Lemongrass and Basil: Two Great Herbals for Homemade Remedies
Lemongrass, the Famous Tea Grass
Family of the: Poaceae
Common name: Lemongrass, Lemongrass, Citronella Grass, and Barbed Wire Grass
Scientific name: Cymbopogon
Where it grows
Lemongrass is originally from the Asian continent but it grows worldwide now in areas where the heat is neither unbearable nor the cold far too cold. It grows best in places where it won’t have to face frost or snow specially USDA zones 10 through 12. Be careful when planting as it may take over your yard.
It enjoys humid warm areas with loamy fertile soil. Like most tropical plants it enjoys a lot of direct sun on it. The better that the drain on the soil the healthier the plant. Keep these details in mind and you’ll be growing lemongrass soon enough.
Perennial grass. It doesn’t get simpler than that. It's grass with blades that can grow up to almost two meters in height. It can stay alive for a little over three years and its stems are quite thick. This certain type of grass grows in clumps and can be harvested four to eight months after planting. To propagate it stalks from the rhizome of an adult plant are taken and planted elsewhere. If you live in areas where rain is scarce and nitrogen levels are low you might want to consider getting a fertilizer with high nitrogen levels and new hose. Water the grass a couple of times a day and you should be gold.
Properties and Uses
Lemongrass possesses a couple of minerals like iron and magnesium. It is usually sought after because of its aroma. But it isn’t great in the nutritional aspect for humans.
This herbal is normally used to make tea. However lemongrass oils can be used in aromatherapy to treat muscle pain and myalgia. It can also be used as a flavoring ingredient in foods and beverages. The tea is usually drunk to help treat the common cold and fevers. It is also used to add fragrance to soaps and shampoos. Disclaimer: lemon grass tea taken thoroughly over long periods of time has proven to be toxic.
Basil Seeds - Large Leaf Italian Basil Organic Seeds
BASIL SEEDS - LARGE LEAF ITALIAN BASIL ORGANIC SEEDS: (Oeimum Basilicum) Annual. (18-24") Popular and easy to grow annual that develops into an attractive, bushy plant 1.5-2'/46-61 cm tall. Aromatic leaves have a spicy, clover-like flavor popular in tomato dishes, soups, stews, spaghetti, fish, poultry, and salads. Grow indoors or out. When and Where to Plant: Select a sunny location and sow seed as soon as the ground can be worked. For an earlier crop start indoors. Makes for an attractive potted plant. Cultivate soil and enrich with vegetable food. Firm soil over seed. Care: Keep soil moist and clean. Harvest: Cut stem just before flowers open, strip leaves and use fresh, or dry on tray in dark, airy place. Leaves may be frozen. Planting Depth: 1/4"/6 mm Seed Spacing: 1"/3 cm Spacing Between Rows: 18"/46 cm Days to Germination: 14-18 Space after Thinning: 6-8"/15-20 cm Days to Maturity: 80-90
Basil: Pasta Lovers, Love it
Family of the: Lamiaceae
Common name: Basil
Scientific name: Ocimum basilicum
Where it grows
Popular in the Mediterranean cuisine, basil is thought to be originally from the Mediterranean but that is a common misconception. Basil is actually known to come from India and then adopted by the Mediterranean community as a culinary spice. The British didn’t bring Basil into America until the 16th century. Basil grows best in soil with low acidity that drains well. They also enjoy quite a lot of sunlight and are sensitive to cold weathers.
Basil is, sadly, one of the perennial herbal plants with ovate bright green leaves. It blooms with clusters of white flowers and can grow up to four feet in height. Despite the fact that these plants are perennial they can live after a year if proper care is given. Basil flowers can vary in hue from white to purple so don’t be alarmed if you encounter a plant with purple flowers.
Properties and Uses
Basil contains vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals: Manganese, copper, calcium and iron. It also has properties that help fend off bacteria, simmer down inflammation and aid you in maintaining your cardiovascular health.
Basil is mostly used in the kitchen (the Italian cooking community is especially fond of this herb) Pasta sauce never sounded any better!, but it has other medicinal uses. It can be used to sooth a sting bite if the leaf is chewed and applied topically.
Article by: Alain Gutiérrez