These days, ailments and diseases have become common phenomena, but it is not feasible to go for a medical treatment every time you encounter such a health problem, as strong medicines can have side effects and also be expensive. , a great alternative to combat such conditions and ailments is herbs you can easily grow in your kitchen garden. They can be used both as food and medicine, adding fresh new flavor to your food as well as helping you treat several common ailments. You can easily planting and maintain these herbs at home, without needing much space, care and time.
Here is a list of 10 herbs for your kitchen garden
1. Fenugreek/methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek is an ideal herb, which you can easily grow in your kitchen garden. It is rich in nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which makes it useful for diseases like diabetes, digestive ailments like flatulence and indigestion, sore throat, acne, pimples, menopausal problems, baldness and dandruff. Besides this, the herb is a natural detoxifier and reduces LDL cholesterol. You can grow it easily by sprinkling its seeds in moistened loose layers of soil, while the requireneed warm temperature and little sunlight to germinate.
2. Basil/Tulsi (Ocimum Basilicum)
Next among the best kitchen garden herbs is basil, which is known for its amazing aroma and medicinal values. It has a large number of curative properties, combating ailments like cough, cold, menstrual cramps, indigestion and skin problems. It can be easily grown by sprinkling seeds in a pot containing some moistened soil.
3. Coriander/dhania (Coriandrum sativum)
Coriander or cilantro is an aromatic herb, which provides relief from common ailments like stomach cramps, nausea, heartburn and bloating, besides adding a wonderful flavor to food. It also brings down blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the body and promotes weight loss by stimulating fat metabolism. Coriander is annual plant, which can be grown by planting its seeds in well-drained soil.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another amazing kitchen garden herb, which has numerous medicinal properties like anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, healing and moisturizing actions. The aloe vera gel can be used for problems like acne and pimples, cuts and wounds, reducing LDL cholesterol and blood sugar, constipation and asthma. It can be grown in a terra cotta pot using seeds, stem or leaf cuttings, and needs moderate sunlight and watering.
5. Fennel/saunf (Foeniculum vulgare)
Next among ideal kitchen garden herbs is fennel, which is a traditional mouth freshener and a cooling her. Fennel is loaded with nutrients like fiber, vitamin A, C, E and B-complex, copper, iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium. It has a curative effect on digestive problems like bloating, constipation and colic pain, cough, cold, bad breath and menstrual pain. It can be grown easily in pots, in well drained, fertile soil and sunny conditions.
6. Curry leaves (Bergera koenigii/Murraya koenigii)
Curry leaves are known for providing a wonderful flavor to food, besides being effective to get rid of problems like diarrhea, dysentery, constipation and liver disorders. Other benefits of this curative herb include control of blood sugar and LDL cholesterol levels. It can also prevent hair fall and premature hair graying. You can grow curry leaves by planting seeds or stem cuttings in moist, well-drained soil in pots.
7. Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Another wonderful herb for your kitchen garden is lemon grass. It is effective for respiratory ailments, digestive problems and menstrual pain. This herb also stimulates appetite and acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agent. Lemon grass tea can relieve stress, colic and muscle cramps. You can plant the saplings of lemon grass in garden soil and then transplant these in pots with moist soil after 10 days.
8. Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
Dill is a bitter flavored aromatic herb, which can add a unique flavor to various dishes like salads, soups, meats and curries. This herb is great for improving digestion, prevent diarrhea and dysentery and also relieve insomnia and hiccups. You can grow dill by sowing the seeds in early spring season.
9. Mint (Peppermint/Spearmint)
Yet another herb, which you can grow easily in your kitchen garden, is mint. This herb is used for flavoring dishes as well as teas. It acts as a digestion enhancer and appetite stimulant. You can grow it by planting roots in fertile soil in spring or autumn season.
10. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Parsley is an aromatic herb, which you can easily add to your kitchen garden. Besides using it for flavoring and garnishing, you can derive its benefits like soothing, diuretic and laxative properties. Problems like hypertension, kidney stone, insect bites, bad breath, chest congestion, menstrual pain, rheumatism, burns and morning sickness can be treated with this herb. It can be germinated in pots, using pre soaked seeds.
All these herbs in your kitchen gardens can be used as simple home remedies for day to day ailments.