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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.
solinsky51 month ago

me like animal

lonewlkr2 months ago
its good to of you to share these facts.hope to see more.
antoniraj (author)  lonewlkr2 months ago
thank you...
TheCommander2 months ago

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

antoniraj (author)  TheCommander2 months ago
thank you....
rexit2 months ago

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

antoniraj (author)  rexit2 months ago
thank you...
sanjay1172 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)  sanjay1172 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.
8bitMisfit3 months ago
awesome instructable. hope to see more.
antoniraj (author)  8bitMisfit3 months ago
thank you...
Ravikanth773 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)  Ravikanth773 months ago
yes sure... you can plan any time
hputtagunta3 months ago
Great. Thank you for the local names. Great compilation.
antoniraj (author)  hputtagunta3 months ago
thank you
charlizero3 months ago
Love!
antoniraj (author)  charlizero3 months ago
thanks...
hputtagunta3 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)  hputtagunta3 months ago
thank you... I will add the Tamil /Telugu and Sanskrit names also
antoniraj (author)  antoniraj3 months ago
Tamil and Sanskrit names added
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786Ayesha3 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)  786Ayesha3 months ago
thank you...
gkanna3 months ago
Great info thanks
antoniraj (author)  gkanna3 months ago
thank you...
billbillt3 months ago
great... got my vote...
artworker3 months ago
Wow! You are blessed with natural reserves! Voted!
antoniraj (author)  artworker3 months ago
thank you artworker... its a kind of paradise here...
acuchetto3 months ago
Great job! The information is very useful and your images are terrific.
antoniraj (author)  acuchetto3 months ago
thank you...
HelmutHound3 months ago
Beautiful pictures! And i love the natural medicinal flora!
antoniraj (author)  HelmutHound3 months ago
thank you HelmutHound ...
faiza0073 months ago
wow..!!this place is so beautiful..!! is the cumbum valley same place where the chennai express was shot??
antoniraj (author)  faiza0073 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)  faiza0073 months ago
it is around 550 kilometers from Chennai
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