3 extremely useful and medicinal indoor plants
Plants that we keep in pots (on the window or balcony or in the room) can be roots and medicinal even though they are not exotic plants.
- Sanseveria – this plant has its origins in Africa and South Asia and therefore easily tolerates heat and drought. The plant does not need to be watered regularly and tolerates poor soil well. Tall varieties look beautiful in open pots. Low species are suitable for group cultivation. Hard, fleshy emerald-colored leaves with a yellow border and transverse patterns give decorativeness. Sanseveria can also bloom in the evening. The flower is formed at the top of a thin stem. It has a very pleasant aroma. The leaves of the plant have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic and antifungal properties. They can be used as a mild choleretic – to increase the production of bile, as a diuretic, to lower body temperature, promote the expulsion of mucus from the chest and stop bleeding. Homemade rinsing liquid: finely chop one large sanseveria leaf. Pour over 250 ml of water. Cook and after boiling, cook for another 10 minutes. Keep for half an hour in a thermos bottle and strain. Gargle your throat and mouth to relieve a sore throat.
- Indian onion – the plant originates from Africa, although flower growers call it Indian onion. The plant has a large and unburied bulb that is a storehouse of water and nutrients and gives decorativeness. The age of the plant can be determined by the number of leaves. The plant flowers only after the second year. The flowers are fragrant, small and star-shaped. Indian onion is not a demanding plant because it grows and develops without any problems. Large leaves accumulating nutrients can be torn off due to their own weight. Leaves and flower stalks are used for medicinal purposes. They contain essential oils, alkaloids, glycosides, antioxidants, organic acids, macro and micro elements. This plant has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiviral properties due to its composition. It strengthens blood vessels, improves blood circulation, prevents the formation of blood clots and promotes tissue regeneration. Homemade lard with Indian onions: mix two tablespoons of leaf pulp with four tablespoons of melted lard. steam for ten minutes. Wrap and let the preparation cool. Rub homemade ointment into painful places due to osteochondrosis, arthrosis and radiculitis.
- Begonia – the homeland of this plant is hot Brazil. Begonia can therefore store water and nutrients in its juicy leaves and stems. The plant is easy to grow. Today there are many types of plants with different leaf colors. The plant is therefore decorative and without flowering. By the way, this plant blooms profusely throughout the year. The flowers are not large and the color is usually contrasting with the color of the leaves. The leaves contain a lot of biologically active substances (including phytoncides and fatty acids) that have a stimulating effect on the human body. The leaves increase working capacity, strengthen the immune system and improve the mental state. Tincture cures stomach ulcer, intestinal spasms and improves digestion. The external use of leaves and shoots of evergreen begonia has a positive effect against diseased joints and the healing of wounds and ulcers. Homemade tincture: grind shoots with begonia leaves in a blender. Add brandy in a ratio of 1:1. Leave for 2 weeks in a dark place. Strain the prepared tincture. Thick sediment can be used for compresses against diseased joints. Take 10 drops of homemade tincture with water (three times a day half an hour before meals) if you have intestinal colic.