8 Lesser-Known Medicinal Herbs You Should Add to Your Garden


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Scientific Name: Bacopa monnieri

Uses: Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to “that which gives knowledge of Brahmin, or supreme reality”. Traditionally, it’s used in its native India to assist with meditation, concentration, memory and overall brain health. Modern research has also proven that brahmi improves cognitive function. The plant is completely edible and can be steeped into a tea or added fresh to salad, pesto or other dishes.

Hardiness: USDA Zone 8. It can be grown as an annual or indoor plant in colder climates.

Growing Tips: Brahmi is a creeping, succulent plant that only grows up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) tall. It’s easy to care for and prefers full sun and moist conditions. A healthy plant tends to grow quickly, which means you can regularly harvest branches to eat.

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