Aerva lanata is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae. It is an annual herb that typically grows to a height of up to 1.5 metres and is native to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The plant is commonly known as "Navara", "Jamalgota" or "Gokharu" and is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine.
Aerva lanata is grown for both ornamental and medicinal purposes, as the leaves and stems can be used to treat ailments such as fever, losses of appetite, tuberculosis, coughing and asthma. It is also used as a poultice for wounds and as an antiseptic.
The plant is found mainly in dry, deciduous forests and in tropical and subtropical regions across India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The health benefits of Aerva lanata are numerous. It is an effective remedy for fever, as it helps to reduce body temperature. It is also an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that help to improve the body's immunity, reduce inflammation and protect the body from diseases. It is also known to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels and help to detoxify the body.
Here are some interesting facts about Aerva lanata:
- It is known to be a powerful diuretic, helping to remove toxins from the body.
- It can also help to reduce blood pressure.
- The leaves and stems of the plant are rich in vitamins A and C, and minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium.
- The plant is also said to possess antifungal properties.
Other similar ingredients which are known to have medicinal properties include Azadirachta indica, Bacopa monnieri, Commiphora mukul, Curcuma longa, Eclipta alba, Ficus benghalensis and Withania somnifera.