Botanical Name: Gymnema sylvestre
- English: Australian Cow Plant, Ipecacuanha Indian, Periploca of the wood
- Ayurvedic: Meshashringi, Meshavishaanikaa, Meshavalli, Chhaagalshrngi. Ajashringi, Dolichandrone falcata, Pergularia extensa
- Unani: Gurmaar Buuti
- Also, known as: Kannu Minnayamkodi, Passaam, Shirukurinja, Madhunasini, Medhasingi, Kaavalee, Medhasinge, Gudmaar, Medhaa Singee, Kadhasige, Cakkarakkolli, Madhunaashini, Kaavalee, Medhaashingi, Shirukurum Kaay, Shakkaraikkolli, Podapatro, Mesasrangi
Habitat: Central and Peninsular India & China
Parts Used: Leaves
Gymnema sylvestre is a climber plant. It has a dark medium size simple leaves with soft hair on the surface. Leaves are oval shaped approximately 2 to 6 cm long and 1 to 3 cm broad. The leaves are elongate oval shaped. It has small yellow umbelliferous inflorescence which is produced throughout the year. The odor of the plant is very unpleasant, and taste wise it is bitter. Gymnema is being used in Asia over thousands of years. The plant contains large number of chemical which are very useful for various purposes in medicine industry.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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