TURN YOUR HOME INTO A HEALTHY ZONE
Here’s how to keep various ailments at bay by making your own herb garden
While the air pollution on the roads is rising to alarming levels in the country, especially in Delhi, the air inside your home can also be equally polluted with toxic chemicals.
According to a survey by World Health Organisation, indoor pollution in India caused 34% strokes, 26% heart diseases, 22% COPD, 12% acute lower respiratory infections in children and 6% lung cancer fatalities. But worry not, here are a some easy-to-implement ideas to turn your home into a healthy zone.
Air pollution impacts all, and you’ll do yourself a world of good by giving yourself a protective shield with an herb garden.
HOW TO DO IT
First things first! Keep in mind what kind of light comes into your home and its intensity. The best way to make a herb garden at home is to take one rectangular pot and fill the base with one inch of gravel. Then, cover the pot with five inches of well-drained soil/vermi compost.
WHAT TO PLANT
“If you have 2 to 3 hours of light indoors, then grow rosemary, oregano and curry leaves. For areas that have natural sunlight for around 3 to 5 hours, plants like thyme, tarragon and chives are the best,” suggests Shaan Lalwani,alwani director of Vriksha Nursery in Mumbai. Mamta Bargale, founder of Bengaluru’s Orchid Tree, adds Italian basil, mint and cilantro to the list. “These three plants are easy to grow and are pretty useful in the kitchen too. You can use them for their strong aromatic properties — garnish your food with them, mix them with juices/cocktails or simply use them whole,” she says.
Another favourite with horticulturists is Stevia Rebaudiana. Says Ashish Lakhanpal, founder of The Plant Studio in Delhi: “Stevia is a natural sweetener. It also controls the blood pressure level.”
WHY IS IT HELPFUL?
Basil contains high quantities of (E)-betacaryophyllene, which is useful in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Oregano contains omega-3, iron, manganese and antioxidants that help treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps and urinary tract disorders.
Rich in antioxidant properties, curry leaves control diarrhea, indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, and diabetes.
Mint helps with digestion, nausea and headaches, asthma, depression and fatigue, cough and respiratory problem.
Antimicrobial properties of cilantro help you detoxify. RichR in Vitamin A and antioxidants, thyme protects from colon cancer, breast cancer, food-borne bacteria, hypertension, stomach ache and arthritis.
Rich in potassium and the Vitamin A, tarragon is good for overall eye health and heart health. It also acts as an effective remedy against toothache. This nutrient dense food can help fight prostate, esophageal and stomach cancer.
Ashwagandha, or Indian gooseberry treats various disorders
Rosemary boosts memory and can also as a strong anti-oxidant. Snakeplant thrives on its own and is very effective in reducing levels of