It all started the day Elizabeth Millard got tired of working on the farm and hated the cursed city she was stuck in. He grabbed some of the leaves of the holy basil plant and put them in his mouth. A few minutes later, he felt surprisingly energetic. “It was from that moment on that I realized the medicinal properties of this plant and other plants ,” says Millard, author of Backyard Pharmacy .
Brian Hattrick has also seen the healing power of plants. His job is to grow many of these fruits and vegetables, which are employed at the Hippocratic Medical Center on the west coast of Palm, emphasizing the medicinal properties of the plants. Hattrick, one of herbalists, believes that nature has given us very powerful tools to strengthen the immune system that can keep you strong and healthy. The best way to use the medicinal properties of plants is to grow them in your backyard garden.
Fortunately, growing some seeds and small plants that have extraordinary plant properties does not require special gardening talent and skills. Here, Hattrick and Millard list the plants that grow easily in addition to their amazing medicinal properties. For the best results, try fresh, ripe and raw products that you have grown yourself.
Powerful properties : antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, which also reduces inflammation. Studies show that garlic can reduce the risk of lung cancer, prostate cancer, arthritis and bone loss, and kill some cancer cells. Preliminary findings suggest that garlic can lower high cholesterol and lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
Daily Consumption : According to studies published in the American Journal of Family Physicians, regular consumption of garlic prevents the occurrence of common colds. Millard says that when he feels sick, he sauces the garlic, allows it to stand for 15 minutes, activates and expands its ingredients, and then swallows it like a pill. This is not good for personal relationships, but it is incredibly effective for colds. He adds that he has not had a cold for 10 years now!
Growing Guide : In the spring or fall, get garlic seeds online either from local farmers or from thrift stores. (Do not use sprayed garlic roots as they often do not germinate.) Take a clove of garlic, with the sharp end up, 8 to 9 inches deep into the ground, and the next 50 inches apart. Plant from the first. If you plant garlic in the fall, cover the soil with plant fertilizers (straw, dry alfalfa, dried leaves, or weeds) to keep warm in the winter. When an ivy root stems like this in the spring to flower, prune it with pruning shears so that its nutrients remain in the garlic itself and are not transferred to the garlic flower. Wait another 2 weeks; Then remove the garlic root from the ground and harvest your crop.
Powerful properties : Broccoli sprouts contain a powerful store of sulfarphans that stimulate the body’s natural anti-cancer sources and stop the growth of cancerous tumors. Researchers at Johns Hopkin University consider broccoli sprouts, which are rich in beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals, to be one of the most powerful anti-cancer sources around us. Broccoli sprouts control sugar and cholesterol, which ultimately reduces the risk of heart disease. Broccoli sprouts are 10 to 30 times stronger than ripe broccoli because they are at their peak.
Daily use : According to two separate studies in this field, sulfarpane relieves the symptoms of shortness of breath and respiratory disorders because it directs the process of oxidative stress and inflammation through the airway.
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Growing Guide : In any season of the year, pour 1/2 cup of broccoli sprouts into wide-mouthed jars and cover. Pour 2 cups of water over it and let it stand for 8 hours. Then drain it. Pour 2 glasses of water on it again and repeat this process twice a day for 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, their stems or roots will grow to 1.5 to 2 cm in height and bring you the sweetest, softest and most nutritious plant. The result is approximately 2 cups of broccoli in 72 hours! Allow the sprouts to drain, then place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This way you can keep them in the fridge for 5 days and use them over time.
Powerful properties : According to two studies conducted in 2012, peppermint with anti-cancer properties in addition to its carotenoid and retinoid compounds repel the destructive effects of prostate and liver cancer. Another ingredient found in peppermint is rosemary acid, which scavenges free radicals and reduces inflammation, significantly eliminating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Preliminary laboratory research suggests that peppermint oil increases the effectiveness of antiseptic drugs.
Daily properties : Peppermint facilitates digestion. According to a study published in 2012, the way mint works to facilitate digestion is to relax the muscular tissue of the gastrointestinal tract to open clogs, release gas, and relieve abdominal pain, even in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Millard believes that mint is the best thing you can realize after the extravagance of Carnival night. You should not eat so much, you can eat.
Growing Guide : In the spring, buy a young mint plant and plant it in a pot. Let the sun shine in your pot, not completely, although it is always possible to grow plants and spread energy when exposed to the sun, but leave them in the shade for a few days to rest. Plants hate wet roots!
Powerful properties : This slender, evergreen stem always contains the highest levels of glutathione, an anti-inflammatory compound that repels toxins, including cancer-causing toxins and free radicals. Asparagus also has anti-inflammatory properties, which puts it at the forefront of the most combative plants against chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Asparagus is also rich in B vitamins, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium , zinc , magnesium , selenium and iron .
Daily properties : Asparagus can cure headaches and the destructive effects of alcohol consumption. Korean researchers have found that asparagus increases the level of an enzyme that breaks down alcohol compounds.
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Growing guide : Plant this evergreen plant once and harvest its stems for 25 years. In early spring, buy an annual asparagus crown plant and plant it in areas of the yard that are dry and sunny. Place the asparagus crown up to 8 cm in rich soil or sandy soil. Plant them in 4 rows at a distance of 35 cm from each other. Fence them with 8 inches of soil. After 2 weeks, add more soil as the asparagus stalks try to emerge from the soil. Pour some vegetable fertilizer on them and water regularly. Hattrick recommends that you do not touch the asparagus stems for the first 2 years until they have stronger and more energetic roots. When it is time to harvest, use a sharp knife and cut the stems from the end.
Powerful properties : Antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to beta-carotene and magnesium in basil play a key role in protecting cells against stagnation, diseases such as heart disease, asthma, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Daily properties : Basil helps relieve headaches. It has been shown that the action of compounds in basil called eugenol in neutralizing the activity of cyclooxygen enzymes is similar to the effect of over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Millard recommends chewing basil leaves to relieve headaches.
Growing Guide : There are more than 60 different types of basil in the world, but Millard prefers Italian sweet basil, sweet basil, Thai basil and purple basil. Buy young basil in the spring and plant it immediately in the yard, using standard horticultural soil. Instead of watering the leaves, water the soil as they are prone to pests. Wait for the basil to grow up to 14 inches, although this varies depending on the variety of basil.
Tiny green leaves of red cabbage
Powerful properties : US Department of Agriculture researchers have found that extraordinarily young, green leaves of red cabbage that are less than 2 weeks old contain six times more vitamin C and 69 times more vitamin K than ripe red cabbage leaves. Vitamin C is a superstar of antioxidants, is an enemy of inflammation, and helps protect against cellular damage and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease. The young and green leaves of red cabbage also contain key ingredients in collagen production, strengthening muscles, skin, bones and other connective tissues. According to another study published in 2012, vitamin K prevents blood clotting, prevents degeneration and osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, and prevents the growth of cancer cells.
Daily properties : It is unique in preventing colds and flu. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. White blood cells are actually at the forefront of fighting bacteria and infections.
Breeding guide : Start with red cabbage seeds or young green leaf seeds. Use a seed tray and pour about 5 inches of organic soil into it. Sprinkle the seeds on the organic soil and apply a thin layer of soil on the seeds. Just spray water on them just once: then place the tray behind sunny windows and spray water several times a day. Within a week, the leaves will be young and fresh. After 10 days when the height of the leaves reached 5 cm, you can harvest your product.
Powerful properties : According to the National Institutes of Health, this plant is one of the most reliable plants in the world, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Preliminary findings suggest that chamomile neutralizes cancer cells, but its proven properties include rapid wound healing, prevention and healing of colds, fighting bacterial infections, relieving muscle spasms and cramps, calming anxiety, and improving sleep quality.
Daily properties : Chamomile tea relaxes and relieves nervous arousals. According to a 2012 study by the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, German chamomile relieves anxiety and even reduces the symptoms of mild depression.
Growing Guide : Buy a pack of chamomile seeds and keep them indoors at the beginning of planting because the roots like heat. After 6 to 8 weeks, transfer the chamomile to a sunny, well-ventilated area. Water them once a week or whenever they appear dry. Within a month or two, the tiny yellow and white flowers are ready for harvest. Dry them in a tray. Chop the flowers and pour into a teapot. Add boiling water to it, let it brew and drink!