CURATIVE NATURE

The principal motive of the series of articles under Enchanted Forests is to  highlight the spellbinding beauty of Nature.

The past 8 months have been extremely exciting as I discovered and unraveled, during the course of posting these blogs, the marvels of Nature hitherto unknown to me .

Travelling to Lakshman Sagar in Pali district near Ajmer  in Rajasthan unveiled a unique Natural Herb which I saw for the first time in my life of over 50 years.

Witness the Fields of Psyllium ( English), Isabgol ( Hindi) ,Plantago ovata ( Scientific Name) in the picture below.

fields
Isabgol Fields in the foreground

Psyllium Seed Husk is a Natural Cure for numerous ailments of the digestive system like Constipation and Diarrhea.The Husk of the Psyllium Seed also reduces Cholesterol and controls Diabetes.

Also known as Blond Plantain and Indian Desert Wheat , this small Wonder Herb is Native to the Indian Subcontinent.

The Isabgol plant grows to a maximum height of 12 inches or 30 cms and can be seen below along with a few shrubs of Cumin ( will blog on this aromatic spice at a later date) .

isabgol plant
Isabgol Herb

Isabgol is a natural dietery fibre which is  hygroscopic in nature , which means it absorbs moisture like a sponge and swells up.

It is has no taste or flavour and looks extremely inconspicious, yet it has remarkable Curative properties.

Grown extensively in the sandy soils of Rajasthan and Gujarat, over 60% of the World’s Psyllium Husk is grown in the Northwestern Region of India.

The USA is the largest importer and consumer of Isabgol.( incidentally, many who read  these blogs are from the USA )

Psyllium bushels

Isabgol Infloresence

The featured image gives a close up of the lovely Flowers of this Wonder Herb.

In the blogs to follow I will Enchant you with pictures of a Plant which looks like a clone of the Plantago ovata.

 

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

14 thoughts on “CURATIVE NATURE”

  1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia, is the place that would love your visit. The temples are gorgeous, but for me it was all about the forests that surround it. The most magical place. It felt like the trees were talking to me and I am not even a huge forest lover. I can only imagine what you could make out that place 🙂

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  2. This should be magic of nature… amazing. I haven’t known much about this plant but with you, I learn and I understand how important in pharmacy too. Beautiful photographs. Thank you dear Mukul, love, nia

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      1. Dear MUkul, I haven’t known this before, I have searched now, we have here, especially Solgar products… But maybe you don’t know, I am an allergic one and can’t take any pill, herb, etc. easily… I read it says has not side effects, but this is my problem, a long story. Anyway, I took a note for this one. Thank you, but I use flax seed, it’s been for a few years. Love, nia

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