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Top 20 Medicinal Plants for Balcony Garden

    It’s not always possible to consult a physician for even the smallest of ailments. Common illness. Other medications may have a bad impact on the human body. Organic and natural medications are less likely to cause any adverse effects. Therefore, cultivation of medicinal plants at home possess various benefits to oneself.

    Top 20 Medicinal plants for Balcony Garden:

    1. Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera is one of the most common succulents popularly known for its medicinal properties. This tropical plant possesses innumerable health benefits.It is used for the treatment of various stomach disorders and also for treating skin defects and hair problems.

    Growth Dimensions: When matured, they can grow up to a height of 1 to 2 feet.

    Specialty: The gel, if applied on the face, gives a glow and helps alleviate acnes and pimples.

    2. Azadirachta indica (Neem)

    Azadirachta indica (Neem)

    Neem plant is native to Indian subcontinent. This plant prefers tropical and subtropical regions. It has got various commercial uses including the production and sale of neem oil.

    Growth Dimensions: Neem plants have a rapid growth rate.

    Specialty: The leaves of the plant have antifungal and antiviral properties. The dried leaves are kept for the storage of grains, alleviating unnecessary insects from them. They have edible flowers and shoots.

    3. Mint

    Mint

    Mint has around 13 to 18 different species. It is an aromatic plant with white to purple flowers. Mint has been considered very healthy especially for the treatment of stomach disorders.

    Growth Dimensions: It can grow up to a height of around 10 to 120 centimeters tall.

    Specialty: Mint leaves are used for the preparation of medicines to treat chest pain and irritable bowel syndrome. Mint is also used as a mouth freshener.

    4. Holy Basil

    Holy Basil

    Holy Basil is probably the most common plant found because of the fact that it is considered as a holy plant and is worshiped by Indians. 

    Growth Dimensions: The height of the plant is usually around 90 centimeters.

    Specialty: The leaves are used to prepare herbal tea as well as Tulsi oil. This oil is extracted from the plant and is considered to be healthy. The plant also repels insects.

    5. Coriander

    Coriander

    Coriander is a low maintenance plant. Being easy to grow, it does not require frequent watering or optimum sunlight.

    It is also used for plating dishes.

    Growth Dimensions: The height of a coriander plant may be around 18 to 24 inches.

    Specialty: Coriander leaves are believed to cure digestive issues.

    6. Carom

    Carom

    Carom plants are very healthy for the stomach. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared using it. It is a low maintenance plant and therefore does not require much water or sunlight. 

    Growth Dimensions: Carom plants can grow up to a height of 3 feet.

    Specialty: The leaves can be used as a mouth freshener.

    7. Lemon grass

    Lemon grass

    Lemon grass has excellent Medicinal properties. It consists of anti- pyretic properties. It can be consumed in the form of tea.

    Growth Dimensions: The plant may grow up to a height of 3 to 5 feet.

    Specialty: The tea can cure sore throat, insomnia and can also be a remedy to menstrual pain.

    8. Nepenthes

    Nepenthes

    Nepenthes is a carnivorous plant that has got around 100 species. The pitchers in the plant have a water storing capacity that helps them in drought. They attract insects by the nectar and colors.

    Growth Dimensions: This is said to be the biggest Carnivorous plant with a height of 1.5 metres.

    Benefits: Pitcher plants are usually used for the treatment of various problems that include constipation, smallpox and fluid sensations.

    9. Rose

    Rose

    Rose is termed as the king of flowers, being considered as one of the most beautiful flowers of the garden, it is one that requires care and attention. It has got nearly 100 species. It blooms even in the scorching heat of the sun. Withstanding excessive heat and temperature it reflects incredible look and smell. 

    Growth Dimensions: The smaller size grows with an average height of o.5 inches and the larger size grows with an average height of 7 inches.

    Specialty:It is consumed by people at various places because it is believed to have healing effects for certain diseases. It is also recommended by doctors to the patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders.

    10. Hibiscus

    Hibiscus

    Hibiscus blooms completely and therefore its large sized petals require adequate space. It needs direct sunlight and is available in different colors.

    Growth Dimensions: It grows for about three and seven feet tall. The deep red flowers grow to three inches to five inches.

    Specialty: It is believed to act as a benefit for human hair and decrease blood sugar levels.

    11. Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea is a climber and therefore grows at most of the places because of its rapid growth rate.

    Growth Dimensions: It can even grow more than 36 inches a year.

    Benefits:It is anti inflammatory and anti viral. It also acts as an anti tumor and anti bacterial medicine. It heals diabetes.

    12. Jade Plant

    Jade Plant

    Jade is a succulent having a bit of reddish appearance on its edges. The leaves of the Jade Plant are small, thick and oval shaped.

    Growth Dimensions: It can grow up to 2 inches long.

    Benefits: They have healing properties and can cure nausea and diarrhea.

    13. Stonecrop

    Stonecrop

    The color of stonecrop ranges from pink, blue, silver to bright green. These are popularly known for their beautiful colors that become the reason behind the beauty of an orchard.

    Growth Dimensions: It generally grows up to 1 to 3 feet.

    Benefits: It is used to cure mouth ulcers, wounds, burns and so more.

    14. Hens-and-chicks

    Hens-and-chicks

    Hens-and-chicks are available in around 3000 species. Their appearance is exactly like that of a flower and they usually grow rapidly. They are found in a wide range of colors.

    Growth Dimensions: They can grow up to a height of 2 feet or more.

    Benefits: It’s juice and leaves are used to make folk medicine.

    15. Pig’s Ear

    Pig's Ear

    It’s leaves are really thick and have the ability to survive extreme temperatures. They are usually green in color with a reddish like appearance on their edges.

    Growth Dimensions: Having a height of around 4 feet tall, they have comparatively bigger size and are usually preferred in the gardens.

    Benefits: The leaves and juices are used for various purposes and for the treatment of intestinal worms.

    16. Bird’s Nest Fern

    Bird’s Nest Fern

    It is a tropical plant that belongs to Australia and South Eastern Asia. It is also one of the most preferred and low maintenance  house plants.

    Growth Dimensions: The average height of  Bird’s Nest Fern is 50 to 150 centimeters.

    Benefits: It is edible and has also been used for the preparation of medicines to treat Asthma and many more.

    17. Sweetheart Hoya

    Sweetheart Hoya

    Sweetheart Hoya is an annual flower with innumerable colors. This gives them a graceful look and they resemble a face like structure

    Growth Dimensions: These grow up to 2 to 4 inches in diameter. 

    Benefits: It possesses health benefits by healing respiratory problems and urinary issues.

    18. English Ivy

    English Ivy

    English Ivy are natives to Europe and Asia. These are one of the fastest growing plants and are claimed to attract wildlife.

    Growth Dimensions: These usually grow up to a height of 20-30 meters.

    Benefits: English Ivy is used for the preparation of medicines to treat cough.

    19. Pansies

     Pansies

    Pansies are annual flowers with innumerable colors. This gives them a graceful look. They resemble a face like structure.

    Growth Dimensions: These grow up to 2 to 4 inches in diameter. 

    Benefits: It possesses health benefits by healing respiratory problems and urinary issues.

    20. Lotus

    Lotus

    Lotus is the national flower of India and is considered religious by people in the Indian subcontinent. It possesses various benefits. 

    Growth Dimensions: It grows at an average height of 18 to 60 inches.

    Specialty: It grows in muddy ponds and water bodies.

    Benefits: Certain parts of the plant is used for the purpose of consumption and is believed to heal cardiovascular diseases.

    CONCLUSION:

    Medicinal Plants can undoubtedly be of great help to people because common ailments can be treated with the help of such plants. Day to day problems including headache, stress, cough and sore throat can be treated easily. As a consequence of this organic treatment, there are lesser chances of side effects too.