Medicinal Plant Must-Haves

Easy To Grow Immunity Boosters for Difficult Times

In India, where plant based medicine is common, and most can claim to have used home made cures for common, non-serious ailments at least once, a disclaimer is probably not required. Nevertheless, before I shoot out this list of easy to grow plants, AND despite these being highly rated in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddhi and/or HomoeoPathy, PLEASE do your own research before ingesting/inhaling/applying/mixing/you-know-what-I-mean-by-now, any part or parts of these plants while attempting a cure or remedy :-)


Aloe Vera

Medicinal Use in: Skin Hydration/Care

Requirements: Full sun, sandy or quick draining soil, sparse watering

What to Note: Needs shelter from heavy rains and decreased watering in monsoons

Growing tips at: https://mumbaifarmer.com/what-to-grow/growing-aloe-vera-in-mumbai/





Miracle Plant/Patharchatta


Medicinal Use in: Asthma, Blood Dysentery, Boils, Diabetes, Gout, Insect Bites, Jaundice, Dysuria, Epilepsy, Gout, Pneumonia & other respiratory ailments

Requirements: Semi-shade, quick draining soil, sparse watering

What to Note: Needs shelter from heavy rains and decreased watering in monsoons

Insulin/Sugar Plant


Medicinal Use in: Diabetes

Requirements: Full sun/semi shade, regular soil, deep watering

What to Note: Needs large container for good growth




Sweetleaf/Multivitamin/Thavasi Keerai


Medicinal Use in: Anaemia

Requirements: Full sun, regular soil, regular watering

What to Note: Needs large container for good growth






Giloy/Gulvel


Medicinal Use in: Fever, Diabetes, Digestion, Depression & Anxiety

Requirements: Full sun, regular soil, sparse watering

What to Note: This is a quickly growing creeper. Needs extra large container and trellis/support for good growth




Gurmar/Gymnema


Medicinal Use in: Diabetes, Heart & Blood Ailments

Requirements: Full sun, well draining soil, sparse watering

What to Note: Needs large container for good growth




Indian Borage/Mexican Mint

Medicinal Use in: Renal & Blood Ailments, Inflammation of the Lungs

Requirements: Full sun, regular soil, deep watering

What to Note: Needs large container for good growth

Growing Tips at: https://mumbaifarmer.com/plantopedia/growing-borage-in-mumbai/


The Holy Trinity of Tulsi - Krishna, Rama & Karpoor

Medicinal Use in: Heart, Eye & Oral Health, Treatment of Fevers, Kidney Stones & Acne.

Requirements: Full sun, quick draining soil, sparse watering

What to Note: All tulsi/basil types grow in annual cycles in this part of India. So once your plants start to get woody, replant the more fibrous parts of their stems to propagate.

Growing Tips at: https://mumbaifarmer.com/what-to-grow/growing-basil-in-mumbai/


The Ginger Family - Galangal, Indian Ginger, Aromatic Ginger

Medicinal Use in: Respiratory Health, Stomach Ailments

Requirements: Full sun, quick draining soil, sparse watering

What to Note: A seasonal plant that grows best June through February. Needs bottom wide container that's wind sheltered for good growth

Growing Tips at: https://mumbaifarmer.com/what-to-grow/growing-ginger-in-mumbai/


The Turmeric Family - Golden, White, Black & Fragrant Haldi

Medicinal Use in: Arthritis, Hay Fever, Depression, High Cholesterol, Itchy Skin

Requirements: Full sun, regular soil, deep watering

What to Note: A seasonal plant that grows best June through February. Needs bottom wide container for good growth. Once harvested, central root nodes can be re-planted.

Growing Tips at: https://mumbaifarmer.com/what-to-grow/growing-turmeric-in-mumbai/

All the plants listed above are easy to grow in Mumbai weather. In fact, there are many more that did not make the list for want of space, like Brahmi, Vaathamkoli, Lemongrass, Citronella, Rosary Pea, Cardamom and Arrowroot. Available year round in my nursery (except for a few that are seasonally available like Turmeric, Indian Ginger & Arrowroot) they can be grown in containers on a balcony or large window grill that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight.


Sufficiently enthused about making a start? With the pandemic upon us - now and for the foreseeable future - it's time to move toward local and simple self-sufficiency by growing some of our own medicine at home. It's time to take control of our own health. And it's time to make those health and lifestyle choices that the pandemic seems to be highlighting to the world.


Take care, stay safe and happy growing!


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