Stay healthy this monsoon with these easy to grow medicinal



Who does not like to enjoy those early showers after stressful, dry summers? But with a change in weather lowers your immunity too; making you catch different ailments like common cold, sore throat, flu etc.

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According to the Ayurvedic concept of health, an individual’s good health is the result of a natural balance of the “tridosha” (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and that illness occurs when there is an imbalance in these doshas.

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Vata accumulates during dry heat of summer and becomes aggravated during the monsoon which causes reduced digestion, constipation, low body weight, excess thinking, nervousness etc.

Herbs, diet and natural remedies are used to restore this balance keeping you healthy, fit without affecting your enjoyment.

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Following are some easy to grow herbs to keep you healthy this monsoon.

1. Tulsi / Basil
Tulsi or Holy basil is the fabulous aromatic herb of family Lamiaceae. Botanically known as Ocimum sanctum, Tulsi offers a wide range of medicinal uses.

It has been now scientifically proven that this wonder herb can fight against chemical stress due to pollution along with other benefits.

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This ‘Mother Medicine of Nature’ is a perfect herb to be used during monsoon for its kapha and vata dosha pacifying activity.

2. Peppermint
Botanically known as Mentha piperita, this fresh herb is known for its active constituent Menthol.

It is known for its carminative, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, myorelaxant, expectorant, analgesic, tonic, and vasodilatator activities.

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3. Ginger
This amazing herb from family Zingiberaceae and known scientifically as Zingiber officinale is most commonly used condiment in the world.

This wonderful herb has been used in ancient medicinal systems for the treatment of numerous ailments, such as colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension.

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A pinch of it added to warm water along with honey would keep your monsoon disease free.

4. Mulethi / Liquorice

Glycyrrhiza glabra as Mulethi known botanically is a plant used since ancient times as a drug.

Mulethi possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiulcer, antidiabetic, antidepressant along with these it also improves immunity, heart function, control cholesterol level etc.

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All you have to do is to boil roots to prepare tea and enjoy the benefits.

5. Coriander
This easy to grow herb is a must have for any home garden not only for its culinary benefits but also for medicinal values it possesses.

It provides antimicrobial, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and anti-cancer activities, among others.

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So, grow your own Coriander and stay this monsoon healthy.

6. Garlic
Garlic (Allium sativum) is known throughout the history of prevention and treatment of diseases.

Indigenous systems of medicines have been recommending the use of garlic to aid respiration and digestion and to treat leprosy and parasitic infestation. It also has also shown to lower the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and antimicrobial properties, and improving overall immunity.

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Include these magic herbs in your diet to enjoy healthy fresh monsoon.

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