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Many plants have amazing powers. Several of them like fenugreek & Neem can help controlling diabetes mellitus, a systemic disease that is troubling a large part of the worldwide population. I’m very excited to share with you today one more medicinal plant that possibly has the power to lower blood sugar. In fact, the plant is called the Insulin plant because of its believed ability to cause hypoglycemia.

The Insulin plant is native to Eastern Brazil. It is also known as the Fiery Costus, Step ladder, or spiral flag plant. In India, it is a valued Ayurvedic medicine known…

In my previous stories, I have discussed herbs that smell and taste like cilantro. I have already shared with you the information on cilantro’s one brother culantro. Now, we will meet cilantro’s other cousin, Rau Ram, or Vietnamese coriander.

Rau Ram/ Vietnamese coriander is an integral part of the Vietnamese, Singaporean, and Malay cuisines. This intensely fragrant herb can be added to various stews, soups, salad, and meat dishes to make several traditional dishes to the next level. It is part of a famous Laksa Soup, a Malay soup dish and hence commonly called laksa leaves. The plant is…

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Being born and brought up in one of the busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, I never got the opportunity to connect with nature that much. Today, I released a video on my YouTube channel Seed to Life of my first time encounter with a snake. Some other person who was also there identified the snake as a copperhead snake and I easily believed it. It turned out to be a harmless rat snake. Some expert viewers corrected me and gave me the information that I was looking for. Thanks to them. …

Cilantro Seed Saving @aseedtolife

Are you a cilantro lover or hater? Did you know that it could be not you but your genes that decide whether you like cilantro or not? According to one study, certain genes may be responsible for you being a cilantro lover or hater. So if you don’t like the smell of cilantro you may be able to blame it on your olfactory-receptor genes, which influence your sense of smell.

In one of my previous stories, I compared three different herbs cilantro, culantro, and Rau Ram/ Vietnamese Coriander that taste similar. Today we will see how…

Cilantro- Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro is one of the most widely used herbs. It is part of almost all south Asian curries and many savory dishes. But do you know there are other plants that are so similar in taste to that of cilantro that if you put them in some dish you may mistake it for cilantro? In India, we call Cilantro, Coriander leaves since the seeds are called coriander seeds. These other plants are Culantro/ Mexican coriander and Rau Ram/Vietnamese Coriander.

Botanical Names

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Composting can make many people anxious. My journey of making homemade compost started when we moved into our new house. One of the trees in front of our new home died soon after planting. The builder replaced it. The new Oaktree came in a 100-gallon container. I got two containers from them and I started dumping my green trash and grass clippings into that 50-gallon container and used the 100-gallon container to cover it. The container was so big and sturdy that I could easily mix my compost inside frequently. I started big considering I was just a…

How to Grow Cuban Oregano?

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Just like oregano and carom seeds, Cuban Oregano is also an aromatic herb and is part of various cuisines. It is used to make fritters, chutneys, and even can go in soups, traditional remedies, and salads. I sometimes use it to make fritters by dipping them in the chickpea flour and deep-frying it. They are somewhat oily but taste awesome.

Deep-Fried Fresh Cuban Oregano Leaves Coated with Chick Pea Flour

Origin of Cuban Oregano

The botanical name of Cuban oregano is Coleus amboinicus / Plectranthus amboinicus. The origin is in Africa. People from tropical rainforest use it in several herbal remedies. It is…

After comparing it with the other two types of oregano plants, we are going to see how to grow carom seeds or True Ajwain plants. Not the Ajwain leaf. Carom seeds are native to Egypt and are cultivated in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan, Carom seeds, cumin seeds, and other plants from the Apiaceae family are collectively known as bishop’s weed.

How to Grow Oregano

How to Grow Cuban Oregano

The botanical name of carom seeds is Trachyspermum ammi

Carom seeds have been part of traditional Persian and Indian medicines since ancient times. It is a spicy herb…

Benefits and Tips to Grow Oregano Unlimited

If you like Italian food then is one the must-have item in the Italian seasoning. I love the pleasantly strong smell of oregano. There is nothing like homemade herb seasoning. When I purchased my cute spice box, it came with many herbs and the smell was terrible. But whenever I try to make Italian dishes I get some fresh oregano and warm it in the oven for 15 mins. As soon as it starts releasing the essential oils, I take it out and add it to the dish. That way you get instant…

Allopathy vs Natural Medicines

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You might be noticing recently more and more shelves are filled with natural medicines and herbal remedies. Even the big-box retailers are making space for these herbal remedies alongside synthetic medicines. When the first time I saw turmeric powder in pills, I was really surprised. I’m very well aware of the uses of turmeric as medicine but never thought of buying turmeric and other medicinal herbs like fenugreek, elderberry, ginger powder in pills. But this recent sudden spike clearly shows that many people have started considering natural medicines as one of the possible options to cure diseases. As…


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