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Must-have medicinal plants for home gardens in Kashmir valley

Bestowed with temperate climate, 20 medicinal plants which grow very well in Kashmir environment are presented briefly that every house hold must have to grow for many reasons.

The plants can be grown in flower beds as well as in containers. All these plants bear attractive flowers besides having medicinal value.

 Lavenders are perennial bushy shrubs 50-80 cm tall with attractive flowers. The flowers are of violet–blue to purple shade. Essential oil obtained from the flowers combats halitosis, is antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, diuretic, nerving, sedative, stimulative, stomachic and tonic. It is rich in linalyl acetate and linalool and further aroma components are β-ocimene, cineol, and caryophyllene epoxide, even coumarin are present.

Wild thyme is a perennial shrub aerial parts of which are used in treating illnesses related to the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.. Thyme essential oil has an ever-growing number of uses in contemporary medicine due to its pharmacological properties: anti- oxidative, antimicrobial, and anti-carcinogenic activities.

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