Grow Medicinal Herbs in your Kitchen or Patio

People in the cities have gotten used to the supermarket life way too much. In our busy schedule, we don’t have time to grow any plants or vegetables in our homes. But we believe that everyone should have at least some plants in their homes. Here is our list of herbal plants you can grow in your kitchen with minimum effort, minimum time and minimum space.



   

1. Basil


Popularly known as Tulsi, basil contains powerful anti-oxidants. Basil contains water-soluble flavonoids called orientin and viceninare which can help protect white blood cells. Basil is also an anti-inflammatory herb - meaning the essential oils in basil helps beat inflammation. Apart from being adaptogenic and containing natural anti-bacterial problems, basil may help your body fight cancer cells too.

2. Corriander

    


Coriander is very rich in immune-boosting antioxidants that has been shown to fight inflammation in your body. These compounds include terpinene, quercetin, and tocopherols, which may have anticancer, immune-boosting, and neuroprotective effects. It is good for brain health, heart health and fighting infections. It also has a great taste and aroma.

3. Carom / Ajwain



Carom seeds are rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins, minerals, fiber and also exhibit antibacterial and antifungal properties. Your Parents often advise you to chew on raw seeds during fever or even to avoid vomiting sensation. Carom seeds do help in relieving many common human ailments like Indigestion, Ulcers, Acidity, Arthritis, Bad Cholesterol, Blood pressure and even common cold or cough.


4. Spear Mint

Spearmint known by many names like Mackerel mint, Garden mint, Lamb mint, and common mint .The Aroma of these mint leaves is enough to provide one with a refreshing feel and also proven to keep mosquitoes away in the winter. Mint leaves help refrain sore throat, cramps, Arthritis, Diarrhea, Fatigue, and flatulence. Mint essential oils are also used in relieving muscle pains and quite often used in ayurvedic spas for soothing stress-free body massage.

5. Aloe Vera


Aloe Vera is generally most used to relieve sunburns and heal wounds. From relieving sunburns to potentially slowing down breast cancer researchers have just begun to unlock the plants’ potential. It is the best solution for acne right now.

5. Curry Leaves


The leaves of Curry trees are used a seasoning and flavoring agents in almost all Indian foods and literally found in all tropical and subtropical regions of the country. Every part of the plant: leaves, roots and the bark are quite largely used for various medicinal applications.

Curry leaves are rich in minerals, fibers and also helps in boosting immunity It helps in relieving Ameania. Diabetes, Indigestion problems, cholesterol, and helps maintain healthy liver conditions.

6. Fenugreek

Fenugreek also referred by the name Methi, has been utilized for over 1000 years for multiple purposes and has been gaining a lot of popularity worldwide. The popular herb is not only a common kitchen spice but also most commonly used in soaps and shampoos. The important parts of this plant would include leaves and seed extracts.

Fenugreek or Methi seeds are commonly utilized in manufacturing of artificial maple syrups, beverages, and even candies. The herb also contains rich antioxidants and nutrients which further raises its application in curing ailments like Diabetes, Constipation, Maintain blood sugar levels, testosterone, male libido and also boosts Lactation.

7. Lemongrass



The aromatic plant, lemongrass is a rich source of vitamin B2, vitamin B1, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese and other essential minerals. It not only makes your tea or other dishes flavorful but also has many health benefits. It relieves menstrual pain and sore throat. It can also be used to treat sleep trouble and stress. The aromatic herb also has anti-pyretic properties and thus can be used for the treatment of fever.


All the herbs we have talked about above need only minimum maintenance and will only consume a minimum space of your garden or kitchen or balcony. But they have so much to offer to us. Indian culture and Ayurveda talks a lot about these herbs and people should have at least a few herbs at their home. You could grow these herbs literally in your kitchen or balcony with minimum effort. 


 





Ramesh Chincholi

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