13 Plants with Healing Benefits

13 Plants that Heal

Mother nature provides us a beautiful sanctuary of plants, animals, birds, insects and other living beings. There are millions of plant species which cover our beautiful planet Earth with some plants being renowned worldwide and some plants which are rare, exotic and waiting to be discovered by animals and humans alike.  

What is special about Plant Appreciation Day?

Though the popularity of plants is quite ubiquitous now, this is your reminder to appreciate the beauty of nature this April 13th which is celebrated as “Plant appreciation day”. This is because until the 19th century, only the upper section of society in Britain grew plants for recreational use. The 17th century is the year when colonisation began and a lot of different varieties of plants came to light as explorers from different parts of the world came to Britain. Tropical, indoor and ornamental plants influenced the invention of gardening tools, fertilisers and manure. Gardening became more widespread and people had a growing interest to beautify their homes and backyards.  

The earliest invention was related to gardening. The Wardian case was a sealed glass case perfect for growing plants and transporting them from region to region too. This caused a boom in plant cultivation throughout the world in its true sense.

Why should we thank plants? 

Here are some reasons why it is important to show our gratitude to plants – 

  • Plants provide oxygen for respiration and living
  • Plants and trees help us stay cool by providing shade
  • Plants bear fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and flowers which contribute to majority of the nutrition on our plate
  • Plants provide us a safe space to take shelter for animals and us too. The wood from trees helps us build homes
  • Plants can be used as medicinal agents
  • Plants help us conserve water

Are there different types of plants ?

Plants are a diverse group. Some plants grow on land while some may live in water. There are 5 different types of plants based on their growth habits.

  1. Herbs – Small green plants with delicate stems and live for a short period of time. They provide nutrition and can be consumed everyday as a part of a meal or they can be added when cooking. Ex. basil, wheat grass etc.

  2. Shrubs – Medium sized woody plants which are taller than herbs but shorter than trees. Ex. jasmine, rose etc.

  1. Trees – Tall and large plants which have a trunk and branch out. They may bear fruits, flowers and leaves. They have an extended lifespan. Ex. mango tree, banyan tree etc.

  1. Climbers – Climbers are thin and long with a weak stem. They have tendrils and tend to climb. Ex. green peas, money plant etc
  2. Creepers – Creepers are ground plants which are very weak, thin, long and fragile. They cannot stand upright. Ex. Watermelon, strawberry etc.   

There are some plants which can help heal innumerable conditions, here is a list of 13 healing plants for this April 13th

  1. Chamomile

Scientific nameMatricaria recutita
Useful part of plantflower
Healing propertiesHelps relieve anxiety and promotes relaxation and better sleep
Helps reduce inflammation
Helps in wound healing and skin rashes
Helps ease vomiting and other  gastrointestinal disorders
UseYou can enjoy a hot cup of chamomile tea
Use it in a hot water compression
Chamomile essential oils can be used for aromatherapy too

2. Lavender

Scientific nameLavandula angustifolia
Useful part of plantFlower
Healing propertiesIt has anti-inflammatory benefits
It helps relieve pain
Helps treat insomnia and headache
Relieves body pain
Acts as an insect repellent
It relieves stress
It has antifungal benefits
UseIt can be used as an essential oil or in cosmetic agents
You can enjoy a hot cup of lavender tea
It acts as a preservative for strawberries

3. Holy basil

Scientific nameOcimum tenuiflorum
Useful part of plantLeaves, stems, flower, roots, whole plant 
Healing propertiesImproves blood sugar levels
Boosts immunity
Improves heart conditions
Reduces inflammation, pain and swelling
It is an antimicrobial agent
Alleviates stress
Boosts hair growth
Helps treat cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis cough and cold
UseBrew a hot cup of tulsi leaves 
Add as a herb in cooking
You can make a paste of tulsi leaves with honey
You can make a facepack using tulsi leaves for healthy skin

4. Rosemary

Scientific nameSalvia rosmarinus
Useful part of plantleaves
Healing propertiesIt helps improve dysmenorrhoea, stomach pain
It can be used to treat rheumatic pain, epilepsy 
Acts as a diuretic, antioxidant
Improves digestion
Promotes hair growth and prevents hair fall
Improves mood
Helps fight cancer
UseAdd it in soups, salads, stews, casseroles or when roasting meat and vegetables
Make a herbal essence or hair hair rinse
Drink a hot cup of rosemary tea
Have a hot rosemary bath

5. Ginseng

Scientific namePanax ginseng
Useful part of plantRoot
Healing propertiesIt helps improve brain health and memory
Prevents depression, fatigue
Improves stamina
Improves sex drive
Decreases erectile dysfunction
Improves heart health
Prevents menopausal hot flashes
Boosts hair growth
Improve blood glucose levels
UseDrink a hot cup of ginseng tea
Use ginseng powder
Take ginseng supplements

6. Aloevera

Scientific nameCandelabra aloe
Useful part of plantGel
Healing propertiesImproves Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Aids in detox of body
Improves digestion
Improves skin health and conditions like Psoriasis
Improves hair health
Promotes better  blood sugar management
Helps in wound healing
Helps heal piles
UseAs aloe vera juice
As an external application on skin and hair
As a moisturiser for feet

7. Eucalyptus

Scientific nameEucalyptus teriticornis
Useful part of plantLeaves
Healing propertiesHelps as a pain reliever
Improves respiratory health
Improves oral hygiene
Treats dandruff and lice
Improves immunity
As an insect repellent
UseAs an oil
You can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil during steaming
 As a tea
As a scalp lotion
As an aroma oil

8. Lemon grass

Scientific nameCymbopogon citratus
Useful part of plantLeaves
Healing propertiesIt lowers blood pressure 
Helps in weight loss
Acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent
Relieves anxiety
Improves dental health
UseAs lemongrass essential oil
As a hot tea
It can be used in cooking and salads

9. Neem

Scientific nameAzadirachta indica
Useful part of plantLeaves, flowers, fruits, stem
Healing propertiesIt nourishes skin and scalp
It improves immunity
Helps in wound healing
Acts as an anti-acne agent
Acts as an insect repellent
It improves dental health
It acts as a deworming agent
It acts as a pesticide
UseIt can be used as a powder, neem oil, juice etc.

10. Dandelion

Scientific nameTaraxacum officinale
Useful part of plantRoot, flowers, leaves
Healing propertiesIt acts as a diuretic
Helps fight infections
Improves digestive health
Helps improve hair health
Treats constipation
UseIt can be had as tea or added as a garnish on food, tincture, extract or supplement

11. Peppermint

Scientific nameMentha piperita
Useful part of plantleaves
Healing propertiesIt improves oral health
It improves digestive health and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Helps relieve headache and migraine
Improves breathing
Relieves menstrual issues
It reduces inflammation
UseIt can be had as a tea, essential oil, herbal capsule etc.

12. Sage

Scientific nameSalvia officinalis
Useful part of plantleaves
Healing propertiesIt acts as an antibacterial agent
It reduces hypercholesterolemia
It improves memory power
It acts as an aunty-oxidant
It helps relieve pain
It improves nervousness
It reduces soreness of throat
UseIt can be used as an essence, extract, herb in cooking, tea etc.

13. Ashwagandha

Scientific nameWithania somnifera
Useful part of plantroot
Healing propertiesIt reduces stress
Improves muscle mass and strength
It improves endurance
It promotes better sleep
It helps in cognition
It improves blood sugar levels
UseIt can be used as a powder, herbal pill etc.

Let us honour the gift of nature and gift our cherished circle with a plant this year. But, it is important to remember that these plants may not be suitable for all. It is important to speak to a doctor to understand the suitability of the plant since they may cause allergic reactions or may not be tolerable by all individuals based on your medical conditions or surgical procedures. 

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