In India medicinal plants are naturally growing mostly in Himalayas, Western Ghats and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Most of the poor people, especially, women who are living in the foot hills of Western Ghats are gathering medicinal plants for their livelihood for generations. They were exploited heavily by the middlemen through their unfair trade practices. Hence, KTL intervenes in this activity by organizing them into groups and establishing Procurement Centres in the villages itself and adopt Fair Trade Practices in procuring and linking with the major herbal medicine manufacturers without the intervention of middlemen and to help them to get maximum benefit out of this activity.
Major Medicinal Plants available in the area of operation are :
|Sl.No||Name of the medicinal plant||Common name||Botanical name||Picture||Capacity to supply(MT)|
| 1 ||Tulsi ||Tulsi ||Ocimum sanctum
|2 ||Vatta saranathi whole plant ||Punarnava ||Bhoerhavia diffusa
| 3 ||Gymnema ||Gudmar ||Gymnema sylvestris
|4 ||Karisalankanni||Bringhraj ||Eclipta alba
|5 ||Keelanelli ||Bhoomi amlaki ||Phyllanthus amarus
| 6 || Mevanelli ||Mevanelli ||Phyllanthus medraspentensis
| 7|| Nerunjil mull||Gokshri ||Tribulous terrestris
| 8 ||Neem Leaves
| 9|| Vallarai||Vallarai
| 10 ||Morringa
|| Drumstic tree
KTL promotes Home Remedies for small ailments by using the above herbs. Training and capacity Building is given to poor people to use the herbal medicines.