Indigo & Winter Cherry Herbally Dyed Cloth
Herbs in this cloth include:
Indigo - Indigo was a popular dye during the middle ages. It has been used medicinally as an emetic; the Chinese used the plant to purify the liver, reduce inflammation and fever and to alleviate pain.
Ashwagandha - is commonly known as “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”. It is one of the most important herb of Ayurveda (the traditional system of medicine in India) used for millennia as a Rasayana for its wide ranging health benefits. Rasayana is described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness. These types of remedies are given to small children as tonics, and are also taken by the middle-aged and elderly to increase longevity.
Guggul - Commiphora wightii, called Guggulu in Sanskrit. In Sanskrit guggulu means one that protects against diseases. Guggulu controls vata mainly, helps to enhance warmth, digestion, reproductive and circulatory mechanisms. Guggulu also shows its effect to manage vata- the nervous system control and kapha- the fluids system control to some extent. So this plant can control and helps in balancing all three doshas. This is the one of the most important herbal tonic of Ayurveda, known as warm, dry, pungent-flavored, and aromatic with nutritive, lubricant, stimulant and digestion-enhancing properties.
Indian Echinacea or Kalmegh - traditional herbalists use this medicinal herb for many conditions for its anti-inflammatory action.
Wool plant or Cheroola – the dried flowers are named as Boor or Boikallan and sold. It is one of the prominent ten sacred flowers of Kerala, named Dasapushpam. It protects both the skin and the body from pathogens.
Vyana or Cinnamon - The use of cinnamon as a medicinal plant is very old. The geographer and historian Herodotus (484-425 BC) mentions in his writings the use of this spice from Ceylon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and that of Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia). The Romans used cinnamon in their important ceremonies. Cinnamomum tamala leaves and bark have aromatic, astringent, stimulant and carminative qualities and used in rheumatism, colic, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri - a plant commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, has an age-old reputation for being an effective and powerful herb helpful for memory and combating stress. Bacopa monnieri, known to most as Brahmi, acts as an adaptogen; which means it helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations.
Pomegranate - has been used for thousands of years to cure a wide range of diseases across different cultures and civilizations. It has great nutritional values and numerous health benefits. Pomegranates as a Treatment for Cancer, Osteoarthritis and Other Diseases. The pomegranate has been used in natural and holistic medicine to treat sore throats, coughs, urinary infections, digestive disorders, skin disorders, arthritis, and to expel tapeworms.
Peppermint - The Health Benefits of Peppermint Leaf. Peppermint, or mentha piperita, is an herb with many uses and therapeutic applications. Its sharp menthol odor, refreshing flavor, and cooling sensation have found it a home in many products including bath preparations, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and ointments
Aloe vera: The Ayurvedic Miracle Plant - has been one of the most important plants used in folk medicine. The Egyptians referred to aloe as the "plant of immortality" and included it among the funerary gifts buried with the pharaohs. The healing benefits of aloe were recognized in the ancient Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Roman civilizations. It is traditionally used to heal wounds, relieve itching and swelling, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.