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Indian Herbs
India is well known throughout world for its herbal wealth and moreover India is the birth place of Ayurveda(system of herbal medicine). 

The potential of Indian herbs can be guaged from the fact that India is the highest producer of Medicinal herbs in the world only second to China. It is no denying the fact that Indian herbs are the most sought after herbs in the world due to their organic quality, purity and lowest costs of cultivation.

Himalayas in the north, Aravalis in the Southern and Central India are the greatest reserves of Medicinal reserves in India. 

Growing Herbs
It is an old interest of the farmers to cultivate Medicinal plants and unlimited research efforts are being made to improve the varities of medicinal plants and every year the area under cultivation is on high rise. Number of herbal nurseries are coming up through out the country to provide best of cultivation materials to the growers. Most herbs grow best in well drained, fairly fertile soil with a neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.0.

Herb Gardens
Numerous varieties of cultivated plants, including many exotic economic plants, grow here in close proximity grouped according to their uses. Old, but once more interesting, cereal varieties have their own area here. The scent of the different herbs waft through the centre invite one to sit. Many of the economic plants have explanatory tables with details about the origin, culture and use of the specific plant as well as insights into future breeding goals. Herbal gardens are prepared after lot of til and hard efforts.

Herb Plants
Herb plants grow naturally in different habitats or are cultivated. They are mostly used in preparation of Ayurvedic medicines, pharmacies, scents and cosmetics. Herb plants are also used in one or the other form as food, spice and flavoring agent.

Herbs Seeds
Herbs seeds are available in herbal nurseries available through out India. Germination and growth depend on proper planting, soil, weather conditions and other factors over which one has no control. 

Mountain Herbs
Great Indian Mountains like The Himalayas, The Aravalis etc are the greatest producers of Medicinal herbs. The Himalayas range in elevation from 5,000 to 29,000 feet, topping out at the world's loftiest peak, Mt. Everest. It is clinically proved that high altitudes are conducive to the growth of numerous medicinal herbs that are the foundation for the area's indigenous systems of medicine.

Natural Herbs
Herbal plants grow naturally in the wild or are cultivated with the help of seeds. Herbs used in Medicines, cosmetics etc grow in the soil and are thawed, cleaned and processed before being used in different preparations.

Organic Herbs
Organic Herbs farming is one of several approaches to sustainable agriculture. Indeed, many of the techniques used in organic farming such as inter- cropping, mulching and integration of crops and livestock are practiced under various agricultural systems. What makes organic agriculture unique is that, under various laws and certification programs, almost all synthetic inputs are prohibited and "soil building" crop rotations are mandatory. Properly managed organic Herb farming reduces and eliminates water pollution and helps conserve water and soil on the farm.

The result of the above is directly reflected in the crops. Crops grow in a natural way with all the rich balanced compositions.

Ayurvedic Herbs
Ayurveda (pronounced I-your-vay-da), the science of life, prevention and longevity is the oldest and most holistic or comprehensive medical system available. It was placed in written form over 2,000 years ago in India, it is said to be a world medicine.

Before the advent of writing, the ancient wisdom of healing, prevention and longevity was a part of the spiritual tradition of a universal religion.

Medical knowledge from all areas of the world gathered in India, and the famous sage Vyasa, put into writing the complete knowledge of Ayurveda, along with the more directly spiritual insights of ethics, virtue and Self-realization. What is fascinating is the methods used to acquire this knowledge of the uses of herbs, foods, aromas, gems, colors, yoga, mantras, lifestyle and surgery.

The sage-physician/surgeons of the time were the same sages or seers, deeply devoted holy people, who saw health as an integral part of spiritual life. It is said that they received their training of Ayurveda through direct cognition during meditation. In other words, the knowledge of the use of the various methods of healing, prevention, longevity and surgery came through Divine revelation; there was no guessing or testing and harming animals.