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Dis­cover the se­cret to a healthy life­style

With in­sight­ful in­puts from gar­den en­thu­si­ast Harpreet Ah­luwalia, Earthly Cre­ations, TIHG brings to you the ‘easy-to-find’ plants for your own ther­apy ses­sion

The idea of a heal­ing gar­den is both an­cient and mod­ern. Per­sian gar­den, the Ja­pa­nese Zen gar­den and the Monas­tic Clois­ter gar­dens are some of the ex­am­ples of a heal­ing en­vi­ron­ment, which ap­peared through­out his­tory in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. To­day, all over the world plants are used to treat dis­eases in most cul­tures. And many of us aren’t even aware that many herbal reme­dies can be found in our own gar­den it­self.

Ac­cord­ing to Harpreet Ah­luwalia, “Plants are the most safe and trusty source for heal­ing dis­eases like fun­gal in­fec­tion, anx­i­ety, mi­graine, in­som­nia and de­pres­sion, skin in­fec­tions, skin ir­ri­ta­tion, an­ticancer, anti-vi­ral. Plants have qual­i­ties of fight­ing the germs and bac­te­ria bet­ter than chem­i­cal lo­tions and medicines, and with no side ef­fects.”

Here are some of the medic­i­nal plants and herbs that you can eas­ily find in your gar­den or that can be eas­ily grown there.

Basil Plant – Basil adds a rich flavour to all types of food, hence most peo­ple have a Basil plant in their gar­den or home. It is even called as Holy Basil in In­dia. But did you know that the early Greeks used its leaves to cure scor­pion stings? It was also used as disease fight­ing anti-ox­i­dants by an­cient Ro­mans. You can use Basil leaves to treat and heal cuts, scrapes and mi­nor abra­sions. It helps to elim­i­nate gas, ease PMS symp­toms, im­prove your ap­petite and re­lieve stress. Basil can also be used to treat sore throat pain, re­duce fevers, treat res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems and it may even help in pre­vent­ing kid­ney stones.

Pep­per­mint – It is one of the most safe and nat­u­ral an­ti­sep­tic and anti-mi­cro­bial. It is also known to soothe headaches, skin ir­ri­ta­tions, pain, flat­u­lence. Ac­cord­ing to some stud­ies, Pep­per­mint also has an­tibac­te­rial and anti-vi­ral prop­er­ties. Pep­per­mint oil is very much ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive against skin is­sues, it helps in keep­ing the skin cool and elim­i­nates dan­druff or lice from the scalp, and may even con­trib­ute to hair growth.

Aloe Vera – One of the most com­mon plant we can see in most of the houses. As we all know, aloe vera pu­ri­fies air and also con­tains gel liq­uid, which you can ap­ply to re­lieve sun­burn, acne, ir­ri­tated, and dry skin. It also im­proves di­ges­tive sys­tem, strength­ens the im­mune sys­tem and heals wounds. If we can pro­tect our skin and keep it nour­ished by na­ture, with­out any fear of side ef­fect, then why opt chem­i­cals upon nat­u­ral so­lu­tion?

Rose­mary – It also has many qual­i­ties and ben­e­fits and mostly peo­ple are un­aware about them. For cen­turies, Rose­mary has been in­volved in re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion, al­le­vi­at­ing mus­cle pain, boost­ing im­mune sys­tem and cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem. It also con­tains an­ti­fun­gal and an­ti­sep­tic prop­er­ties, which makes this a safer sub­sti­tute to the creams we use. Also, Rose­mary es­sen­tial oil is used in aro­mather­apy to boost mem­ory and im­prove your mood.

Laven­der – It is one of the most ef­fec­tive heal­ing plants, which you must add to your gar­den if you don’t have it in your col­lec­tion. Laven­der has the abil­ity to re­lieve stress, im­prove mood. It’s fra­grance gives a rest­ful sleep. It also helps to re­duce skin ir­ri­ta­tion prob­lems, elim­i­nate dan­druff and hair fall, and is ben­e­fi­cial for heal­ing stom­ach re­lated prob­lems.

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