Stamp of The Day

Postage stamps issued with pictures of wildlife/nature become Collector's items. In our routine brush with postage stamps most of us, unless we are ardent stamp collectors, miss these colourful stamps. brings you a feature wherein we examine each day a special stamp issued by the Department of Posts to commemorate an endangered species or to celebrate a beautiful natural heritage.

India has a large number of plants with medicinal properties. This is one among the factors that helped the country achieve prominence in the field of Ayurveda and Siddha forms of medicine. Many of these plants are now endangered. Lack of awareness about the uses and properties of these plants can be said to be the major cause for this situation.

The Department of Posts brought out on 28 October 1997 four stamps with pictures of some of these precious plants, easily grown in India.

The featured plant is “Brahmi”. Brahmi has antioxidant properties. It has been reported to reduce oxidation of fats in the bloodstream, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Another use has been to improve memory. Long-term memory capacity enhancement is reported on consumption of Brahmi extract.

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