Today I will share a blog which I was supposed to share 2 months ago. Because that’s when I got the idea for this blog. Certain dates, events and personal things delayed this blog. But It’s here now.
I got the idea of this blog while watering the plants. I thought, how grateful I am to be this close to nature. Plants give us so much and we should be thankful to them. This post will tell you about things that plants give you for free (other than oxygen, fruits and shade).
Let’s start with our green list:
1. Papaya plant
Papaya is a great fruit. It is rich in anti-oxidants. Helps in digestion. Rich in various Vitamins. This post is not about the benefits of papaya fruit but its plant.
Leaves of papaya are a great source of platelets. That means if you consume its leaves your platelets will improve. Ideally, 1.5 lacs platelets are a good number, anything below that could be dangerous. The reason why platelets decrease………. hey wait I have a blog for that, check that out for a better understanding.
Papaya trees are grown through seeds and you can grow them easily if you have some open space. It requires moderate sunlight and sufficient water.
2. Snake plant
This beautiful looking indoor-plant could be your next big attraction. Not just it look beautiful but keeping it inside is actually very beneficial. Spoiler alert- plants give us oxygen!!!! They release CO2 at night. But, do you know there are some plants that give oxygen at night as well?
Well, the snake plant is one of them. As it’s an indoor or shade-loving plant. It can be kept inside and it will purify the air inside your beautiful home (and lucky for you it doesn’t bite). It requires little sunlight and it proliferates very fast. That means if you can buy 1 plant, you can make 10 out of it in no time. You can gift it to others and make their air pure as well.
Other than snake plant, spider plant, money plant, neem plant, palm gives oxygen at night.
Next, we have Hibiscus or china rose or Gudhal. I am sure you have already seen this beautiful flower. It’s surely a beautiful flower and people gift them to their loved ones. But, are you aware of the tons of benefits a single flower has?
If you eat Hibiscus flower (yes eat it), it can help you control blood pressure. Not only that, but hibiscus also controls cholesterol. Hibiscus is loaded with vitamin c, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, sodium, phosphorous and so much more. It is also known to be beneficial for weight loss. Promotes good liver health and aid in piles.
You can make tea with hibiscus or jam or just make a paste out of it and apply it to your hair with our next entrant.
Growing Hibiscus plant is a task. It requires frequent water, proper sunlight and a good fertilizer. It also gets easily affected by Mealybugs so it needs proper care (and lots of affection).
4. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is the most known entrant on our list. Its products are easily available in the market and are sold at high prices. But, why do that when you can grow it at your home itself? You may say that you don’t have space for it, but, fear not my friends as this is an indoor plant.
The aloe vera gel is extracted from the leaves of this amazing plant. Interestingly, it has no fragrance, so if you see a product on market with some scent, then it’s not pure. Aloe vera gel can be used for skin nourishment, hair treatment(don’t forget to add hibiscus to it), insect bites, for sunburn and more.
You can also make juice with it and drink it daily, it’s known to be super beneficial for digestive health and blood purification. If you don’t want to make juice, then it’s fine you can cook it and eat it for dinner. You can also store its leaves in the refrigerator and use them as a cool pad. Just don’t feed it to your pets as it’s poisonous for them.
As this plant is indoor. It doesn’t require much sunlight or water. Just keep removing the damaged leaves and you will be fine.
Neem or Indian lilac is the most commonly available tree/plant on our list. It’s an outdoor plant and you can see it is very common on the roadside. Nowadays people sell its leaves to foreign countries and its bark is used for making toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Neem is an ancient medicine and according to Ayurveda, it is used to treat various ailments. It’s good for the skin, good for hair. You can drink it and it’s good for digestion. You can use it to kill bacteria. It helps during itching. It is great during chickenpox, malaria, treats lice, and improves immunity.
I really think I need a separate blog for it. If you can eat 4-5 leaves then it’s great, if not you can use it in oil form, shampoo form or make a paste out of it. I suggest you eat its leaves and that too fresh leaves for all the amazing benefits.
You might not able to grow a neem tree at home but you can definitely grow a curry tree at home. Curry leaves are edible as well and are widely used in Indian cooking. It promotes good digestion, reduces hair fall and so much more.
Curry leaves are called Meetha-Neem in Hindi. Meetha means sweet. It’s definetely has a better taste than bitter taste of neem.
6. Tulsi plant
Tulsi or holy basil is the most common plant in Indian households. The reason for that is, it is revered a lot. It got even more popular in 2020 as people understand its beneficial properties. Tulsi is known to have immunity-increasing properties. Regular consumption of tulsi leaves helps during cough-cold, improves metabolism and reduces blood pressure. You can consume 3-4 leaves daily, but not too much. You can also add it to your food or tea (Indians know what I am talking about 😉 )
Growing the tulsi plant is very easy, but maintaining it is quite difficult. Many people water it daily as a sacred offering, but it should not be watered daily. It doesn’t need too much sunlight. Also, ensure regular trimming of the plant as it will help it grow.
You can grow so many more plants at home that are actually beneficial. Several herbs and spices can be grown easily and those are very beneficial. These were just my top picks from my garden. In the comments share, if you have any plant around you, that is benefiting you in any way.
Coming up next I have a beautiful poem by The candy. She wrote this poem for me 1 month ago and I feel bad for not being able to write this blog before.
Make sure you check out her work > The candy
Until next time, plant a tree and shine with it.