All the 10 Ayurvedic herbs you can grow at home which are mentioned here are quite easy to grow and do not require any special knowledge of gardening. Just some time and care is all that you need to grow these in your garden.
Tulsi helps in dealing with cough and cold because of its antibacterial properties.Few tulsi leaves can be added to boiling water to make a soothing tea drink. Juice of crushed tulsi leaves can be applied to areas of skin having an itchy rash or irritation.
Ginger can be grated or cut into small pieces and added to hot water for a few minutes to make a soothing tea. Ginger tea is one of the most effective remedies against indigestion and acidity. Ginger juice can be added to a tea made from tulsi and honey and use to fight cough and cold. Chewing or sucking on a small piece of ginger helps reduce the nausea or vomiting encounterd during travelling.
Coriander leaves have health benefits as it helps avoid acidity and indigestion. It is chopped and sprinkled on curries, soups and salads or can be made into green chutney to accompany sandwiches and other breakfast dishes such as idli or dosa. Chewing on a few coriander leaves can also help to avoid bad breath.
Malabar spinach/ Basella
Malabar spinach is rich in folic acid and iron and this makes it a good herb for those who are anaemic and pregnant women. The leaves are generally roasted in a little ghee and then ground into a chutney using other ingredients such as coconut and green chillies. The roasted leaves may also be included in gravy dishes such as dal or sambar.
Gotu kola( Centella Asiatica)
Gotu kola leaves can be used for skin problems such as rash, irritation and itching. The leaves must be steeped in hot water for a few minutes and the tea so obtained may be drunk after straining. Crushing the leaves and applying the paste directly onto the skin also helps with itching and rash and to heal wounds.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
Brahmi leaves have been traditionally used to enhance memory and learning, get rid of worms and also as a remedy for skin problems. Brahmi leaves may be soaked overnight in water and made into a paste the next day with some almonds, milk and sugar candy. The liquid so obtained is considered good for improving memory and also helps eliminate intestinal worms.
Henna has cooling properties as well as its cosmetic value. The chemical in henna causes skin and hair to stain a dark brown or red color, making it a natural hair dye. Henna leaves are ground into a paste, mixed with some curry leaves and sesame oil and applied to grey hair and has various other haircare benefits. During menopause women also apply henna paste on the soles of the feet to deal with the hot flashes.
Mostly the flowers are soaked overnight and next morning, squeezed into a paste and applied to the scalp and hair as this treatment when done frequently helps to promote hair growth. Leaves of the plant can be made into a paste and combined with amla and coconut oil to prevent premature greying of hair. Hibiscus can also used to treat diabetes.
Curry leaves have strong digestive properties. They also change the body’s absorption of fat. For weight loss steep curry leaves in hot water for a few minutes, strain and drink the resulting tea when still warm. Curry leaves also have haircare and skin care benefits.
Pudina leaves are used in salads, chutneys or your tea to enhance the flavour. Pudina has menthol that activates the action of the digestive enzymes and also relaxes the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, providing relief from pain caused by indigestion. Pudina also helps fight acne. Mint leaves can also be added into boiling water and the vapors inhaled to relieve nasal congestion.