On gardening: 5 medicinal herbs you can easily grow at home

On gardening: 5 medicinal herbs you can easily grow at home

Herbal medicine is not only good for your health, but also for your mind. Gardening is a great hobby and if you combine it with the ancient practice of herbal medicine, it will also help you unwind. This is how you can stay healthy while you grow gorgeous plants to use in your kitchen.

After 2020, if there is something that we have learnt, is that it is a good idea to initiate some positive changes in your life. Why not start creating your own little pharmacy on your balcony or even your apartment window? It is always good to have some medicinal plants to use when you need them, but it would also be good if you could grow them yourself. 

There is a long list of medicinal herbs that you can grow at home. Some can be used as teas or condiments, others just as condiments, others just as healing teas or ingredients for relaxing creams. Usually, these types of plants do not need special care, but they can give you many benefits.

Here are 5 medicinal plants that you can start growing at home:

1. 1. Rosemary

Rosemary is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds

Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, rosemary is not just a great addition to your baked potatoes: It’s great for memory and concentration and also improves digestion. It can also be used in sweet and savoury dishes or even drank as a tea. As rosemary seeds might take ages to germinate,  buying young plants instead is a better idea. The good thing is that rosemary requires little maintenance, just make sure to keep the plant well-watered during dry seasons and cut back annually.

Try these absolutely delicious rosemary cookies!

2. 2. Basil

Basil can be used as an infusion

Basil is a super tasty herb, that is also recommended for rheumatism and muscular pains. Can be used as an infusion, or for topping pasta dishes, in your salads and some also use it for sweet foods. Basil grows well in warm environments that receive about six hours of sun each day, be careful not to flood the plant: Water the pot only when the soil is dry to touch.

3. 3. Aloe Vera

Aloe is good for your skin

Aloe-vera is the holy grail of plants. It works wonders for your skin, for your hair and body in general. It is a magic gel that relieves pain, protects the skin, is excellent as a toothpaste and is an extraordinary antioxidant if ingested. Aloe is best kept in temperatures between 13 and 27°C (about 55 to 80°F), but it grows virtually all over the world. Water deeply but infrequently, about once every 2 weeks.

4. 4. Mint

Mint is good for circulation

MInt is amazing for circulation and is a great digestive tea. Apart from being tasty and great for the body, mint plants require minimal care. Water the plant regularly if grown indoors -Most will tolerate shade, and the variegated types may require some protection from direct sun.

5. 5. Parsley

Parsley is recommended for hypertension

It is especially recommended for hypertension. Keep your parsley plant near a sunny window, keep the soil lightly moist and empty the saucer under the pot after every watering. Feed the plants every two weeks.  And another advantage is that you can grow other herbs in the same container.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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