The FRLHT is a recognized centre of excellence in Medicinal plants and Traditional Knowledge. The ethno medical garden is a ‘Knowledge Park ’ which provides a visual introduction to several species of medicinal plants.
Our hosts at FRLHT were Dr. Sangitha and Dr. Suma both of whom are botanists. They brought out to us the importance of medicinal plants in day to day life. They also told us that their herbal garden consists of more than 1000 important medicinal plants brought from different parts of our country.
The FRLHT was started in 1995-15 years back .The Ethno-medicinal garden is a very unique and well designed garden as it is aesthetically landscaped. Many people come and visit this place in order to learn more about the various plants and their medicinal uses.
The plans we observed include:
- Sandal wood - It cures diabetes
- Janakia (named after the first woman taxonomist). It is grown at the altitude of 2000 ft. At the FRLHT this plant is provided with the same environment this plant would find in the rocky areas at 2000ft.
-Rudraksha: grown in the Himalayas
- Eleocarpus: Cures chicken pox
- Aloe vera- To cure skin problems
- Cissus : To cure fracturers
-Ruta chalepensis : Used as a mosquitoe repellent
- Lotus: The stem, leaves and seeds have a medicinal value
- Tinospora cardifolia : used in the cure for H1N1
We also visited the Bio- Informative centre. This houses a Herbarium of about 2000 plants. The Plants have been dried and tied onto herbarium sheets.
Our trip to FRLHT was fun. We learnt a lot about different medicinal plants and their values there and I would love to go again.