The Vanasree ecoshop is located at Mukkali. The ecoshop holds an array of eco-friendly products primarily obtained from the tribal folk of the area. The National Park only aids in the selling of these products through a transparent marketing channel. Quality is ensured for every products sold under Silent Valley National Park.
Lemon grass oil is extracted from partially dried leaves of lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) by a process of steam distillation. Lemon grass oil has antibacterial, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemongrass oil offers immediate pain relief while it reduces inflammation. It can be used as a muscle relaxer and also used for treating headache. Lemongrass oil is also a mood enhancer. Additionally, it is used as a flea repellent.
Stingless bee honey/ Cheruthen is considered twice as nutritious and medicinal as ordinary honey. It is because stingless bee collects nectar and pollen from small wild growing plants and trees compared to bigger bees which usually circulate in large flowers of big trees. The Stingless bees/ cherutheneecha (Trigona iridipennis) usually nest in the crevices of walls and tree trunks. They are a difficult species to domesticate and the honey production by a stingless bee colony is just about 350 grams to 1kg of honey in a year which makes it costlier. This honey is collected from the pristine forests of Western Ghats. Stingless bee honey reduces obesity, if used daily with warm water. When simply used with a glass of drinking water it can be used to cure lack of sleep/anxiety. It has high antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat wounds. It also cures cough, stomach ulcers and eye infections.
Pickle is an unavoidable relish of Indian cuisine. The Tender mango or Kannimanga achar or pickle is special because of the very taste of it. With Red chilly powder giving it a spicy flavour, this will be an irresistible addition to your meal. The mustard seeds compliment the taste of tender mangoes. Even though there exist several pickle recipes in Kerala, Kannimanga or tender mango pickle is considered to be the most popular and liked among the Keralites. This tender mango pickle sold here is 100% organic and prepared under hygienic conditions. So let's add a 'Malayalee flavour' to your meal.
Ragi or Finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) is native to Africa. In India, the crop was probably introduced 4000 years ago, and has been found in archeological excavations in the Harappan Civilization. Ragi was a well-known cereal among South Indians. Unfortunately, it is fast disappearing from most people’s diets today. The nutritive and therapeutic value of finger millet is irreplaceable by most cereals in market today. Besides, it is a very adaptable crop that is admirably suited to Indian climatic conditions, making it doubly significant. This healthy food rich in minerals and protein also has high antioxidant content which keeps you young. Finger millet is the richest in calcium content, about 10 times that of rice or wheat.The ‘Ragi porridge’ and ‘Ragi puttu’ was once part of a Keralite’s culture. Also Ladoo, Pakoda, Halwa and a whole variety of other dishes can be made out of Ragi. Let’s bring back ragi and make your diet healthier.
Chama or Little Millet (Panicum sumatrense) is a highly nutritious, non-glutinous cereal. Unfortunately, it is fast disappearing from most people’s diets today. It is grown in dry regions as rainfed crops. By eating millets, we will be encouraging farmers in dryland areas to grow crops that are best suited for those regions. Little millet also high in Iron content, high in fibre and has high antioxidant activity. It helps in diabetes and diseases related stomach. It also reduces cholesterol. It is cooked like rice. Its taste, texture and appearance are not very different. It is suitable for people of all age groups. Let’s bring back chama and make your diet healthier.
The Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a spice of Indian origin. It’s the favourite of most food lovers, not to mention spicy South Indian dish lovers. The organic pepper here is grown by the Muthuva tribe in Pooppara in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Grown in a pristine environment and valued for its high purity and unique flavour, let this organic pepper be another addition for a healthy kitchen.
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