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How to use Terpenes At Home: The Pharmacy In Your Back-Yard

30/04/2021 7 MIN. READ Alyssha Bal
30/04/2021 7 MIN. READ Alyssha Bal

Through plants and minerals, both rich in natural principles, we try to heal; The human body is seen as a combination of energy, psyche, and body, and only in nature we can find its well-being. Disorders and dysfunctions have always been attributable to incorrect habits, both food, and lifestyle; all this involves the accumulation of toxins, both harmful and natural elements, too.

Naturopathy also called naturopathic medicine or natural medicine represents a path on a natural solution, through which we can maintain or achieve overall good health.

Naturopathic remedies don't consist of a single technique but makes use of the concepts and methods of Chinese medicine, Bach flowers, Ayurvedic medicine, Shiatsu, crystal therapy, iridology, chromotherapy, aromatherapy, and many more. This natural medicine  uses terpenes for healing. Therefore, natural medicine is aimed at those who are interested in a different approach to both the disease and the person, distancing themselves from traditional drug-based treatments. The therapeutic properties of many plants, used by natural medicine are traditionally known to men who have used them on the basis of observations, experiences, and coincidences as "healing herbs" and they have been handed down to us. With due caution, natural medicine can be suitable for everyone. Here’s our run down of the ten most popular herbs used for natural remedies, and how you can grow these and make your own little "herbal pharmacy." 

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1) Aloe Vera

Use

Skin: The gel relieves pain when applied to wounds, burns, stings but also as an acne remedy.

Vitamin C and collagen present in the gel acts as a very effective regenerator;

Hair: The gel is a powerful regenerating agent capable of giving resistance to the hair which will also be brighter thanks to the mineral salts and vitamins;

Gastro-intestinal protection: A drink with multiple qualities and benefits; the juice contains all the active ingredients that control the development of harmful intestinal bacteria, raise the PH, promote digestive activity, regulate the functions of the pancreas and regulate the quantity of blood glucose;

Depurative and Laxative: By stimulating the intestinal activity it causes detoxification from toxins favoring the activity of the liver, too;

Immune Defenses: They have greatly strengthened thanks to the vitamins present in it, especially E, C, B1, B2, B3, B12;

Antioxidant action: thanks to the number of mineral salts it contains

How to grow Aloe Vera 

It doesn't require special care: very resistant, indicated as a houseplant as it's also useful for decorating rooms. It doesn't need continuous watering but these can be scarce and rare: once every two weeks, paying attention to water stagnation.

It suffers a lot in case of temperature changes: originally from Africa, it prefers a warm and dry climate, if grown outdoors during the winter season it's recommended to take it indoors. Aloe lives well in environments where the temperature is between 18 and 30 degrees, below 5 degrees the plant begins to suffer. It should be placed in rooms with low humidity but particularly bright.

2) Basil

Use

Different benefits for the cardiovascular system: Basil is rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A; Thanks to them, cholesterol does not accumulate on the walls of blood vessels, avoiding atherosclerosis and heart attacks.

Skin and hair health: The basil-based essential oils enhance the dull shine of the skin and hair, and it is also effective in treating acne;

Bone and connective tissue: Basil essential oil contains an anti-inflammatory liquid that inhibits joint and bone swelling;

Promotes intestinal and digestive health: Starting from the fact that basil is an anti-inflammatory food, it provides important benefits in cases of intestinal inflammation.

How to grow Basil

A well-drained soil, a distance of 15-20 cm between one plant and the other, a partially sunny position, but not exposed to too much wind, and frequent watering until it takes root; Abundant watering from time to time, later on.

When the stem has 4 pairs of leaves, the top must be cut, while the lateral twigs must be topped when 3 pairs of leaves appear. Thanks to these pruning operations, the basil thickens.


3) Cinnamon

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Use

It is known to be good for Diabetes: It lowers the glycemic level of the blood favoring the entry of glucose into cells;

Promotes blood circulation: an anticoagulant, it makes the blood more fluid;

It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties: it inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Promotes good heart health: The main reasons why this spice is good for the heart concern the significant contribution of fiber and calcium.

Improve cognitive function: Helps protect neurons, as well as normalize neurotransmitter levels and improve motor function in people affected by Parkinson's disease;

It is a powerful antioxidant: This spice is in the top 10 of the most powerful antioxidants that exist in nature.

How to grow Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be safely grown in the garden but also in pots on the balcony or terrace, it is in fact a tree whose dimensions can be contained, otherwise, it could even reach 15 meters. However, it requires to grow in a warm area, it is a tropical tree that to develop at its best should be grown in areas where the temperature is around 20-30 and with a good level of humidity. However, it is able to withstand even lower temperatures but is very afraid of intense and prolonged frosts.


4) Cayenne

Use 

To lose weight: it optimizes the metabolism and is surprising thanks to its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements of the cells of the capillaries, veins, arteries and helps regulate blood pressure to normal levels;

Pressure and cholesterol: excellent remedy for high blood pressure but it is also able to clean the arteries, helping to rid the body of bad cholesterol. It is excellent for the reconstruction of the tissue in the stomach, facilitating the healing of intestinal ulcers;

Immune system and circulation: thanks to its antifungal properties it is an excellent food for the circulatory system, as it feeds the elements necessary for the cellular structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so that they can regain the elasticity of youth and blood pressure fits normality;

Bonus: It is an excellent solution for those suffering from varicose veins, relieves allergies, muscle cramps, improves digestion, gives a lot of energy, and helps to heal from small wounds, and is also ideal for heartburn.

How to grow Cayenne

Cayenne pepper prefers rich soil. Plants can grow up to about 60 - 120 cm in height so they should be planted at a distance of about one meter from each other and accompanied by a stake. Even for growing in pots, it is necessary to plant support.

If properly protected from the cold, it can withstand the winter and give a new harvest during the following summer.

5) Eucalyptus

Use

Known for its antimicrobial, antibacterial, and decongestant properties. Used to combat cold symptoms, such as sore throat, congestion and cough. Eucalyptus essential oil is able to lead to the death of the bacterial cells that are undermined in the body, it also has an effective antiseptic action in the oral cavity that is able to counteract the formation of caries and gingivitis. It performs an interesting soothing action and speeds up the healing processes of wounds and burns.  also effective in relieving the annoyances caused by an insect bite.

How to grow Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a beautiful, but somewhat tricky indoor plant to grow. These plants absorb water quickly, so they need to be watered frequently.

6) Garlic

Use

It is excellent for treating infections and strengthening the immune system; a very used remedy to treat colds and is considered a real natural antibiotic.

It also promotes vasodilation and gives greater fluidity to the blood, safeguarding heart health.

It is also useful for lowering cholesterol and preventing liver disease thanks to its great purifying properties; Fights diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels under control; excellent antibacterial and antibiotic against toothache.

How to grow Garlic

Plant garlic in full sun, or mostly sun. Using pots is OK and If you’re planting in pots, potting mix is the way to go. Plant your garlic in March or April as this will give you lots of leaf growth before winter and a bigger stronger plant. 

7) Lavender

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Use

Lavender is widely used in the commercial sector of perfumery, soap, and cosmetics in general.

It is an antiseptic and disinfectant plant, used to disinfect small wounds, indicated against tension or stress headaches; It is sufficient to rub the temples with a few drops of essential oil diluted in neutral oil. Lavender flowers can be added to the bathwater as a relaxing, invigorating, and anti-stress bath. The anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic activity makes it suitable for rheumatic pains. It is useful in insomnia.

How to grow Lavender

Lavender, being a rather rustic spontaneous plant, is very resistant to different climatic conditions. It grows well in the hills, on arid, stony, and draining soils, possibly calcareous and sandy. It prefers sunny and ventilated areas.

If you want to grow this aromatic herb in your garden, it is important to carry out a deep dig, before planting the plant, in order to make the soil draining and loose.

8) Oregano

Use

Oregano is rich in nutrients, contains various minerals, microelements, and vitamins that make it a powerful antiseptic and natural antibiotic.

An infusion of oregano, used for baths or foot baths, has a stimulating, disinfectant, and deodorant action.

There are many uses of its essential oil in the cosmetic, food, liqueur, and medicinal fields.

How to grow Oregano

It does not require special attention: it grows well in different places and on various types of soil, even soils poor in nutrients. It is a species that resists the aggression of parasites, drought, and cold, as long as it is not too intense. It prefers areas well exposed to the sun, it is advisable to work the soil well, in order to guarantee good drainage by adding a little compost or well-matured manure.

9) Rosemary

Use

It is mainly used as a flavoring in various culinary recipes, and also a good antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, balsamic, and stimulant. Indicated against depression, in exhaustion, in convalescence, against headaches and intellectual fatigue, indicated to help memory. . The infusion is used to stimulate the functions of the stomach, the production of bile, and for those suffering from dizziness, asthma, and loss of appetite.

How to grow Rosemary

Rosemary prefers arid and stony soils, where the water drains quickly but is also able to adapt very well to soils with very different characteristics.

It likes a good sun exposure even if it adapts very well to partially shaded exposures. It prefers a warm temperate climate, but also tolerates cold winters and harsh temperatures, it can also be grown in the hills and mountains up to an altitude of about 1000 meters, just protect it from frosts with straw wrapped in a special cloth.

10) Thyme

Use

Rich in vitamin C and B vitamins and minerals; it mainly has an antiseptic and antibacterial activity, which is why it is considered a natural antibiotic.Thyme is attributed to balsamic, anti-catarrhal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antifungal, and diuretic properties, as well as aromatic and digestive properties. The infusion is very suitable in case of seasonal flu; cough, bronchitis, cold, and in all affections of the respiratory tract.

The aroma of thyme is highly appreciated in the kitchen, it promotes appetite and stimulates digestion. Its use in the food sector is exploited not only for its aromatic qualities but also for its antiseptic properties by means of which food preservation is facilitated.

How to grow Thyme

The ideal type of soil is calcareous, not clayey, with a slightly alkaline pH and well-drained, mixed with sand.

The ideal climate is sunny, even if it resists the cold of medium-high altitudes. Only badly tolerates excessive humidity and stagnation of water in the roots.

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