Iran has a diverse geographical environment which is host to a vast array of 7500 plant species. 1800 of Iran's plant life possess medicinal properties. Medicinal plants can be used as oral medicine, in a balm, like oil, or inhaled into the system. We take a brief look at some of these plants which are easy to come by and are available in other nations too.
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Kondor – This is a herb which takes us back to the days of ancient Persia. It is known to the rest of the world as frankincense. The sap of the plant has a milky constituency, and it can be used for several purposes. It is very effective as a salve to treat skin irritations and wounds, as well as acne and scars. Kondor can also be used to alleviate nervous disorders and anxiety. Furthermore, it aids in the improvement of memory and lethargy. Other general uses include treating gum disease, indigestion, ulcers, or even as an eye wash.
Sandal or Sandalwood – Sandalwood is commonly used as an incense or an ingredient in aromatherapy oils and soaps due to its aromatic properties. But it also serves as a disinfectant and is useful in the treatment of mouth ulcers, cystitis, skin irritations, as well as digestive issues.
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Azariyun – This flower, the marigold, is used extensively across the globe. It can be grown in your garden as a beautiful flower, and there are also many ways to use it in the kitchen. It has healing properties and can be used as a salve for the skin. Applying it to the surface of the skin is effective in the treatment of acne, skin rashes, eczema, and open wounds.
Haoma or ephedra – This plant which has small, yellow flowers, is endemic to Iran. It has many medicinal uses which include the treatment of bronchial ailments, headaches, improving digestion, and as a detoxifier. Haoma has also been used as an antiseptic, with properties similar to that of penicillin, and can be used for hay fever, asthma, and general colds and fevers. It is also known to have an intoxicating effect at times.
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Seer or garlic – There are several benefits to consuming garlic, as it acts as a natural antioxidant and helps to prevent infections. It is also popular for its many culinary uses.
Oud or agarwood – This plant is not easy to come by, and being so rare it has become rather costly. It is considered to be useful in treating anxiety disorders and cardiovascular problems. It also has aromatic properties and oud oil has been used in Yves Saint Lauren's perfumes, and as an aromatherapy oil.