Creeping Wood Sorrel (Indian Sorrel) Relish
Herbs rich in nutritional and medicinal properties flourished in home gardens long time ago. Some were made into chutneys, some other keerais were cooked along with lentils. Some were used in the making of hair oil and bath powders at home. Be it cough, cold, digestive upsets, skin rashes, bumps, swellings, open wounds or any other malady there was always a herb in the garden which came in handy to alleviate the symptom. All these wonderful herbs / weeds are vanishing gradually from our urban spaces, thanks to the vertical growth of residential spaces. Useful medicinal weeds do not have a place in the modern landscapes where the focus is mostly on green lawns and ornamental plants. On the other hand it is heartening to know that many youngsters have taken to growing herbs organically in pots.Gardens of medicinal plants (Moolikai Vanams) have sprung up in many urban areas to conserve the treasure of endemic plants and herbs. An interest to learn about grandma's medicine using native herbs is also gradually catching up.