Herbs that promote excellent health and delay the ageing process
It is indeed a challenge to stay healthy in today’s stressful world. Fortunately nature has blessed us with its resources, which if used wisely can help us to be healthy. Herbs are one of those resources.
Herb is a plant with seeds, leaves and flowers that is used as food, medicine and perfume. Some herbs are used as perfumes. Herbs’ stem do not produce woody persistent tissue. They usually die at the end of each growing season.
Herbs are annual, biennial or perennial plants. Many of them are good for human health. Here is a brief overview of some herbs that promote excellent health. They also delay the ageing process.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinary herb. It is also known as St. Joseph’s Wort. Originally from India, basil has many health benefits. Some communities in India worship basil and have been using this herb for thousands of years.
Basil is well-know for its antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Regular use of this herb prevents many types of cancer. In a research study, basil decreased the occurrence of platelet aggregation and experimental thrombus in mice.
Basil is used to treat diabetes. It is found to provide relief from stress. It promotes a healthy skin and is used to treat pimples in some parts of the world. Basil provides relief from asthma symptoms.
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How to grow basil
Basil is an easy-to-grow herb. It is advisable to start seed indoors four to six weeks before last frost. Once two sets of leaves are formed, you may plant them in the garden. It is important to prune this herb. Pinch off the top two pairs of leaves once a stalk reaches a reasonable height. When you notice flower buts, you need to pinch them with pairs of leaves under them.
Echinacea is flowering herb that belongs to the daisy family. It is used to treat cold and flu. It boosts the immune system. In fact it stimulates the immune system to produce lymphocytes. These lymphocytes destroy harmful microorganisms like bacteria and virus.
Echinacea aids in production of interferon in the body. This chemical eliminates harmful viruses. Echinacea is used to treat genital herpes, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, blood stream infections, gum diseases, tonsillitis and typhoid.
Echinacea is found to cure streptococcus infections, syphilis, malaria, diphtheria, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, ADHD, rattlesnake bites, pain and dizziness. This amazing herb has proved its effectiveness in preventing various harmful medical conditions.
How to grow Echinacea
Echinacea is grown from the seed. It is advisable to sow the seeds in spring. Seeds germinate in 10-20 days. This herb prefers part shade to full sun. It blooms from June to October. It is advisable to keep the soil neutral.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an evergreen herb. Also known as garden sage and garden sage, this perennial herb has grayish leaves and blue to purplish flowers. It has many culinary and medicinal uses.
Sage is well-known for its antifungal and antibiotic properties. Sage may benefit people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It is used to treat hyperlipidemia. It is also used as an antisweating agent.
Sage promotes shrinkage of mucous membranes or exposed tissues and may be used internally to check discharge of blood serum or mucous secretions. It provides relief from sore throat, peptic ulcers and diarrhea. It expedites the healing process.
Sage suppresses muscle spasms. It promotes an excellent digestive system. It also prevents many types of cancer. It may prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus by lowering the plasma glucose in individuals at risk.
How to grow sage
Sage can be grown from either seeds or cuttings. It grows well in rich clay loam that is rich in nitrogen. It is advisable to plant this herb in late spring. When the plants are small, keep the soil moist. After they grow, water only when the soil is dry. Sage requires full sun. You need to harvest before it flowers.
Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial with many health benefits. It is an energy-booster and a well-known aphrodisiac. It is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It enhances wakefulness, locomotion and alertness. It promotes mental and physical health.
Ginseng promotes a healthy respiratory system. It provides relief from symptoms of influenza. It may prevent cancer. It promotes a healthy nervous system. It is considered safe even in large amounts, but overdose has to be avoided. Pregnant ladies and people with high blood pressure should not use ginseng.
How to grow ginseng
Ginseng grows well in loamy, well-drained soil without excessive clay. It is advisable to sow the seeds in the fall. It takes seven to ten years for the plants to mature. You may harvest the mature plants.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is daisy-like herb with many health benefits. It is used to treat insomnia, gum disease, eczema, mouth ulcers and anxiety. It cures any inflammation in the bowel and promotes a good digestive system.
Chamomile strengthens the nerves. It reduces stress and tension. It is well-known for its antimicrobial properties. It destroys bacteria that cause infections in the body. Pregnant woman and nursing mothers should not use chamomile as it can cause uterine contractions.
How to grow chamomile
Plant chamomile seeds indoors during late winter, around 5 weeks before the last frost. Cover the planting tray with a plastic grocery bag. You need to check the seeds every day.
When the seeds germinate, remove the plastic and move the tray to a sunny window. Pinch the growing tip from each seedling. Plant them in your garden after preparing the soil suitably.
You need to water these herbs regularly. Harvest the chamomile flowers by cutting the blooms with a pair of garden shears. Trim the plants down to the ground in autumn using a week trimmer.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is known by various names like Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, ajagandha, amangura, amukkirag, asan, asana, asgand and winter cherry.
Ashwagandha has many health benefits and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. It prevents and cures inflammation. It is used to treat blood pressure. It provides relief from anxiety and promotes mental health.
Ashwagandha provides relief from symptoms of arthritis. It is used to treat tumors, insomnia, tuberculosis, asthma, leukoderma, bronchitis, back pain, menstrual problems, fibromyalgia, chronic liver problems and hiccups.
Ashwagandha increases the capacity to think. It is used to treat fertility problems and is a well-known aphrodisiac. It heals the wounds quickly. It is found to benefit people affected by hemiplegia.
How to grow ashwagandha
You need to sprinkle ashwagandha seeds on a well-prepared ground. The surface must be moist till the seeds germinate. You may transplant the seedlings when they are around 10 cm tall. It takes around two weeks for the seeds to germinate. Water generously when the herb is young and sparingly when it is older. Excessive wetness may cause fungal problems.
The above-mentioned herbs help you and your family members lead a happy, healthy and long life. Growing them in your garden and using them regularly is ensuring your family’s good health and general well-being.
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