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In a meeting at Varanasi one emienent scientist pointed out that remember the nantional flag of India and remain healthy.I have due respect and regards to whatever meaning was ascribed to our founders of the nation but this write up is for associating the national flad colours to health food. I want to share with you what he said. He said our Natoinal flag has three colours 1. Kesaria ( somewhat reddish orange) at the top row. 2. White in the middle row 3. Green in the lower row 4. A spoke in the centre. Our body needs a variety of vitamins, minerals , and nutrients and what he said that if we take all these three colours in our diet regularly meaning thereby that a. Take orange, reddish , or coloured fruits which contain high amount of flavonoids and other vitamins .
50. Indigofera tinctoria Linn. ‘Neel’ ( Indigo ) :- Leaf yields a valuable vegetable blue dye indigo ; it is fast both to light and water ; it is used for dyeing textiles and for painting. 51. Kingiodendron pinnatun Harms. ‘ Enne , Kolavu’ ( Piney ) :- The wood is strong ,hard , heavy, and fairly durable even in contacts with water. It takes a high polish, it is suitable for beams, rafters, battens, ceiling boards, flooring, furniture, billiard tables, ornamentals veneers, ship building, cordite cases, bowls, etc. An oleoresin is obtained by tapping the stem . It can be used as wood varnish. It yields on distillation a volatile oil which can be used as a substitute for clove oil. 52. Moghania macrophylla Kuntze.
Herbal medicine is still the mainstay of about 75-80 per cent of the world population, mainly in the developing countries, for primary health care because of better cultural acceptability, better compatibility with human body and lesser side effects. However, the last few years have seen a major increase in their use in the developed world. In Germany and France, many herbs and herbal extracts are used as prescription drugs and their sales in the countries of European Union were around $ 6 billion in 1991 and may be over $20 billion now.
Acacia catechu Willd. Vernacular Names :- Assam : Kat, Khair, Khoira, Koir ; Bengal : Khayer, Kuth ; Bombay : Khaderi, Khaira, Khera ; Central Provinces : Khair ; Ceylon : Karangall, Kashukutta, Kodalimurungai, Voadalam, Deccan : Katha, Khair, Khairbabul ; English : Black Catechu, Cutch Catechu, Pegu Catechu ; Gujrat : Kher, Kherio, Kheriobaval ; Hindi : Katha, Khair, Khairbabul, Khyar ; Sanskrit : Bahushalya, Balapatra, Balaputra, Balatanaya ; Tamil : Kadiram, Karangalli, Karungali, Kodam ; Telgu : Kasu, Khadiram, Mallasandra, Podalamanu, Sandra, Sundra. Family :- Mimosaceae. Distribution :- It is found throughout India. Morphology :- Perennial tree, bark grey white to dull black. Leaves bi-pinnate ; leaflets minute, linear and sessile. Flowers white and fragrant.
India and China rank 123rd and 121st in pollution control respectively, reflecting the strain rapid economic growth imposes on the environment, according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). The other day I travelled across India in train and was deeply pained to see dyeing industry right on the river banks besides washeman putting all the filth , huge drain was flowing just below the bridge on river Yamuna in Agra with Taj Mahal onlooking. Cant we put away our drainage system and save the rivers from ultimate death ?