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The Garden of Life A Introduction to the Healing Plants Of India

The Garden of Life
A Introduction to the Healing Plants Of India
Item Code: IML14
Author: Naveen Patnaik
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Edition: 1993
ISBN: 1855384554x
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5" x 8"
From the Jacket

Thousands years ago India's greatest sages established the Ayurveda, or Knowledge of Life, the main goal of which was the alleviation of human suffering. The sages of the Ayurveda saw all illness and all health as part of an interlocking whole - mind, body and spirit - that must be treated as one. For medicines and treatments, they looked to the natural world around them, to the plants used by forest world around them, to the plants used by forest tribes since the beginning of history.

The Garden of Life is a beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the use of plants in a range of applications - sacred, medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and aromatic. Each of the seventh plants, both familiar and exotic, is illustrated by an exquisite Indian miniature, painted especially for this volume by descendants of the master painters of Indian temples and courts.

In an age when Western medicine is finally looking outside the laboratory to ancient natural methods of healing, The Garden of Life is a tremendously timely book - useful, informative and enlightening.

About the Author

Naveen Patnaik is the author of A Second Paradise: Indian Courtly Life 1590-1947 and A Desert Kingdom: The Rajputs of Bikaner. He lives in New Delhi, India.





1. Banyan (Ficus bengalensis)
2. Lotus (Nelumba nucifera)
3. Holy Basil (Ocimum spectrum)
4. Flame-of-the-Forest (Butea sanctum)
5. Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
6. Bel (Aegle marmelos)
7. Ustram Bead (Elaeocarpus ganitrus)
8. Indian Hemp (Cannabis sativa)
9. Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa)
10. Jamun (Syzygium indica)
11. Margosa (Azadirachta indica)


12. Indian Pennywort (Centella asiatica)
13. Asparagus Racemosus (Asparagus racemosus)
14. Asoka (Saraca asoca)
15. Castor (Ricinus communis)
16. Indian Gentian (Andrographis paniculata)
17. Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
18. Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica)
19. Chebulic Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)
20. Emblic Myrobalan (Emblica officinalis)
21. Bauhinia (Bauhinia variegata)
22. Swallowwort (Catotropis gigantea)
23. Indian Laburnum (Cassia fistula)
24. Plantain (Musa paradisiacal)
25. Eclipta Alba (Eclipta alba)
26. Hogweed (Boerhaavia diffusa)
27. Indian Madder (Rubia cordifolia)
28. Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna)
29. Indian Bedellium (Commiphora mukul)
30. Thorn Apple (Datura alba)
31. Winter Cherry (Withania somnifera)


32. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
33. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
34. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
35. Mango (Mangifera indica)
36. Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia)
37. Palmyra (Borassus flabellifer)
38. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
39. Indian Cassia Lignea (Cinnamomum tamala)
40. Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
41. Drumstick (Moringa oleifera)
42. Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
43. Garlic (Allium sativum)
44. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
45. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
46. Mahua (Madhuca longifolia)


47. Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
48. Sesame (Sesamum indicum)
49. Indian Sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus)
50. Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
51. Areca Nut Palm (Areca catechu)
52. Soap Nut (Sapindus trifoliatus)
53. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
54. Indian Kamila (Mallotus philippensis)
55. Lime (Citrus medica)
56. Safforn (Crocus sativus)
57. Betel Leaf (Piper betle)
58.True Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)


59. Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
60. Fragrant Screw Pine (Pandanus odoratissimus)
61. Bakula (Mimusops elengi)
62. Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
63. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
64. Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
65. Golden Champa (Michelia champaca)
66. Aloeswood (Aquilaria agallocha)
67. Kadamba (Anthocephalus cadamba)
68. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
69.Hundred leaf rose (Rosa centifolia)
70. Sandalwood (Santalam album)

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