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Ocimum sanctum Herb

Demulcent, expectorant, mucilaginous stomachic, anti-catarrhal, fragrant

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Holy Basil, Tulasi

Ocimum sanctum leave are used for treating skin and bronchial problems. Ocimum sanctum oil which obtained from the leave has a good property of destorying insects and bacteria. few drops of leaf-juice are used for curing earache. decoction of leaves along with ginger and black pepper ,used in treating cough, cold and fever. Ocimum sanctum is very useful in the making of ayurvedic cough syrup . Ocimum sanctum is used as major ingredient in preparing cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, powders. Preliminary research suggests that Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi) has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and in the case of Holy basil oil, antibacterial capabilities. In Indian studies Ocimum sanctum was shown to help reduce the effects of chronic stress, promote wound healing, lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, slow age-related memory impairment and lower cholesterol. Current research, both in animals and humans, supports the use of Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi) in treating inflammation, digestive disorders, diabetes, headaches, heart diseases and infection. Ocimum sanctum also protected against mercury toxicity in mice and offered chemoprotection against chemically induced fibrosarcoma in an animal model. Daily usage may help lower cortisol levels which helps lower blood sugar levels and protects the system from stress. Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi) may also benefit the immune system by increasing the number and activity of neutrophil cells, which are normally decreased by stress. Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi) also has antimicrobial properties useful in the topical treatment of ringworm. Ocimum sanctum (Holy basil) contains polyphenols (antioxidants also found in green tea and other herbs) that theoretically could help reduce cardiovascular disease risk: Some test tube studies suggest that polyphenols from Holy basil inhibit the function of genes involved in fatty plaque formation. Eugenol, ursolic acid and rosmarinic acid are the three active compounds that have been identified thus far in Holy basil.

Passiflora Incaranta Herb

Anti-spasmodic, sedative

Available in whole or powder form

Common names: Passion fruit.

Passiflora incaranta is a great herb that is used traditionally for various disorders. Passiflora incaranta is used for anxiety, as sedative, for high blood pressure and nervous heart, insomnia, during female hormonal transitions, in performance anxiety, for deaddiction, for irritative cough and many other conditions. Passiflora incaranta gained importance in mid-nineteenth century when L. Phare introduced it into Western Medicine in 1840. Passiflora incarnata is in use both as an edible and for medicinal purposes. Sleeplessness of infants and children respond well to Passiflora incaranta. Old persons whose insomnia is due to excessive worries and mental labor get good benefit from Passiflora incaranta. Passionflower is a mild sedative. This action is useful in hysteria, delirium, agitation, nervine, nervousness, restlessness, anxiety. Nervous and hyperactive children respond well to Passiflora incaranta. Passiflora incaranta offers benefit in the concentration problems. The power of focusing attention is enhanced. Passiflora incaranta can be used in high blood pressure esp. when nervous anxiety or agitation of mind is felt. In females especially, there are periods of hormonal adjustments or transition during the onset of menstrual cycle around puberty and later when menstrual cycle stops around menopause period. All these periods are associated with some psychological element as well. Passiflora incaranta eases the expectoration that is why it is of use in bronchial asthma, whooping cough, cough when sputum doesn't come out easily. It can help in irritative cough. As vermifuge Passiflora incaranta expels the worms out. Neuralgia or nerve pains, headaches and general pain respond favorably to Passiflora incaranta . Passiflora incaranta is said to be strengthening for our nerves. Passiflora incaranta might exert its positive effect as anti-convulsant and thus be helpful in seizures.

Plantago Ovata Husk

Demulcent, astringent, laxative, diuretic, emollient

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Spogel , Psyllium, Ispaghula, Isabgul.

Plantago ovata (Psyllium), also referred to as ispaghula, is derived from the husks of the seeds of Plantago ovata . Plantago ovata (Psyllium) contains a high level of soluble dietary fiber, and is the chief ingredient in many commonly used bulk laxatives. Plantago ovata (Psyllium) has been studied as a "non-systemic" cholesterol-lowering agent, with generally modest effects seen on total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels. Allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis have been reported, particularly in healthcare workers with previous experience preparing psyllium-containing bulk laxatives. Obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract by such laxatives has also been reported, particularly in patients with prior bowel surgeries or anatomic abnormalities, or when mixed with inadequate amounts of water. Plantago ovata (Psyllium) is well studied as a lipid-lowering agent with generally modest reductions seen in blood levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein ("bad cholesterol"). Effects have been observed following eight weeks of regular use. Plantago ovata (Psyllium) does not appear to have significant effects on high-density lipoprotein ("good cholesterol") or triglyceride levels. Because only small reductions have been observed, people with high cholesterol should discuss the use of more potent agents with their healthcare provider. Effects have been observed in adults and children, although long-term safety in children is not established. Plantago ovata (Psyllium) has been studied for the treatment of diarrhea, particularly in patients undergoing tube feeding. Early research shows that dietary Plantago ovata (psyllium) and chitosan supplementation may help to increase the excretion of fat in the stool. Several studies have examined the administration of Plantago ovata (psyllium) with meals or just prior to meals in order to measure effects on blood sugar levels. Measurements have been done immediately after meals and throughout the day. Effects of regular (chronic) psyllium use have also been investigated. In general, no immediate (acute) changes in blood sugar levels have been reported. Long-term effects have been inconsistent across studies, although modest reductions have been reported in some research. Plantago ovata (Psyllium) preparations have been studied for more than 20 years in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Plantago ovata (psyllium) improves glucose homeostasis and the lipid and lipoprotein profile.

Psoralea Corylifolia Seeds

Anthelmintic, diuretic, diaphortic, laxative, fragrant, stimulant & aphrodisiac

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Babchi, Vakuchi, Bavachi, Bakuchi.

Psoralea corylifolia seeds have great medicinal value. Psoralea corylifolia plant is used both internally as well as externally. Psoralea corylifolia seed oil is extremely beneficial, externally, in in numerous skin ailments. In hypopigmented lesions if the skin like leucoderma and psoriasis respond well, to local application along with oral therapy. In leucoderma, the seed powder of Psoralea corylifolia mixed with haratala bhasma (yellow arsenic), in 4:1 proportion, and mashed with the cow’s urine. This paste is applied on the lesions of leucoderma. In scabies and ringworm infestations, the Psoralea corylifolia seed powder mixed with buttermilk, is applied externally. In leprosy, the seed oil is recommended orally, with beatlenut leaf. Amalaki and khadira are valuable adjuvants, with Psoralea corylifolia, in dermatoses. In chronic skin diseases, a mixture of Psoralea corylifolia and karanja oil is commonly used with Vaseline. Scabies, psoriasis, ringworm and tinea versicular are treated successfully with Psoralea corylifolia. Orally, Psoralea corylifolia is useful in various diseases. It is a well – known nervine tonic beneficial in vata diseases, in intestinal worm infestations. Psoralea corylifolia seed powder is given orally for the duration os one week, followed by a purgative like castor oil, Psoralea corylifolia in male sexual debility, works well as an aphorodisiac. To alleviate oedema, Psoralea corylifolia is useful as it is stimulant to heart. Psoralea corylifolia is salutary in cough and asthma to alleviate kapha dosa. The Psoralea corylifolia seeds are purified, before use, by soaking them in ginger juice or cow’s urine, for one week. On larger doses, it produces symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and headache. The drug should be withdrawn and milk, ghee and butter should be consumed in diet. Psoralea corylifolia is advised to avoid spicy diet, salt and late nights during bakuci regimen.