Healing with Herbs

Everywhere are rediscovering the benefits of herbs, not just for the fresh flavour that they add to food, but also for their medicinal properties.

Aloe vera

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Asparagales

Family: Asphodelaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: Aloe vera

Ø  This magic herb is used for skin problems, indigestion and even diabetes. One-inch thick piece of a mature leaf, cut into small pieces and chewed daily helps bring down sugar levels.

Ø  For indigestion, for which its use is miraculous, add black salt and ajwain to the gel or pieces.

Ø  To grow, plant its cutting in a potting mix of loose and sandy soil. Select a big pot as aloe needs lots of room to grow.

Ø   During winter, water once every two to three weeks and during summer, water when slightly dry. A good amount of sunlight through the day is a must.

Pesto

Ingredients

  • Leaves from 1 large bunch basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Pine nuts, toasted or sautéed (optional)

Procedures

  1. Place abut 4 cups ice cubes in large bowl; 2 quarts cold water. Put a large colander in bowl so it fills with ice water.
  2. In a saucepan, boil 3 quarts water. Add garlic to water; cook for 30 seconds. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon. Add the basil; cook 15 seconds. Remove basil with a skimmer; place in ice water, and cool about 1 minute. Drain well, and squeeze excess water out of basil leaves.
  3. Add basil and garlic to a food processor; chop. Transfer to a blender; blend on high while adding olive oil in a thin stream while the machine is blending. Add the Parmigiano; process until blended. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, processing briefly to mix.

Lemon grass

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Monocots (unranked)

Commelinids Order: Poales

Family: Poaceae

Subfamily: Panicoideae

Tribe: Andropogoneae

Subtribe: Andropogoninae

Genus: Cymbopogon

 

Ø  Herbal tea using fresh lemon grass relieves stress and nervousness.

Ø  Plant saplings in rich, moist garden soil in an area which gets good sun. When growing in a container, use one-third compost, one-third topsoil and one-sixth vermiculite.

Ø  Start the seeds in a six-inch pot and move into successively larger pots as the clump grows.

Brahmi

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Eudicots (unranked): Asterids

Order: Lamiales

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Bacopa

Species: B. Monnieri

 

Ø  It is known for its effectiveness in enhancing memory and promoting alertness.

Ø  It’s also used for treating various mental conditions, besides being a great antioxidant. You can chew four to five brahmi leaves in the morning or add them to a sandwich-filling.

Ø  If growing in the garden, water well during dry weather as the roots are fairly shallow. If growing in a pot, move it to a warm, sheltered spot in winter as it is frost-prone.

Brahmi is:

Ø  Nervine rejuvenator

 

Ø  Improves quality of both the male and female reproductive cells ensuring a good progeny

 

Ø  Delays the signs of ageing

Ø  Cardiac tonic

Ø  Rejuvenates the body

Ø  Improves voice

 

Stevia

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Eudicots (unranked): Asterids

Order: Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

Tribe: Eupatorieae

Genus: Stevia

Ø  Gaining popularity as a herbal substitute for sugar, all you need to do is pluck off a few leaves, crush them and put them in your tea or dessert. You can also dry the leaves and store them as powder.

Ø  A semi-humid subtropical plant, stevia can be grown easily like any other vegetable crop even in the kitchen garden. It thrives in well-drained red soil as well as sandy loam soil but not in saline soils.

Ø  Since seed germination rate is very poor, it is propagated vegetatively.

Ø  Stevia is the only natural sweetner available in the market. Stevia is a south american native sweetner plant of sunflower family.

Ø  It is used for sweetening for centuries in Paraguay and has been in use since last 400 years across the world. It is the only sweetner which does not have any side effect.

Ø  It reduces the calories from your food which make it a suitable replacement of sugar for calorie concious as well diabetic people.

Ø  It is also being found by people that the regular use ofstevia helps in reactivating the insulin secreting cells in pencreas. The raw stevia leaves are around 35 – 40 times sweeter than sugar, stevia extract are sweet upto 300 times of ordinary sugar.

Ø  The stevia is safest low calorie sweetner without any side effect. Stevia and steavia powder extract are marketed in many countries across the globes.

Ø  Stevia is also useful in lowering blood sugar and it reduces the tooth cavity hence it can be used in tooth pastes in place of sugar to avoid tooth decay. Stevia leaf powder can be used as a face pack with rose water as it posseses great anti wrinkle qualities in it.

Ø  Other than this stevia and its extract can be used in any and every place where one require sweetning and the good thing is that it does not have any side effect and is perfectly safe.

 

Basil (tulsi)

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Eudicots (unranked): Asterids

Order: Lamiales

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Ocimum

Species: O. basilicum

 

Ø  Every part of basil is useful, that’s why it is considered very auspicious in Indian homes. It is an effective preventive aid for many diseases and its fresh leaves can be chewed to cure mouth ulcers as well as cough and cold.

Ø  It also has anti-stress, antihypertensive and anti-bacterial properties. For planting, scatter seeds in a nursery pot or flat tray filled with any standard potting soil and cover them with a small amount of soil.

Ø   Water gently but thoroughly and place it in a sunny location. Expect germination in about one week. When young plants are three to four inches tall, transplant them to a sunny spot in the garden.

Ø  After they’re established, they require little water. Tulsi plants will self-sow and often reward you with new plants the following spring.

Ashwagandha

 

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Eudicots (unranked): Asterids

Order: Solanales

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Withania

Species: W. Somnifera

 

Ø  Also called the Indian ginseng, its roots, leaves and fruits (berry) possess tremendous medicinal value and are used as sedatives, cardioprotective and anti-arthritic agents as well as antioxidants.

Ø  Two leaves eaten with lukewarm water with half a spoon of honey and a pinch of black salt help reduce obesity. It grows well in sandy loam or light red soil and requires dry season during its growing period.

Ø  For planting, sprinkle tiny seeds onto the surface and rake in lightly. Mist regularly so that the surface does not dry out at till the seedlings have developed a deep root system.

  • High humidity is good for initial germination but will encourage fungal problems later. Seedlings can be transplanted when 10 cm tall and germination should be expected within two weeks. So, water generously while young and sparingly when older.

Medication

The berries can be used as a substitute for rennet, to coagulate milk in cheese making.[2] The berries and leaves are traditionally used a topical treatment for tumors and tubercular glands, carbuncles and ulcers.[2][5][6]

While Ashwagandha is claimed to have a wide variety of health benefits, there have been few clinical trials to test these claims. Studies completed so far support that W. somnifera may possibly be beneficial for:

  • easing drug withdrawal symptoms[7]
  • reducing anxiety [8]
  • reducing arthritis pain in the knee [9][10]

In addition, there are registered clinical trials in progress to determine if W. sominifera is useful for treating:

  • Tuberculosis[11]
  • Parkinsons Disease[12]
  • Bone Cancer[13]
  • Bipolar disorder[14]
  • Diabetes[15][16]
  • improve the well-being of the elderly and breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy[17][18]

 

Citronella

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

Ø  This plant has been used for years to keep annoying bugs away. So it makes sense to grow it in your garden, doesn’t it? It looks especially good when grown as an ornamental grass in mixed borders.

Ø  It requires abundant moisture and sunshine for good growth. Sandy loam soil with abundant organic matter is the most suitable for its growth, while heavy clay soils and sandy soils are to be avoided.

Ø  Propagation is done by splitting large clumps into several smaller ones. Besides these, some equally popular and easy-togrow herbs are mint, parsley, curry leaves, oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary. So go on, let your garden patch bloom with health and happiness.

Ø  Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Ø  Color: Clear

Ø  Consistency: Thin

Ø  Perfumery Note: Top

Ø  Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Ø  Aromatic Description: Citrusy (similar to lemongrass), slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.

Ø  It is time tested and scientifically validated to be the bvest natural repellant for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and lice.

Ø  CONSTITUENTS: Citronellol 20% to 40%, Geraniol, Citral, Methyl-eugenol and various terpentine.

Ø  GENERAL INFORMATION: Good insect repellant. It can be used by itself or in combination with other Essential Oils.

 

 

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