Medicinal immunity booster plants
When I sit along with my grandparents and listen to their stories like although they used to eat abundant fats and fat containing material still their immune system was very strong. But what now I have seen people avoid such things and immunity among them is lesser than before. People have shifted towards proteins, gyms, zumbas and all that stuff however, these things were not in 90s. They people used to grow and eat healthy food for them. To boost your immunity and keep your skin healthy. You can grow a bunch of plants at home. You can grow them anywhere i.e. in pots, directly in ground, in your balcony and terrace. Today, in this blog I am going to talk about five such medicinal and immunity booster plants.
So, the very first plant on my list is ginger. Ginger is a kind of rhizome that stores nutrients in its underground part of the plant. It is vegetative propagated by small piece of ginger itself. You can use a rhizome of about two inch in size and put it in soil and allows it to develop more roots. Then you will harvest more ginger at the base of the roots of the plant. Always prefer a dry ginger for sowing purpose it will reduce the chances of root rot occurrence. So more the dry rhizome, the better it will be. That’s great if green nodes are coming out from the dried ginger. If they are not coming yet then you wait for a couple of days. While sowing make sure that this part is facing upward and you can sow them in soil for an inch deep. Always remember the bigger the seed, the deeper the sowing will be. I prefer to sow in 11 inches or deeper pot as it gives more space to the rhizomes to develop into bigger gingers. If you are from southern or central India, mid-November is good to start ginger. But for rest of the country I would say that wait until February or early spring to start ginger.
Another plant that can be grow very similarly is turmeric. For this, you only need is 2-3 inch of turmeric. For keeping in consideration, that the water will not stand you need to use well drained soil. Red soil works well so you do not need to mix anything. You can also use equal amount of cocopeat, home made compost and garden soil. It takes around 7 to 8 months to be ready. They take a longer time but if you keep watering them whenever the soil is dry, they will definitely give you more turmeric and ginger. Additionally, fruit of both the plants have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Another plant which is antibacterial and has great benefits especially for skin and scalp is Alovera. It is very fast free plant. If you are a beginner or somebody who does not like to plant which requires so much care and always have to watch out for when to water and when not to water. Alovera is a friendly plant as it is well known for its great properties. It is very easy to grow and for its propagation, all that you have to do is pull out a cutting which has a couple of roots in it and then plant it in a soil. You can choose any kind of soil for sowing and one thing I would like to point out is leaf cuttings does not work if they do not contain a couple of roots on it. Place it in an area where it receives 3-4 hours of sun or more. The more sun it receives, the better it will be. This plant is more sensitive to over watering. So even if you forgot to water it for 15 days nothing will happen but if you keep watering it every day it will definitely become soggy and die. Yellowish red tips of plant indicate that it needs more water so try to become more frequent i.e. once in every 3 days works well for Aloevera. I highly recommend this plant to everyone. It is known to have antioxidants and skin repairing properties.
Some other medicinal immunity booster plants
The next plant on my list is lemon or lime. You can actually grow any kind of variety of lemon. This plant is particularly developed through grafting i.e. stem of the plant taken from mother plant then it is allowed to develop mother roots on it and then planted it in the soil. You can also start it from seeds but i personally preferred grafting technique for propagation of lemon because it is easier and already developed from seeds to a bigger plant. Another thing, in grafting you always know the quality and mother plant of the lemon. For the care, all that you have to do is make sure that the plant gets as much as sun possible. The more compost you add in this plant, the better its output will be.
The last plant to talk about is tulsi or basil. I am pretty sure that you must have seen this plant either growing in your own house or somebody’s else house. In India there are a variety of tulsi growing. Two varieties that are known to have great health benefits are Ram tulsi and Krishna tulsi. There are two things specifically I going to talk about for this plant.
First of all, very interesting research is conducted by scientists and found that there are about 14 metabolites or chemicals which are present in tulsi. Out of these 14 chemicals 8 of them were found to have anticancer properties and rest of 6 have antiseptic, antifungal and antipyretics properties. Basically, all the chemicals that were present in tulsi are found to have great health benefits on humans. So, everyone must try to grow this plant.
Second thing, I want to talk about this plant i.e. its problems because growing it is not difficult over prone to infections. If you see such black insects on tulsi plant, you must use water to wash them off. Do not use any kind of pesticides because it is very sensitive plant otherwise it will die. Keep it away from other plants. By this way, it will reduce the chances of prone to other insects. Whenever you observe that seeds are coming out, pinch them off because this will help more leaves to come out otherwise the seeds will develop. For general care, more the sun the better it will be. For more about the tulsi, underwatering might kill it but overwatering is ok. This is water loving plant so even if you water it everyday or twice in a day is completely fine but make sure that you do not forget to water the plant otherwise its leaves will shrivel and die quickly. So, keep a close eye on watering.