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The Great Outdoors : In Search Of Medicinal Plants

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Our home town, located in Cumbum Valley, Tamil Nadu, India, is surrounded by hills (Western Ghats) on all sides which host a variety of flora and fauna. The hills also contain lots of medicinal plants growing in abundance.

When our children wanted to go for an outing, I took the opportunity to take them to the hills and asked them to identify medicinal plants which they might come across in the wilderness. Our three children, one of my niece and myself undertook this trip to the hills, which was just a few kilometers away from our home.

With my assistance the children identified so many medicinal plants growing in the hills. I hope our little expedition will be helpful for those who are interested in medicinal plants.

I have given the medicinal properties of the plants as it appears on the websites I have referred to without any alteration.

 
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Step 1: Safety

Safety first...

The waterfalls you can see at the background is home for lots of wild animals including wild elephants. So, the children had to contain themselves and not to wander into deep jungle. Also we carried enough water, some snack food for the children and a first aid kit.

With my guidance, the children started exploring the surroundings for any plants which may contain medicinal value.
sursula1 month ago

what a great instructable! i love going to the outdoors and find edible or medicinal plants! i'm just a bid sad now that i won't be able to find most of the plants described here in germany! the black nightshade grows here as well, but the rest i'm not sure....

antoniraj (author)  sursula1 month ago
thank you.... In areas which experience severe cold, summer is the season to search for medicinal and edible plants.
Eh Lie Us!1 month ago

I don't know much about medicinal plants although the elders back home did use them almost exclusively. Thank you for posting this but I must comment on the main picture.

Stunning! Something about it is very captivating.

antoniraj (author)  Eh Lie Us!1 month ago
thank you very much for appreciation...
solinsky55 months ago

me like animal

lonewlkr5 months ago
its good to of you to share these facts.hope to see more.
antoniraj (author)  lonewlkr5 months ago
thank you...
TheCommander5 months ago

That's so cool, I wish I had that growing up

antoniraj (author)  TheCommander5 months ago
thank you....
rexit5 months ago

Absolutely wonderful presentation....Thank you for spending the time to create this and for sharing your work with us..........

antoniraj (author)  rexit5 months ago
thank you...
sanjay1176 months ago
Thanks Antoniraj. its a beautiful experience to treck in jungle. I also have similar experiences and wonder whether herbs are in demand in Tamil Nadu still? please comment
antoniraj (author)  sanjay1176 months ago
thank you...

Some herbs are still being used in Tamil Nadu.

The leaves of Green Amaranth, Black Nightshade, Thooduvalai (Solanum trilobatum) and fruits of Trellis-vine (Pergularia daemia) are used as green vegetables.

The paste made from leaves of Indian acalypha is used for scabies and skin ailments.

Most of all one herb which is most in demand is Phyllanthus amarus (Carry me seed plant), which is being used for treatment of Jaundice all over Tamil Nadu.
8bitMisfit6 months ago
awesome instructable. hope to see more.
antoniraj (author)  8bitMisfit6 months ago
thank you...
Ravikanth776 months ago
hi great work. Do you help us to identify if I plan with my kids. I want to give such exposure to my kids
antoniraj (author)  Ravikanth776 months ago
yes sure... you can plan any time
hputtagunta6 months ago
Great. Thank you for the local names. Great compilation.
antoniraj (author)  hputtagunta6 months ago
thank you
charlizero6 months ago
Love!
antoniraj (author)  charlizero6 months ago
thanks...
hputtagunta6 months ago
Great work. But in my opinion it would have been more useful if you have added the tamil names as well as the medicine recepies are having tamil/telugu names and not scientific names. ;)
antoniraj (author)  hputtagunta6 months ago
thank you... I will add the Tamil /Telugu and Sanskrit names also
antoniraj (author)  antoniraj6 months ago
Tamil and Sanskrit names added
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786Ayesha6 months ago
Very useful project.Thanks for sharing.I have travelled alot in India and love your country for the south indian food.Voted.All the best
antoniraj (author)  786Ayesha6 months ago
thank you...
gkanna6 months ago
Great info thanks
antoniraj (author)  gkanna6 months ago
thank you...
billbillt6 months ago
great... got my vote...
artworker6 months ago
Wow! You are blessed with natural reserves! Voted!
antoniraj (author)  artworker6 months ago
thank you artworker... its a kind of paradise here...
acuchetto6 months ago
Great job! The information is very useful and your images are terrific.
antoniraj (author)  acuchetto6 months ago
thank you...
HelmutHound7 months ago
Beautiful pictures! And i love the natural medicinal flora!
antoniraj (author)  HelmutHound7 months ago
thank you HelmutHound ...
faiza0077 months ago
wow..!!this place is so beautiful..!! is the cumbum valley same place where the chennai express was shot??
antoniraj (author)  faiza0077 months ago
thank you... some shots taken at Munnar in Kerala Devikulam Lake, Meesapulimala, Wagavara and Kannimala are very nearer to our place.. but we do not have train service here
Ohh..!!how much is the distance from chennai? I've been to chennai last year..!!I love south india...
antoniraj (author)  faiza0077 months ago
it is around 550 kilometers from Chennai