Health Issues,  Home & Garden

Herbs and medicinal plants in my home garden

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

YOUR DIGITAL MOM NEXT DOOR
A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 42 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.

11 Comments

  • Louisa

    I have heard of the healing powers of plants. If only I had a garden to plant these.

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    mitchteryosa Reply:

    It’s really helpful din and nakakatuwa tingnan, achievement din when you see them grow.

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  • MrsMartinez

    Buti ka pa nabubuhay ang halaman sa iyo ako ang daming beses ko na nagtry walang natitirang buhay maski cactus pa huhu

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    mitchteryosa Reply:

    Ay di din sis! Wala din akong green thumb pero may mga plants na madali talaga mabuhay tulad nyang Mayana, andami ko lang natatapon nyan kasi super bilis nilang lumago.

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  • Katherine Rivera

    Sis, you have an awesome garden I must say. Ang galing kasi you have those helpful medicinal plants. My father used to eat parsley and ashitaba. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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    mitchteryosa Reply:

    I had more veggies last year but typhoon Glenda destroyed them all including my sunflowers, na first time kong makapagpabulaklak.

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  • Badet

    Gusto ko rin magkaron ng mini garden once makalipat sa house na may space for that. And like you, mas gusto ko yung mga herbs than decorative plants.

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    mitchteryosa Reply:

    Kung pwede nga lang sis pati patatas itanim ko na eh hahahaha!

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