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the ‘Wonder Herbs’

in the heaven of ‘Empyrean’…

STEVIA

known as Stevia Rebaudiana

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Did you know Stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar? It’s a unique food ingredient which doesn’t add calories. It’s used as a sweetener alternative to sugar. Stevia is used in soft drinks, juices, jams, sauces and pickles. ‘Stevia’ has a good potential to grow in India since the plant is likely to grow well in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

The Nature of ‘Stevia’

Well, Stevia is actually a plant, a perennial herb that grows about 30 cm in height. A species called Stevia rebaudiana is naturally grown in Brazil and Paraguay, where it has been used for hundreds of years to sweeten foods and treat burns and stomach discomfort, according to a Live Science report. It has a slight bitter taste.

Parts used;

The fresh leaves are least sweet and the extracted white powder is the sweetest. Often dried leaves used as well.

Stevia consists of;

  • The sweetness quality in Stevia is caused due to several glycoside compounds composing of Stevioside, Steviolbioside, Rebaudiosides A-E, and Dulcoside.

  • Chlorgenic acid reduces enzymatic conversion of glycogen to glucose in addition to decreasing absorption of glucose in the gut. Thus, it helps reduce blood sugar levels.

  • Stevia also contains, many sterols and antioxidant compounds like triterpenes, flavonoids, and tannins. Some of flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidant phyto-chemicals present in stevia are kaempferol, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, isoquercitrin, isosteviol…etc. Studies found that kaempferol can reduce risk of pancreatic cancer by 23% (American journal of epidemiology).

Benefits & Usage of Stevia;

  • It helps reduce and controls blood pressure levels

  • ‘Black Turmenic’ in English

  • It is 100% Natural Sweetener though its 200 times sweeter than sugar

  • It is non-fermentable & non-discoloring

  • It maintains heat stability at 95 °C and features a lengthy shelf life.

  • It acts as a plaque retardant Anti-caries and prevents cavities

  • It is non-toxic and extensively tested and used by humans with no adverse effects

  • It has excellent healing capabilities without scarring if placed on a cut

Of course, people should talk with their doctor before deciding to take stevia in large amounts. Although, studies around the world show no negative side effects of Stevia and since it has only been tested in animals, we strongly advise people on medications for any kind of disease or pregnant women to consult their doctors or pharmacists before taking Stevia.

We will glide through

the ‘Wonder Herbs’

in the heaven of ‘Empyrean’…

BLACK TURMERIC

also known as Curcuma Caesia

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Are you losing your bank balance or is anyone sick in your family? Are you influenced by negativity around you? However weird or old fashioned it may sound, Black Turmeric is claimed to have magical properties to nullify the evil effects and is related to Occult sciences. Black Turmeric is a certified organic plant also known as ‘Kali haldi’ in India.

The Indigenous people native to India and Southeast Asia are privy to such theories and its implications. Hence it can be said that traditionally it was used for medicinal purposes as opposed to cooking. We will explore more beneficial uses of this exotic herb, right here!

Parts used;

The rhizomes are carefully washed and soaked in water. They are either dried and powdered for medicinal use or made into a raw paste which is either ingested or locally applied. Black Turmeric is intensely bitter hence the root is more suitable for medicinal purposes than cooking.

Black Turmeric consists of many essential chemical complexes of which only 30 have been known. It has almost 97.5% oil content which comprises mostly of: Camphor, AR-turmerone and others

The Nature of ‘Black Turmeric’

Black Turmeric is a perennial herb which looks similar to Turmeric, it belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. As mentioned earlier it’s native to Southeast Asian Rain forests.

  • The herb is characterized by the flowers which are pink or maroon; the leaf attractive with a maroon streak in the midrib and by a strong Champhorous smell and blueish color rhizomes

  • The rhizomes start out as a light pink and turn blue during maturity

  • The flower of this plant is a beautiful, striking and compact with oblong spikes which grows up to a height of 15 cms

  • This is a potent antioxidant with anti-ulcerogenic properties and used as a blood purifier.

Benefits & Usage of Black Turmeric;

Black Turmeric unlike regular Turmeric is not used for normal traditional household purpose. Its various parts are used for the following;

  • 1. Anti-Venom for snake, insect and scorpion bites

  • 2.Cure for asthma, migraine, common cold, fever, diarrhea & acute abdominal pain

  • 3.Studies have shown cell re-generations, esp. for creation of neurons in spine and brains

  • 4.Research has also shown its anti-mutagenic and to be an excellent supplement for Colon Cancer

  • 5.Reduces pain caused by Osteoarthritis

  • 6.Anti-Inflammatory for itchy skin (ringworm & scabies) and rashes

Do you know blackturmeric is one of the popular herbs in West Bengal for its amazing medicinal benifits?

  • It is called ‘Cadvar’ in Turkey

  • ‘Black Turmenic’ in English

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HARJOR

also known as Cissus Quadrangularis

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Harjor showed clinical efficacy in the treatment of fractures. Within the sphere of Ayurveda medicine, Cissus Quadrangularis has been used to heal injured tendons, bones, and ligaments. Hence defines, why we need such an important medicinal plant at ‘Empyrean’.

Unfortunately, the plant remains underutilized due to lack of awareness & unavailability of raw materials in easy consumable forms. At ‘Empyrean’ we intend to promote the medicinal properties of Cissus and make it widely available and known.

The Nature of ‘Cissus Quadrangularis’

Cissus Quadrangularis is a perennial plant that belongs to the grape family, (Vitaceae). It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Devil’s Backbone’, ‘Veldt Grape’ and ‘Harjor’. It is believed to be native to either Sri Lanka or India and has also been found in Arabia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. It is a wild indigenous medicinal plant mostly available in the forest areas of Central India.

Harjor or Cissus is a perennial climber, reaching a height of 1.5 m and has quadrangular-sectioned branches with internodes 8 to 10 cm long and 1.2 to 1.5 cm wide.

Parts used:

Stems which are dichotomously branched.

Cissus consists of;

  • Cissus Quadrangularis is majorly used in regeneration of connective tissues involved in the bone healing process and in muscle building.

  • It naturally contains a high amount of vitamin C, carotene A, Phyto sterols, calcium and trace elements viz. selenium,manganese, zinc and iron.

  • All these active compounds have a synergistic effect on bone fracture healing process.

Benefits & Usage of the extracts of Cissus Q;

  • Strengthens & heals broken bones faster

  • Induces bowel mobility, purgation, relieves constipation

  • Muscle building- Fights against osteoarthritis

  • Enhances the intake of calcium

  • When combined with a healthy diet & a exercise plan, it promotes weight loss

  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes

  • Helps relieve pain & inflammation

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease

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the ‘Wonder Herbs’

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SAFED MUSLI

also known as Chlorophytum borivilianum

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Safed Musli is identified as a very popular aphrodisiac agent with no side effects. Its immense therapeutic & medicinal properties have made it the 6th most important Medicinal herb in the world to be preserved and protected.‘Divya Aushadhi’ is another name for Safed Musli, in the sphere of Ayurveda.

The Nature of,’ Safed Musli’

Safed Musli is a medicinal plant, with small, usually white flowers, produced on sparse panicles up to 120 cm long. It belongs to the family of,’Liliaceae’.The herb grows naturally in the Central zones of India. Sandy loamy soil with a proper drainage system induces the growth of ‘Safed Musli’.

Parts used:

The tuber root and rhizome of the plant have been used for the purpose of curing human ailments.

Safed Musli
consists of;

  • Safed Musli is considered a ‘Wonder drug’.

  • The roots contain around 25 types of alkaloids (15-25%),
    fiber (25-35%),
    proteins (5-10%),

  • vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

  • It also consists of saponins (2-20%),

  • polysaccharides, resins, phenol, and mucilage content.

  • Carbohydrates (35-45%),
    and simple sugars like fructose, glucose, galactose, sucrose, xylose
    and mannose are found in the roots too.

Benefits of Safed Musli;

  • Used for ages as an aphrodisiac agent, a fertility and immunity booster which nourishes the tissues of the mind, reproductive & nervous systems

  • A natural ‘Viagra’

  • It has spermatogenic properties helpful in curing impotency; Male Potency

  • Used in treating Asthma, Leukemia, Piles, Diabetes and Arthritis

  • It improves post-delivery issues (Lactation, other gynecological conditions) and overall health of women

  • Health supplements for Bodybuilding

  • Saponin extracts have industrial and medicinal uses

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SARPGANDHA

also known as Rauwolfia serpentine

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Rauwolfia Serpentina also known as Sarpagandha is of miraculous medicinal value. It is used widely as an all-purpose remedy for high blood pressure and is also used as a sedative and tranquillizing agent. Sarpagandha or Indian snakeroot is an erect perennial shrub which normally grows up to a height of 60 cm. It is also known as ‘Chotachand’ or ‘Rasna’ in Hindi and Bengali. It is believed that Alexander the Great was treated with Sarpagandha to heal him from a poisonous arrow.

The Nature of ‘Sarpagandha’

The plant grows extremely well in highly acidic and neutral soil. In India, it is seen in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other North East regions. It is also grows in China and South East Asia.

Parts used;

Roots(bark collected in winter season) & Leaves. The roots of these herbs are tuberous in nature. The flowers are white in colour and its fruits are fleshy and tiny which changes to purple while ripening.

Sarpagandha consists of;

  • Rauwolfia Serpentina comprises of many bioactive chemicals with more than 50 different alkaloids.

  • The main alkaloids present are ajmaline, ajmalicine, indobine, indobinine, ajmalimine, serpentine, serpentinine deserpidine, reserpine, reserpiline, rescinnamine, rescinnamidine, and yohimbine.

  • About 90 percent of these alkaloids are found in the tuberous roots of this plant.

Benefits & Usage of Sarpagandha;

  • It is an astringent, bitter and pungent in taste and hot in potency. It detoxifies poisons of snake, spiders scorpio and mouse. It also manages fever, wound and worm infestation.

  • It is one of the most effective treatment for neurological problems like Schizophrenia, insomnia, hypertension, hysteria

  • Anti-stress properties

  • A very functional remedy for anxiety, psychosis, epilepsy, colic, cholera & cataract

  • The root is used effectively as a pain reliever during child birth

  • Reserpine (an effective alkaloid) is the antihypertensive principle having tranquillizing properties