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Turn you Goan backyard into a medicinal herb garden

Do you ever stare at your backyard and wonder if you could convert that empty space into a medicinal herb garden? Look no further; here’s a guide to the medicinal herbs that relieve common ailments like indigestion, stress, anxiety, sunburn, headaches, coughs, colds, and more that flourish in Goa!

1.Tulsi

There are four types of tulsi mentioned in ayurvedic texts. Tusli is known as the queen of herbs and known for its remarkable healing properties. Tulsi oil can be used against insects and bacteria. The Rama Tulsi is the effective remedy for the Severe acute Respiratory Syndrome. The juice of its leaves gives relief in cold, fever, bronchitis and cough. In addition, Tulsi oil is also used as the ear drop. Tea extracted from the Tulsi leaves helps in curing malaria. It is very effective against indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia and cholera. Many Hindus wear the Tulsi beads, which is said to have certain physical and medicinal properties.

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2.  Aloe Vera

The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing & reducing the risk of infections for wounds, cuts, burns and reducing inflammation. Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice), chronic constipation, poor appetite and digestive problems.

3.  Basil

You must have used basil lot many times in food but have you ever tried it to heal flatulence? It has the power to treat cuts, lack of appetite, stomach gas and scrapes. They are easy to grow in small areas like flower pots or in the corners of your garden.

4. Thyme

It is mostly known for its strong antiseptic nature. It is wonderful when it comes to the treatment of congestion, stomach gas and coughs. It is also used in various Italian dishes to enhance the flavour.

5. Fenugreek or Methi

Fenugreek seeds are nourishing and have many health benefits. It is taken to encourage weight gain (for anorexics), inhibit cancer of the liver, lower blood cholesterol levels, and to treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines. It also is used for body building, for late onset diabetes, poor digestion, insufficient lactation and painful menstruation.

6. Lemon Grass

Lemongrass has been reported to have innumerable therapeutic and other health benefits. Such as alleviate certain respiratory conditions including laryngitis and sore throats, anti-pyretic property which reduces high fevers, useful for all types of pain including abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, digestive tract spasms, muscle cramps, stomach ache and others. Lemongrass inhibits bacteria and yeast growth. It is beneficial for nervous and stress-related conditions.

7. Sage

Grown all over the world, it is a colourful plant native to the Mediterranean, marked by blue, purple, white and pink flowers and leaves. The herb has a reputation for treating digestion, muscular spasms and mental problems. Full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, sage boosts the immune system and can be used to treat fungal infections. Research suggests sage extract can improve cognitive function and may even serve as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The herb is an aesthetically pleasing addition to any garden and can enhance the flavour of many dishes.

8. Parsley

Don’t think of it as decorative on your plate; this medicinal herb is loaded with nutrients as well as healing powers to help with flatulence and bad breath. Parsley grows well in Goa due to its fertile soil and plenty of water.

9. Rosemary

This medicinal herb helps memory and concentration improves mood—and sweetens breath.

10. Chamomile

Use the flower heads of this medicinal herb for infusions and salves to relieve indigestion, colic, anxiety, tension, skin inflammations, sunburns and irritations.

So there you have it folks! Put on your gloves and grab you spade. Happy Gardening!

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