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A REVIEW ON IMPORTANCE OF MEDICINAL PLANTS IN AROMA THERAPY WITH REFERENCE TO BHAVPRAKASH NIGHANTU

Priyanka Khantwal* and D. C. Singh

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Among, ancient civilisations, India has been known to be rich repository of medicinal plants. The forest in India is the principal repository of large number of medicinal and aromatic plants., which are largely collected as raw materials for manufacture of drugs and perfumery products. Recently, WHO (World Health Organization) estimated that 80% of people world wide rely on herbal medicines for some aspect of their primary health care needs. According to WHO (World Health Organization around 21000 plant species have the potential for being used as medicinal plants. Aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies to treat several diseases, and to get relief from numerous ailments like depression, indigestion, headache, insomnia, respiratory problems, etc. The essential or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, fruits and other parts of the plant by various methods. Bhavaprakash nighantu is an important landmark in their history of Indian medicine as its period stands at the juncture of the medieval and modern periods which is the turning point for its future course and also because of the fact that it revived the style of samhitas and contributed a good deal to various aspect of Ayurveda by adding new ideas and drugs. This study concludes medicinal plants among Bhavprakash nighantu which may help in day to day clinical practices.

Keywords: Medicinal plants, Aromas, Aromatherapy, Bhavprakash nighantu.


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