Describe a useful plant you know about – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a useful plant you know about.
You should say:
- what it is
- where it is available
- what it looks like
and explain how this plant is useful.
Medicinal Plant used to be a whole chapter in our science books when we were in high school. I know a lot of medicinal plants, which I have read or heard about. Those are mainly neem, tulsi, sarpagandha, ashwagandha, aloe vera, sage, fenugreek etc. Each of the plants are of different medicinal importance. Some can be taken directly, and others indirectly. Today I will be talking about one of the most important and common plants, that is Tulsi.
Tulsi is widely present in all the regions of India. In some parts of the country, it is considered holy as well. Thus it has the name “holy basil.” It is grown in almost every Indian house. This plant does not need much care like other plants, but it should be given the basics.
The scientific name of Tulsi is Ocimum tenuiflorum . In English, we call it “holy basil” or just “basil”. The green leaves of the tree have a sharp aroma and flavour. You can easily chew it. Tulsi leaves are mainly oval in shape with curvy edges and slightly sharp tips.
The plant is of great importance. It helps to cure your stomach disorders and respiratory problems. Most of the cough syrup we use contains tulsi. It is said that two leaves of tulsi and one spoon of honey can cure your diseases and can keep you fit. It is also used in treating digestion, kidney stone, diabetes. It also helps in curing stress and headache. Ayurveda has been dependent on this plant for a long time now.
- Holy: sacred
Eg: The water of Ganga is considered holy.
- Aroma: Scent
Eg: The aroma of lavender is beautiful
- Headache: head pain
Eg: She is having a headache
- Diabetes: a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high
Eg: My grandmother has diabetes
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