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Natural ingredients in organic quality and free of artificial additives: So one wishes his cosmetics and care products. We would like to introduce you to the five best wellness plants, some of which have been used for millennia because of their special active ingredients. The best thing about it: You can even grow your own home plants as houseplants.
Surely you have heard of the southern Chinese province of Guizhou? Nowhere else live more about centenarians than there. The cause of this astonishingly old age and the robust health of the people researchers may find in the tea, which is drunk there. It is made from jiaogulan, also called the herb of immortality. The lightly licorice-tasting leaves contain a great deal of saponins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and complex sugar compounds, all of which have a positive effect on the human organism. Jiaogulan also plays an important role in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In trade, the herb of immortality is usually dried and rolled rolled into balls. Take one scoop or two teaspoons of fresh or dried leaves and pour boiling water over them. Leave the tea covered for ten minutes and drink up to three cups daily.
The tea of centenarians is made from Jiaogulan leaves
Planting tips: When keeping in the pot, you can use normal humus rich potting soil. The location should be sunny to partially shaded. The climber needs a trellis. Regular watering and about every two weeks some organic fertilizer keeps the herb of immortality healthy.
When it comes to wellness plants, the (true) aloe vera must not be missing. Their precious gel has been valued for millennia and used for skin and hair care. Already Nefertiti, the wife of King Akhenaten, has allegedly used it for beauty care. The gel of Aloe vera moisturizes and helps the skin to regenerate itself. It can even be used for acne or atopic dermatitis and refines the appearance of the skin. As a shampoo or cure, Aloe vera helps against dandruff and strengthens the hair from the roots. To maintain the nourishing gel you should always harvest the lower leaves. These are the oldest, usually have the largest diameter and therefore contain a lot of gel. Always remove the complete sheet. Then store it in the fridge and cut off a slice if necessary. Especially chilled, it helps in the morning against a swollen and tired face.
Planting tips: In room culture Aloe vera needs a warm and sunny location. Your substrate should be as much as possible containing sand. We recommend commercial cactus clay. In winter, the plant is almost never poured, in summer only so much that the substrate is slightly damp - but this constant. Never pour into the leaves, just pour directly into the earth! The succulent is very prone to rot.
Especially in autumn and winter, the marigold (Calendula offincinalis) may not be missing in a wellness program. The plant has both anti-inflammatory and wound healing promoting effect. Perfect for the dry winter skin! The dried flowers are used. You can easily process them into oil or ointment.
Planting tips: Marigolds need a sunny spot and a sandy to loamy substrate. Classically, they are planted in cottage gardens, but can also stand in the pot or bucket on the balcony and terrace. There, however, regular Wassergaben are needed.
The delicious and healthy cranberries can be kept well in the pot
The cranberry is actually native to North America - but has meanwhile triumphed worldwide. Especially in terms of wellness and health plays the herb-sour berry a big role. The antioxidants contained in it reduce cell damage and fundamentally slow down the aging process of cells. Do something good and enjoy the cranberries as juice or jelly, also in dried form, for example in the morning in cereal. For external application is now a wide range of organic and natural cosmetic products available. Especially regenerating face masks and creams with cranberries are particularly suitable for a well-kept wellness day.
Planting tips: Cranberries can also be kept in pots or tubs. The site should be protected and sunny, the substrate humus rich and slightly acidic. In the pot, the plant must be watered regularly.
Chinese split basket
The Chinese Spaltkörchen, also called China berry or Schisandra berry, known and appreciated, especially in Asia.There one calls the climbing plant from the family of the star anise plants (Schisandraceae) also as kraft berry. As such, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It has a very high vitamin content and contains many minerals and essential oils. You eat the fruits in dried form (not more than five grams daily) or make tea from them. Take two teaspoons of berries and pour them over with boiling water. Let the tea soak for ten minutes. Then he is strained and drunk in small sips. Recommended are three cups daily. Incidentally, China fruits offer a very special taste experience: The fruits of the Chinese food basket combine five flavors: sweet, sour, salty, hot and bitter. They help against depression, in skin problems, have a general invigorating effect and bring strength from within.
Planting tips: As long as the Chinese collapsible basket is small, you can hold it comfortably in the pot. Later, however, the shrub should move to the garden, as it reaches a size of three to eight meters. The location should be partially shaded. A well-drained, humus-rich and nutrient-rich substrate is ideal. Harvest time for the healthy fruits is from September to October.