Far more than mere ornamentation around your home, a garden can be a treasure house of herbs and shrubs.
Once you start growing them, it is just a matter of plucking the essential parts and including them in your beauty regime or food preparations.
Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Brahmi, Aloe Vera and Bittergourd are five such herbs that are easy to grow and amazing for your overall well-being.
Here’s how you can grow them in your garden and help your hair and skin.
A powerful herb that revitalises you, Ashwamedha can easily be grown in your backyard.
Before monsoon starts, dig 2 cms into some red soil. Plant the seed in this. If you are planting multiple saplings of the herb, keep a distance of at least 10 cm between each. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. If they germinate within a week, you know it is good news.
A daily dose of the ancient herb of Ashwamedha can help reduce inflammation and also control blood sugars. Your grandmother always vouched for the herbal medicine, and it’s time you follow suit.
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Shatavari grows best in black soil. Dig up to 15 cm in the patch and sow Shatavari seeds. Cover it with soil and water it every 4-6 days. Continue this for a month, and after this period, water it once a week. The Shatavari herb requires you to weed the garden patch regularly. Ensure solid support for the creeper to grow on.
My mum used to feed me a spoonful of Shatavari every morning to help my blood flow. It definitely helped reduce my acne.
The medicinal herb also helps treat ulcers, cough and inflammation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
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3. Aloe Vera
This is one of the easiest medicinal shrubs to grow in your garden or even inside the house. The succulent requires dry conditions to grow in. Cut a stem of Aloe Vera from your friend or a neighbouring nursery and dig it into a pot or a well-covered area. Water only when the soil goes completely dry.
Always a favourite for those who love taking care of their hair and skin naturally, Aloe Vera soothes inflamed skin, treats dandruff and improves hair texture.
Brahmi cuttings are the easiest to grow into plants. Cut a stem (with leaves) of the herb and place it in a pot of water. Change the water every day for about a week. By this time, you will see roots growing, and you can transfer the sapling into a pot or a garden patch.
Consume Brahmi regularly, and you will improve in your immune system. It can also help regulate blood sugar and prevents hair fall.
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Bittergourd or karela grows best in a warm climate. You can purchase the seeds from a nursery or directly from a fruit that has turned yellow after ripening.
Dig a ditch about 2 cm deep and sow the seeds directly. A sunny patch is always preferred. You need not water it every day but don’t let the soil get parched.
Ensure moisture, sun and fresh air to let the creeper flourish in your garden.
You hated it as a kid, but bitter gourd is quite helpful for blood circulation.
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(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)