home gardening

Top Tips Box - Medicinal Plants

What medicinal plants should you grow in your garden?

Aloe Vera

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Such an easy one to grow – it needs very little attention. All it needs is exposure to sun and moist soil. These prickly looking leaves work miracles on the following:

  • Skin allergies

  • Burns

  • Cuts and wounds

  • Eczema

Drinking the juice can also be a great way to heal:

  • Digestive problems

  • Constipation

  • Inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract

Lemon Balm

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The name of this plant may mislead you as it has quite a minty smell. It’s leaves, when rubbed against your skin, can be used for:

  • Mosquito bites

  • Animal bites

  • Sores

Tea Tree

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This is such a multi-functional little tree with so much power. It’s most popular benefits are known as:

  • Antiseptic

  • Anti fungal

  • Antibacterial



Thyme

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This gorgeous herb is not only tasty when mixed into your dinner but also has a powerful antiseptic nature. It can help nurse:

  • Cough

  • Stomach gas

  • Congestion

Basil

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Again not only awesome in your food but also a great healing buddy for:

  • Cuts and scrapes

  • Stomach gas

  • Lack of appetite

Sage

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Another one that you must be familiar with in your cooking. It also has a great ability to treat:

  • Digestion

  • Sore throat

  • Can help in unblocking menopause

  • Mouth infections

  • Skin infections

Turmeric

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It is known to be the most effective nutritional supplement ever. Some of it’s most powerful medicinal strengths are:

  • Natural anti-inflammatory

  • Dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body

  • Can lower risk of heart disease

  • Benefits against depression

Ginger

A delicious spice that is not only very handy to grow in your garden for your meals but this flowering plant also has many medicinal properties such as:

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  • Treat nausea

  • Reduce muscle pain and sores

  • Anti- Inflammatory (also can help with Osteoarthritis)

  • Lowers blood sugars which can improve heart disease risk factors

  • Help treat chronic indigestion

  • Help with menstrual pain

  • Help fight infections

Lemongrass

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For those of you who like tea try drinking lemongrass tea it has amazing health benefits such as:

  • Digestion

  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Regulates high blood pressure

  • Can help heal colds and flu

  • Relieves menstrual pain

  • Boosts metabolism

Peppermint

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Last but definitely not least- this herb is the worlds most powerful and oldest for effectively treating human health. Rich in Vitamins like A and C it also contains manganese and iron. It’s leaves are used to treat:

  • Fever

  • Upset stomach and Gas

  • Relives menstrual pain

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Your Channel for Urban Farming

By: Arjun Vidyarthi - The Urban Farmer

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Over the past 4 months it’s been an absolute privilege to share my videos on The Urban Farmer  Facebook page and see the reaction it has caused in Kenya. Our videos have been watched by over 115,000 people and been shared just under 500 times. That’s more than I expected when we launched the show, which is fantastic.

The Urban Farmer page was initially set up to document what I was getting up to in my home shamba, and to see it become this channel where people from all over the country are watching and learning from it, is something that I could never have imagined. 

Over the past 14 weeks, we have met some amazing people, doing fantastic things in Kenya; and I myself have learnt so much whilst filming them. Things like Seedballs (who have gone viral, with their video being watched millions and millions of times), making a proper compost pit, making a wormery, learning about bees, permaculture and so much more. 

With season 1 complete, I want to assure the viewers that this isn’t the end. We will have a lot more content on our page cover all things agriculture, so make sure you keep checking.

To conclude, I must give a few votes of thanks.

Firstly to my team at Rai Productions. Thank you for all the hard work that you have put in over the years. Moses, Elvis, Dennis and Geeta; you have all be instrumental in getting the show here and we will continue on this journey together. 

Secondly to the team at Organix Limited. Our Sponsors. Thanks for believing in us at The Urban Farmer and for coming on board before we had officially launched. Aasit, Hema, Dipti and the team work super hard to spread their philosophies about being Organic and their products really do work wonders. 

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And finally, A huge thanks must go to the Barefoot Soulutions team, Ivan, Sven and Jess. Its thanks to you that over 115,000 people have had the chance to see how simple it is to grow vegetables at home organically, and to show them that being self-sustainable isn’t as hard as it seems. 

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Together I hope that we can continue to Educate, Empower and make this world a better place, one plant at a time.

Make sure you keep checking our Facebook and Youtube pages, to find out when The Urban Farmers Turkana Expedition will launch.

Asante Sana. 

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