TURN YOUR HOME INTO A HEALTHY ZONE

Here’s how to keep var­i­ous ail­ments at bay by mak­ing your own herb gar­den

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Deek­shita Baruah deek­shita. baruah@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

HERB GAR­DEN

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

ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion

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