Devadaru or Cedrus Deodara is a large coniferous tree which grows upto 200 feet height. This tree has a huge trunk. Leaves look like needles (long and slender). It belongs to Pinaceae family and is found in western Himalayas in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and India.
Ayurveda acharyas have coined different ayurvedic names like bhadradaaru and surabhuruha for this tree.
Ghee which is also known as clarified butter in Ayurveda is used as an alternative to butter as well as ideal cooking fat which does not unnecessarily burnt unless excessively heated. It is widely employed in the system of Ayurvedic medicine as means of apply herbal preparation treatments to the patients. Ghee is an excellent natural fat which serves as a moisturizer to treat skin conditions such as rashes, burn, and much more after the patients have been diagnosed with these diseases.
Lotus seeds also known as kamal gatta in hindi and are popularly referred as Padma Beeja in Sanskrit. Padma Beeja means seeds of lotus flower. Lotus flower belongs to the genus Nilumbo and species Nilumbo Nucifera. These seeds are very popular in East Asia and they are used in their cuisine. Lotus seed paste is used in pastries and desserts of china and Japan. The age old Chinese and Indian medicine texts also recommend these seeds in their preparations. Lotus seeds are store house of vitamins, minerals and protein. They are very low in saturated fats.
Ushira also known as Vetiver has a botanical name Vetiveria Zizanioides. It is known by name Khus Khus grass. In Kannada Vitever is known as Lavancha. It belongs to the Poaceae family. This tufted grass is available throughout the plains of India up to a height of 1200 m. Vetiver is known for its perfumery and medicinal value since ancient times.
Based on principles of Ayurveda ushira is light to digest and dries up the tissues. It acts as a body coolant and normalises pitta and Kapha. This herb is appreciated for its cooling and cleansing properties.
The herb Kiratatikta which is explained in Ayurveda has been identified as Swertia Chirata, also known as Chirayata or Chiretta in India. It is known by other name Nepali Neem as it is abundant in Nepal. This is an annual herb and grows well all over India. It reaches a height of about 1.5 meters.