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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.54 (5) (Sep - Oct, 2013) (481-488)

AWARENESS OF MEDICINAL PLANTS BY RURAL WOMEN OF HARYANA

Sunita
Junior Lecturer, Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Kiloi, Rohtak

Seema Rani
Scientist, EECM, College Of Home Science
CCS Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar

Abstract

The present study was conducted in eastern and western zone of Haryana state. Three districts from each zone and two blocks from each district were selected randomly. A total sample of 600 rural women was drawn from twelve villages, one village from each block.

All the respondents were aware that neem, haldi, nimbu and adrak are used for curing different health disorders. Majority of respondents were aware of the use of most of the medicinal plants including bathua, methi, erandi, mehandi, tulsi, lahsun, harad piyaz, jaiphal, pudina, ganna and teet.

Majority of women had high level of awareness at medicinal plants used for various health disorders but had medium level of awareness regarding the usefulness of the medicinal plants.

Most of respondents who were aware of the use of medicinal plants were also aware of their usefulness but the percentage level was slightly low as compared to the awareness of the use of medicinal plants by the rural women in both the age group.

Introduction

Our country is recognized as a treasure house of indigenous knowledge yet acknowledgment of this wealth of knowledge has not been credited. The elderly rural women act as a source of indigenous knowledge that nurture the practices and keep them alive for unity in diversity.

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