywhere from Rs.3 – Rs. 300 based on what you plan to buy. They also have an amazing suppota farm where they sell suppottas. They sell them only after 3 in the afternoon.
      3. GKVK Campus, Hebbal: Part of the UAS campus, this place again has some very special plants. Hope these help. I’ll post soon on more places.

      • Thank you very much for the quick reply.
        It will cot me to come to Bangalore, but it will be with pleasure.
        I had been to Hulimavu, on a rainy day, and enjoyed buying those seeds. they are still coming up , on my terrrace.
        I will surely visit all those places, on my next visit.
        My Grand child is there, a huge attraction!:-)

  2. Stevia is a shrub native to Paraguay and Brazil and has been used by the native Guarani Indians for over 1500 years. The Guarani’s used stevia as a natural herbal sweetener to sweeten their bitter drinks such as mate and for medicinal use to treat diabetes and hypertension. It nourishes the pancreas but does not raise normal blood glucose levels, making it safe for diabetics and hypergylcemics. Stevia lowers high blood pressure but does not affect normal blood pressure.;

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