The herbal museum at Eruthempathy agriculture farm in Palakkad has become a crowd puller. Students and research fellows flock to see the rare herbs growing in the garden. The museum of about 150 types of herbs has been arranged in a one-acre plot in front of the farm.
The boards set up in front of the museum has enlisted the names and uses of the medicinal plants. The herbs are planted according to the directions in the Ayurveda and astrology such as Nakshatravana, Rashivana, Navagrahavana, Dashamoola, Trikadu, Nalpamaram and Ottamooli, said Farm Superintendent Bhoopathi.
The medicinal plants found in the rock cliffs, hills ides, quarries also can be seen at the museum. A fund of Rs 1 lakh allotted by the agriculture department has been used to prepare the herbal museum.
Amruthavalli (giloy), Neela Amari (blue dye plant), Brahmi (waterhyssop), Thippali, (long pepper), Vayambu (sweet flag), Kasthuri Manjal (wild turmeric), Ramacham (Vetiver), Karpooram (camphor), Danthappala (sweet indrajao), Maramanjal (tree turmeric) and many other herbs are nurtured in the museum.
Students and Ayurveda specialists arrive at the museum to see the plants that are able to treat chronic diseases like cancer, cardiac diseases, cholesterol, skin diseases and diabetes.