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Our Khadi Glossary

Aloe Vera has been used externally to treat various skin conditions for centuries.

For cosmetic purposes dried and fresh fruits of the plant are used. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. Amla fruit is sour and astringent in primary taste,with sweet, bitter and pungent secondary tastes, and is cooling in action. It is light and dry. Amla is one of the purest forms of natural vitamin C.

Brahmi is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hair loss and skin problems. It commonly grows in marshy areas throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Bhringraj is an ancient ayurvedic remedy for hair loss, premature graying, skin allergies, and dull skin and hair.It is one of the prominent herbs used as an ayurvedic medicine for treatment of Hair loss and premature greying. It is mainly used as an ayurvedic tonic for hair care. It is a small annual plant found in wet land throughout India. All the parts of the plant are used for medicinal preparations. It grows as a common weed throughout India, ascending up to 6,000 ft. on the hills.

Haritaki is said to have strong antibacterial properties and is revitalizing, toning, nourishing and astringent when used in skin and hair care formulations. Haritaki is a valuable plant which is very extensively used in the preparation of many ayurvedic medicinesGrows throughout India. The fruit is a drupe about the size of a large plum.

Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 15-20 meters. It is native to Bangladesh, India and Myanmar growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. It is used to treat skin disorders. In India, the tree is variously known as "Divine Tree", "Nature's Drugstore" or "Village Pharmacy". All parts of the tree are used for preparing many different medical preparation.

Reetha, the Soapnut tree, is a tree commonly occurring in all parts of India particularly in South India. It occurs naturally. Many Indians also plant this tree in their home gardens. Reetha (Sapindus trifoliatus syn. S. emarginatus) is a tree up to 12 meters high. The uses of Reetha as detergent and as natural soap are well known for centuries.

Tulsi has been known for thousands of years as a prime herb in Ayurvedic treatment for its diverse healing properties. Tulsi is considered as most sacred plant to Hindus. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a well known herb of medicinal and religious importance in India. You will find this herb in many homes. Tulsi or Holy Basil has also been called the “Queen of Herbs” and “The Elixir of Life.” It is a very important herb in ayurvedic medicine and has only recently been discovered and revered by western medicine. Back