It is no wonder that farm-fresh foods are in demand. Everybody is trying to buy locally grown produce which is so much better and more beneficial from the store bought. But there are more and more people who opt for producing their own food by making urban farms or even rooftop gardens. If you don’t have the space to grow plants outdoors, there is always the possibility to grow them in your home. It is best to choose plants that are not only tasty to consume but also healthy and healing. There are so many medicinal vegetables, fruits and herbs to choose from. Our list will definitely make you choose which are the best for you and which will thrive best in your home. Take a look…
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the healthiest plants you can easily grow. It’s juice can be used for digestive problems and appetite, chronic constipation and ulcerative colitis, while the sap inside those big leaves heals burns, eczema, skin allergies as well as cuts. Aloe is a drought resistant plant that just needs moist soil and sun exposure.
Sage is a herb that is widely used for culinary, but also for medicinal purposes. Sage is a natural stimulant, antibiotic, astringent, tonic and carminative and also contains anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is used for treating many conditions like heartburn, gas, stomach pain, gingivitis, painful periods, asthma and many more. In order to grow it in your home you will have to make sure it gets enough sunlight. Also i requires a well drained, fertile soil.
Parsley is definitely a superfood. It can be used to treat the itchiness and pain of insect bites by bruising the leaves and applying them directly to affected skin. For urinary infections as well as cough from common cold prepare yourself a parsley tea. You can enjoy parsley’s health benefits by including it in your every day meals. And you can easily grow it in your own home. Just choose a container that is at least 6 inches deep and place it in a sunny spot. If it doesn’t receive enough light use a lamp to keep it healthy.
Filled with micro nutrients, this healthy plant is a great choice for an indoor medicinal garden. As long as there is moisture nettle can grow everywhere! This is a very nourishing plant that offers a gentle, nutritional boost to your diet. High in iron and potassium, nettles are used as a blood purifier. They are also a great addition to stews, soups and teas.
You will be surprised of all the different uses of this herb. You can eat the leaves which are very tasty, the petals can be also added in salads and the root can be used dried and grounded as a substitute for coffee. As for medicinal use, the blossom is added to oil and infused, to relieve aching muscles. The leaves and root are used in oils and teas to treat the liver as well as for soothing the skin. Now we are sure that you will never consider the yellow dandelion as a weed again but a healthy herb to grow in your home.
Basil simply has to be on this list. Basil has antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, basil can be used for treating nausea, gas, lack of appetite, cough, acne, kidney stone etc. Keep your basil indoors, especially during winter as it is cold sensitive. Basil needs lots of sun and watering on regular basis.
Also known as Holy Basil, Tulsi is one of the most health beneficial herbs. It is called the “Queen of the herbs” for a reason. Tulsi is an effective remedy for the Severe acute Respiratory Syndrom, indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia and cholera. while the juice of its leaves gives relief in cold, fever, bronchitis and cough. It also helps in curing malaria while the oil of this sacred herb can be used as ear drops. The best thing is you can grow Tulsi in your home. Make sure you have a high quality soil with perlite as well as an all purpose fertilizer. Place your plant in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun.
Mushrooms are so tasty, but they are also very beneficial for your health. They are packed with vitamin c and fiber but most importantly they are a source of antioxidants and contain cancer-fighting compounds. It is easy to grow mushrooms in your home. You can get a growing kit or simply grow them in a laundry basket. Just search the internet and you will find many ways to grow mushrooms indoors and you can choose the one that suits you the best.
This healthy superfood is often use for calming nausea and motion sickness and reducing inflammation. But its use doesn’t stop there. It is believed that ginger can alleviate symptoms of arthritis as well as slow the growth of cancer cells. And it is one of the easiest plants to grow in your home. Just purchase a chunk of ginger from the grocery store and cover it with some soil in a container. Place it in a spot that receives indirect sunlight and keep it moist until new growth starts to show.
Last but not least, lemons are a true superfood you can grow in the commodity of your own home. Consuming lemons can help decrease heart disease risk, reduce inflammation, and fight some cancers. This fruit is filled with vitamin C and tons of antioxidants as well. To grow it home purchase a two or three year old plant from some of the dwarf varieties. Keep it an area that will receive eight to 12 hours of sunlight each day and water it regularly.