As our lifestyle is now getting techno-savvy, we are moving away from nature. While we cannot escape from nature because we are part of nature. As herbs are natural products they are free from side effects, they are comparatively safe, Eco-friendly and locally available.
Although these herbs and plants are being used for their medicinal, flavoring and aromatic qualities for centuries, the synthetic products of the modern age surpassed their importance, for a while. So there is a need to promote them so that people can know the enormous benefits of these plants.
There are so many herbs and medicinal plants which we can grow our self. I am sharing best herbs you can grow in your garden.
Evergreen rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and brilliant blue flowers. The flowers of evergreen rosemary persist through spring and summer, filling the air with a nice piney fragrance. The scientific name for rosemary plant is Rosmarinus officinalis, which translates to “mist of the sea,” as its gray-green foliage is thought to resemble mist against the sea cliffs of the Mediterranean, where the plant originates.
Rosemary is high in anti-oxidants, and has mild analgesic (pain relief) properties. Rosemary is a stimulant herb, and is helpful with circulation and low blood pressure. People with high blood pressure need to exercise caution using rosemary medicinally. Rosemary grows best in hot, dry climates and is native to the Southern European countries.
Oregano is a perennial herb with rose-purple or white flowers and a taste reminiscent of thyme. It’s taste is zesty and strong and is commonly used in Italian dishes. It is a fabulous culinary herb, and if you have ever had pizza or marinara sauce, then you’ve tasted this delicious Mediterranean herb. Oregano grows best in warm, dry climates. It is a hardy plant and makes for a good ground cover.
Oregano can be used in many forms, too: As a tincture, an herbal infused oil, eaten in foods, and as an essential oil. These all have different strengths, potencies, and uses. The tincture is an easy way to use the herb medicinally, along with making or using in an herbal tea.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and other healthful properties. People typically use fresh or dried ginger in cooking, and some take ginger supplements for their possible health benefits. Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. It is a common folk treatment for upset stomach,nausea and vomiting. Ginger is a tropical plant, and it’s fairly hard to grow in regions that are less warm and humid.
Garlic is one of the BEST all around medicinal herbs anyone can grow. It’s useful for treating colds, flus, sore throats, and digestive issues. Garlic boosts the immune system by increasing and stimulating the production of white blood cells. Garlic is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and vermifuge (kills parasites). It is also useful as a blood purifier and helps promote healthy circulation. It may also help regulate blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
While often known for its addition to Italian foods, garlic seems to be used in virtually all cuisines as a strong flavoring agent. The bulbs are also sometimes used for medicinal purposes, to ease health conditions while preventing chronic health problems.
Garlic should be planted in a fertile, well-drained soil. A raised bed works very well.
It’s fragrant, fast-growing, green, and complements fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s also its own ice cream flavor. Like cilantro and basil , mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow; however, its roots, which are called “runners,” are incredibly invasive: they quickly grow, sprouting new leaves and new plants as they go. Mint will overtake a flower bed or garden in no time if you’re not careful. There is not really much that mint needs besides moisture and rich soil.
Mint is useful for aiding digestion and getting rid of flatulence (gas). It has mild anti-spasmodic properties.
- Aloe (Aloe Vera)
Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. The plant is stemless or very short-stemmed with thick, greenish, fleshy leaves that fan out from the plant’s central stem. Aloe vera plants are useful, too, as the juice from their leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when applied topically.
There’s not enough evidence to prove that aloe vera can treat all the health issues it’s said to help with. But the plant has been linked to many potential benefits such as healthy digestion, Treating skin conditions, Wound healing, Heartburn relief, Lower blood sugar, Sunburn relief. Place your aloe in a bright, sunny place. Otherwise it will go dormant and stop growing. Water the plant heavily about once every two weeks, waiting until the soil dries out fully.
Basil is a warm-weather, fragrant herb that tastes great in many dishes. The most common type of basil is sweet basil other types include purple basil (less sweet than common basil), lemon basil (lemon flavor), and Thai basil (licorice flavor).Basil is easy to grow, but it only grows outdoors in the summer and only once the soil has warmed up nicely.
Basil is not only a popular folk remedy for ailments like nausea and bug bites but also widely utilized in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other holistic medicine systems.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses.
It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.t’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.