Imagine waking up to the sight of lush greenery every single day. No, you don’t have to move to the countryside for this to happen. A simple home garden will do the trick. And if you think it’s a tough goal to achieve, you wrong again. Your little home garden is an easy feat even if you live in the city and do not own a yard. All you need is to imagine this in your mind first.
The idea is to wisely utilise the tiny spaces you have around. Hence window gardens are in vogue for all the right reasons. Since you are thinking of decking up your windows with plants, why not also use Indian medicinal plants. They are widely available, affordable, smell great, keep the room cool, and supply oxygen. What more can one ask for? Benefits of these plants extend to mental wellness too. Studies show that people with indoor plants are more productive than others.
If you are new to gardening and totally clueless about which plants to choose, we have got you covered. Here are eight Indian medicinal plants that can improve your health, calm your mind along with enhancing the appearance of the interior of your room.
Aloe Vera is the overachiever of the plant kingdom. The gel inside the thick fleshy leaves has superpowers. It contains bioactive compounds such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Making them part of your window garden can be handy. The plant is known for its cosmetic benefits with reasons. If you need a quick fix for the acne scar before going to the party next week, apply the fresh and pure Aloe Vera gel.
The benefits of Aloe Vera doesn’t end there. Polyphenols, an antioxidant compound in Aloe Vera has antibacterial properties which will put an instant stop to infections. It can also keep blood sugar in check, promote the health of the liver, and speed up the healing of skin burns. Not to mention that the long leaves with pleasant green colour is refreshing.
Tulsi has an age-old connection with Indian culture. Since ancient times, there was no house without a holy basil plant in India. They were part of life to a point where the plant was worshipped. This worship kind of feeling is not without a reason. It was considered as an aid to the body, mind, and the spirit. The soothing smell itself is enough reason to add it to your window garden.
The Tulsi plant is an adaptogen and is excellent in reducing stress and anxiety. Adding three or four leaves to the drinking water or tea or bathing water is highly beneficial. It can improve the metabolism and promote a healthy sleep cycle. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which will help in healing wounds and infections.
Curry leaves are widely used in Indian cuisines for their aroma and rich iron content. Adding them to your window garden will spare you the trouble of buying them from the market every now and then. Within a few months, you will have an endless supply of home grown, organic, fresh curry leaves.
Regular consumption of curry leaves can aid in weight loss and prevent calcium deficiency. Dried and ground curry leaves in a glass of buttermilk is the ultimate solution for diarrhoea, constipation, and dysentery. Pregnant women can’t have enough of it as curry leaves can be of great help in managing morning sickness.
This FDA approved Ayurveda herb doesn’t need a recommendation as it has been part of Indian medicine since ancient times. It is called 'Amrita' in Sanskrit which translates to the root of immortality. It is the go-to remedy for detox as it is rich in antioxidants. Its ability to fight free radicals boosts immunity and keep heart diseases at bay.
Giloy is anti-pyretic in nature and helps in treating recurrent fever. Drinking giloy juice will balance the blood sugar level. It is highly recommended for type 2 diabetes patients. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce cold, cough, tonsil infections and respiratory problems. This one is a creeper which will climb on the window grills. Throw in some fairy lights, and you have got a healthy dreamy window garden.
This one will add some colour to your garden. The reddish-green flowers will turn purple after full bloom. This change in colour is due to their acidic nature. Indian sorrel is popular for improving eyesight, muscle strength, hair growth, and promoting the production of haemoglobin.
Indian sorrel is a nutrient-rich plant with plenty of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B9, C, oxalic acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, irons, and flavonoids. Indian sorrel has a sharp tart taste. The flavonoids are purgative and helpful in detoxifying your body. It can reduce bloating while flushing out toxins.
This ancient medicinal herb is a powerful adaptogen that promotes mental wellness by helping the body to cope with stress and anxiety. It is a must-have for people suffering from anxiety and depression. It effectively reduces cortisol levels. This ancient resort can improve memory and other cognitive function as well. Adding Ashwagandha to your window garden will be visually pleasing too since they have yellow flowers.
Lemongrass has one of the most refreshing fragrances. A cup of lemongrass tea is the best way to start a day. What is even more amazing is that you can grow this at home as an indoor plant. Gave it plenty of water and place it in a spot which receives a lot of sunlight, and you shall begin the day with the citrusy flavour of lemongrass. Lemongrass tea is known to be one of the best herbal teas.
Lemongrass has cooling properties which soothe the inner lining of the stomach and it eases digestion. Regular intake of lemongrass tea will keep bloating away too. If you miss a workout session or two, you can compensate with the lemongrass goodness. It boosts metabolism and hence burns fat effectively. Lemongrass is an excellent companion for women as it possesses the ability to relieve menstrual pain.
Carom is a spice that Indian households are familiar with. But the flavour isn’t the only thing they bring to the table. Ajwain seeds are rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They make an excellent ingredient for your night tea. Ajwain leaves have the power to provide instant relief from acidity and indigestion. They are used to treat the common cold and respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis.