Looking back at my childhood, one of my earliest recollections of a very popular medicine was Anacin. Any time anyone in the family or within earshot of my father (a self-professed chemist) complained of a headache, he would immediately pull out a strip of the tablets and hand them out! Looking in deeper, I found that Anacin has been around and in use since 1916. And that got me thinking what would people have done before Anacin was invented? What about Paracetamol or Vicks VapoRub? And that’s when it occurred to me that these and many other so-called modern day medicines are but polished and packaged versions of traditional medicines. And they were all derived from medicinal plants, which were also a source of nourishment for our ancestors. And that brings me to Northeast India, which as a region accounts for 40% of the country’s flora! So it is no wonder that the people of the region have learnt how to use this abundance not only for nourishment but also for the treatment of ailments and diseases.Download a copy of the 54 medicinal plants & herbal remedies of Meghalaya
Here's My List of 12 Medicinal Plants in Meghalaya
I selected these plants because they are commonly used by the people of Meghalaya for every-day food and health purposes.
Botanical Name: Fiscus AuriculataLocal name: LapongParts used: Stem, Leaf, and fruitUsed for: cholera, diarrhea and vomiting. Do you know of any other plant that is easily available and used for home remedies? Let us know. Our store has a variety of healthy products which use fruits, plants and herbs native to Meghalaya.
For hundreds of years, people in India have been doing their laundry and cleaning with Soapnuts. Soapnuts are extremely versatile. They can be even used for personal care and numerous everyday-cleaning needs. They are naturally hypoallergenic, odorless and do no damage to fabrics. Learn more about the uses of Soapnuts.