We are all quite aware of our grandmothers’ home remedies, from a sneeze to a cut, grandmothers know precisely what to do and which concoction to be used for a natural treatment. From turmeric milk for your sore throat to onions for growing your hair longer and healthier – some of these remedies or hacks might seem too odd to be true but is there any truth to them at all? Perhaps they work in their own way, or it’s just a psychosomatic take on illness and grandma’s love & care? Well, according to science, some plants do have medicinal benefits; imagine how our older generations used them for a quick fix before modern medicine came into the picture and took over! It is always good to keep them around the house; we may never know when we need them. Here is a list of 10 Must-Have Medicinal Plants for Home Remedies that will make your life a little easier.
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Also known as Holy Basil is known for its remarkable healing properties over centuries. In ancient Ayurveda, there are four types of Tulsi – Rama, Krishna, Vana & Kapoor Tulsi. There are so many things you can do with Tulsi. Use it as herbal tea. The oil extracted from Kapoor Tulsi is used against insects and bacteria. Rama Tulsi is a highly effective remedy for Severe acute Respiratory Syndrome. Tulsi Juice gives relief in Fever, Cold, Bronchitis and Cough. Tulsi oil is often used as an ear drop. It helps in curing malaria. Tulsi is effective against indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia, and cholera. Fresh leaves of Tulsi are consumed by millions of people every day. Many people wear Tulsi beads, which is said to have specific physical and medicinal properties.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)
You can quickly grow an Aloe Vera plant at home, and they have excellent benefits. It grows under the sun with well-drained dry or moist soil. The Plant is edible despite its tastelessness. The sap from aloe vera is useful to speed up the healing & reduce the risk of infections for various wounds, cuts, burns, reducing inflammation. Aloe Vera is also known for its external use on the skin and hair.
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Delicate and mildly scented, Chamomile is known for its soothing properties. You might have also heard of Chamomile tea which is excellent for anxiety and stress relief. A cup of chamomile tea before bed is all you need for a good night’s sleep.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula is also reasonably easy to grow; it grows in almost any type of soil condition. Calendula is a well-known remedy for skin problems like Bites, Stings, Sprains, Wounds, and Sore Eyes. You can also make a tea of the petals, it tones up circulation and, if taken regularly, eases varicose veins.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a fantastic herb to keep around. It’s great to keep around in the Kitchen as well as a first-aid Medicinal Plant. It can work wonderfully well as a treatment of Stomach Gas, Cough and Congestion.
Lavender (Lavandula) is easily recognizable for its sweet perfume; it boasts medical benefits as a nervine and mild antidepressant. Adding it to your bath to alleviate stress, tension, and insomnia is suggested. Lavender is also used in creams to treat sunburns and acne. The hot and sunny environment is excellent for a Lavender plant to grow.
Methi/Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has a history of being the favourite Medicinal Plant, especially in India. Indians use Methi for many reasons; it has a list of things it can help you with: Poor digestion, encourage weight gain, lowers blood cholesterol level, drain off sweat ducts, insufficient lactation, painful menstruation, freshens up bad breath, inhibits liver cancer, labour pains and more. You can soak a handful of Methi overnight in water and consume it the first thing in the morning.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
This ancient herb is best known for stress reduction. It boosts your immune system, promotes fertility, aids wound-care and more. Many Skincare brands use this herb to make their formulas more effective. This herb is also used widely in homoeopathy medicines.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree leaves are used for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches. The paperbark has been used since ancient times as it is beneficial when used as cradles, as a bandage, like a sleeping mat, as material for building humpies, as an aluminium foil, as a disposable raincoat and for tamping holes in canoes. The leaves and twigs of tea tree, eventually made into tea tree oil which is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Use it to treat cystitis, glandular fever, chronic fatigue syndrome, thrush, acne, athlete’s foot, verrucae, warts, insect bites, cold sores, nits and minor burns.
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)
Steviol glycoside is extracted from Stevia, and it is 300 times sweeter than regular Sugar; Stevia has also garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives as it has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
All the information in this blog is compiled from reliable online sources.
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