To live in a place where supermarkets/markets are distant, you really got to do something. So I started growing herbs and medicinal plants for personal use and consumption.
Mayana (Coeus Blumei Benth). When I bought a pot of this, I didn’t know what it was for. I just liked the color, that’s it haha! Until one of the neighbors said that this can cure bruises and sprain. So I looked it up on Google and discovered that it can also relieve headache and sinusitis:
Bruises and sprains: Crush or pound 10-12 leaves and apply over the ankles, wrists or affected areas for 30 minutes, three times daily. Use a bandage to hold the poultice in place.
Headache: Pound leaves and apply over temples and nape.
Mild bleeding of wounds: Wash the young leaves; crush and extract the juice. Drop a few directly on the wound. Apply the crushed leaves as poultice.
Sinusitis: Heat 10-12 fresh leaves over a fire; apply while still hot over the forehead for the frontal sinuses or over the cheeks for the maxillary sinuses, twice daily.
That is really a great news for someone like me who always complains of headaches.
Oregano. This plant is commonly known for home remedy for cough which I have also been taking/using eversince I was a kid and now passed on to my daughters. I’m just glad they don’t give a fuss when drinking medicines, bitter or not.
Parsley. Too bad that this plant is mostly known for its popular role as table garnish without really knowing its wonderful healing properties:
For a healthy heart and is also a good source of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins. It is also a good protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only that, Parsley is also highly nutritious and can be found year round in local supermarket.
Finger Chili. Except from its fiery hotness, Finger Chili carries a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
It also has B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that human body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Chinese Leeks or Kuchay is just another plant known as table garnish. I got a pot of this from my friend’s sister-in-law who is a Chinese. She told me that Kuchay can be used to relieve swollen body parts. The leaves are crushed and applied to the affected areas. I never tried it though but I’ve harvested a lot already for cooking, just anything. With fried rice, buttered baby potatoes and many more.
That’s all I have for now. Beginning next month when the weather changes and no more typhoons to expect, I plan to start planting ginger, tomatoes, garlic and onions. Simply because that’s all we need – all the time teehee!