Medicinal plants have a rich history of being grown and cultivated in India, dating back to around 6,000 B.C. These medicinal plants have provided natural remedies for many illnesses and ailments throughout the ages. Here are five of the best medicinal plants that you can grow in your home garden easily.
Moringa, also known as drumstick or horseradish, is an all-rounder miracle plant. It has a high concentration of oil and great nutritional value, containing calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Its leaves can be easily added to meals while cooking. Moringa has properties that lower cholesterol levels. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to control blood pressure as well. To grow moringa at home, you must first soak its seed in water to allow it to germinate. You can also plant cuttings of it to grow it.
2. Curry Leaves
Curry leaves, or kadi patta, give our food a distinct mouth-watering aroma. Curry leaves also have a wide range of health benefits. It can aid in digestion due to its carminative properties and manage glucose levels in your body due to its anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in managing cholesterol levels. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties protect us from many diseases. Curry leaves are very easy to find at nurseries. The best time to grow the plant is before winter or monsoon as it is sensitive to high temperatures.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has many health advantages, especially its paste. It is helpful for the liver and provides heartburn relief. It also controls blood sugar and helps in combating skin problems like acne and blemishes. It helps in nourishing hair, controlling dandruff and hair loss, improving immunity, and helping the body in fighting infections. You can buy aloe vera from nurseries or propagate them by removing the pup (baby aloe vera that grows from the base of the mother plant) by twisting them to ensure that the maximum root system comes out and repotting it.
Tulsi is a holy plant that is known by many names in Ayurveda, such as “Mother Medicine of Nature” or “Queen of Herbs”. Tulsi has properties to relieve cough and cold symptoms due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic properties. Taking tulsi along with honey improves the immune system and drinking tulsi tea helps reduce stress. Tulsi plants or seeds can be easily bought from nurseries. There are around 108 varieties of tulsi in India, but the most common ones grown for their health benefits are Rama, Vana, and Krishna Tulsi.
Ginger is commonly used as a spice in every Indian household, but it also has amazing medicinal properties. Ginger promotes healthy digestion and reduces the symptoms of cough, cold, sore throat, and body aches. Ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and lowers blood sugar. It also promotes good heart health. You can plant ginger easily at home by cutting it into fragments and allowing it to dray and form callus. Each piece should have an eye or a node from which a new plant can sprout.
Watch the video by Peepal Baba on the 5 Best Medicinal Plants to Grow in Your Home Garden.
While medicinal plants can be effective in many ways, it is important to remember that they are not a substitute for medical advice and treatment from a licensed healthcare professional. It is also important to research the potential side effects and interactions of any medicinal plant before using it.
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